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Dec. 3, 2011

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No. 17 Pitt at Tennessee, December 3, 2011, Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boling Arena

No. 17 Pitt 61, Tennessee 56

*Pitt extended its win streak to five games and improved to 7-1 on the year. 

*The win marked Pitt's second road game of the 2011-12 season. Pitt has now won 23 of its last 31 road games.

*Pitt started two freshmen--Khem Birch at center and Cameron Wright (redshirt) at guard. The game marked the first time that Pitt started two freshman in a game since Jamie Dixon became head coach in 2003-04. 

*With the win, Pitt improved to 2-4 all-time in six meetings vs. Tennessee. Last year, the Vols defeated Pitt 83-76 in an SEC/Big East Invitational game played at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. The win broke Pitt's three-game losing streak in the series. Pitt has now won seven of its last eight games against Southeastern Conference foes and improve to 23-26 all-time vs. SEC schools. The game marked Pitt's first appearance in Knoxville since a Dec. 6, 1998 game vs. Tennessee.

*Jamie Dixon improved to 103-8 all-time vs. non-conference opponents. In his ninth year as head coach, he now has a 223-61 career record. 

*With his 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Nasir Robinson registered his seventh career double-double and first of the year. His nine offensive rebounds marked a career-high and his 12 total boards tied a career-high. He has now reached double figure scoring in five of eight contests on the year.

*Ashton Gibbs notched his 68th career double figure scoring game and eighth of the year with 16 points. He tied a career-high with three steals. With his first two points of the game, Gibbs passed Jerry McCullough (1342) for 16th place on Pitt's all-time career scoring list. He now has 1357 career points. Brandin Knight is in 15th place with 1440 career points. 

*Freshman John Johnson dished out a career-high three assists, played in a career-high 18 minutes and set career-highs for both field goals and attempts (3-6).

*Dante Taylor tied a career-high with eight field goal attempts. He finished with eight points and five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. 

*Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Wright made his first career start. He played a career-high 25 minutes.

*Former Pitt Panther Dwight Miller played 13 minutes off the bench for Tennessee. He finished with four points and two rebounds. 

*Pitt hit only 33 percent (3-9) of its free throw attempts, a marked that ranked as the third lowest in the Jamie Dixon Era.

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