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Dec. 3, 2008

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The “City Game” Pitt vs. Duquesne; December 3, 2008; Petersen Events Center


*Pitt wore gold uniforms in a game for the first time since January 8, 2000 when it hosted Connecticut at Fitzgerald Field House. Pitt also wore gold uniforms for the Duquesne City Game that season.


*With his 14 points and 17 rebounds, DeJuan Blair registered his fifth double-double of the year and 19th of his career. He has totaled double-doubles in five of Pitt’s eight games this year. At halftime, Blair had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The game marked Blair’s 31st career double figure scoring game and 23rd career rebounding contest. Blair tied career-highs for offensive rebounds (10) and steals (5).


*With his 23 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the seventh time this year and 70th time in his career. It was his fourth 20-plus point scoring contest of the year and 21st of his career.


*Jermaine Dixon scored 12 points on the evening. Dixon contributed his third double figure scoring game of the year. He also set career-highs for field goal attempts (13) and steals (3).


*With his 11 assists on the evening, Levance Fields finished with his second double figure assist day. Earlier this season, he registered a career-high 12 assists vs. Akron.


*Brad Wanamaker grabbed a career-high five rebounds. He also contributed eight points on the evening.


*Pitt’s 16 steals tied a Petersen Events Center and Jamie Dixon Era record. Pitt also registered 16 steals vs. Buffalo (Nov. 23, 2007) and vs. Houston Baptist (Nov. 9, 2007). The school record for steals is 20 set vs. Indiana, Pa. on December 16, 1978.


*Pitt’s 27-point victory was its largest in the series since a 30-point win over the Dukes on December 4, 2004 (87-57).


*The 27-point win marked the 46th 20-plus point victory in Petersen Events Center history. Additionally, Pitt held its 64th out of 112 opponents to 60 points or less.


*Pitt and Duquesne met for the 77th time in series history. The game marks the 39th consecutive season that Pitt and Duquesne met in men’s basketball. The two schools are 2.15 miles apart.


*The Panthers defeated Duquesne for the eighth consecutive matchup. Pitt has now won 27 of the last 30 games dating back to the 1982 season. In the all-time series, Pitt improves to 46-31 all-time vs. Duquesne. Pitt also improves to 128-81 all-time vs. Atlantic 10 Conference opponents.


*Pitt improved to 8-0 for the seventh consecutive season. Pitt’s all-time best starts to a season and most consecutive victories to start a season include: 21-0 in 1927-28, 18-0 in 2003-04, 15-0 in 2005-06, 15-0 in 1915-16, 12-0 in 1929-30, 11-0 in 2007-08, 10-0 in 2006-07, 10-0 in 2004-05, 9-0 in 1987-88 and 9-0 in 2002-03.


*With the win, Pitt improved to 102-10 in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 62-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has now won 83 of its last 84 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.


*Pit won its 34th consecutive home game against a non-conference home opponent. The 34 victories mark a school record. Pitt is 6-0 at home this year.


*Pitt improved to 4-0 all-time vs. Duquesne in games played at the Petersen Events Center. Duquesne and Pitt played the arena’s first game on November 23, 2002, an 82-67 Pitt win.


*Duquesne fell to 0-9 all-time vs. nationally ranked Pitt teams.


*With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 34-3 in December games. Combining his November and December games, Dixon is now 65-3 in those contests.


*Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 140-40 overall record.


*Pitt limited Duquesne to 51 points on the evening. The Panthers have limited each of their first eight opponents to less than 70 points. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 146 of its 180 opponents under 70 points.

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