Dec. 4, 2009
New Hampshire at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 4, 2009
Pitt 48, New Hampshire 32
*Pitt and New Hampshire set an NCAA record for fewest combined points scored in a half since 1986 (shot clock era). Pitt (15) and UNH (7) combined for 22 points in the first half. Previously, the lowest combined scoring output was 28 points by Mississippi (15) and South Carolina (13) on January 8, 2003. South Carolina defeated Mississippi 55-49. New Hampshire’s seven points in the first half were the lowest by a Pitt opponent in the Jamie Dixon Era. Penn State managed just 11 points in the first half before losing 64-37 on Dec. 6, 2003.
*Pitt held New Hampshire to seven points in the first half, which also tied an NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a half since 1986 (shot clock era). Ohio also held Central Michigan to seven points in a half on Jan. 14, 2006.
*Pitt extended its home win streak to 26 consecutive games. The 26-game win streak ranks third among the school’s all-time longest home win streaks. The school record is 40 straight home wins from Jan. 22, 2001-Feb. 15, 2004. Pitt won its first 34 games in the Petersen Events Center.
*Pitt’s 26-game home win streak ranks as the third longest win streak in NCAA Division I. According to the NCAA, the longest win streaks in Division I include: Kansas (45), Utah State (37) and Pitt (26)
*The Panthers have now tied a school record with their 43rd straight win at home against non-conference opponents. Pitt needs one more win (vs. Kent State on Dec. 12) to break its school record 43 game home win streak vs. non-conference opponents.
*New Hampshire’s 32 total points were the fewest by a Pitt opponent since the Panthers held Rutgers to 21 points on Dec. 4, 1973. The Pitt-Rutgers game in 1973 was halted by a protest. The previous low in the Jamie Dixon Era was 37 points, scored by Penn State on Dec. 6, 2003.
*According to Stats Inc., it was the third time this season that an NCAA Division I team was held to 32 points or less. The last time a Big East team held an opponent to 32 points or less was on Dec. 16, 2006, when Georgetown beat Winston Salem State 76-32.
*Pitt improved to 71-1 in games played against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center and improved its all-time home record to 120-10 overall in the Petersen Events Center. Head Coach Jamie Dixon now has a 41-3 record in games played in December and is 80-5 overall against non-conference opponents.
*By holding New Hampshire to 32 points, the Panthers have now held 115 of 129 teams faced in the Petersen Events Center to less than 70 points. Pitt has held all five opponents at the Petersen Events Center this season to 60 points or fewer. Pitt is 136-4 over the last nine years when holding opponents to 60 points or fewer.
*The Panthers have now won 97 games by 10 or more points at the Petersen Events Center.
*Pitt and New Hampshire met for the second time in history and the first time since Dec. 27, 2003. Pitt improved to 2-0 against the Wildcats and is now 11-0 all-time vs. the America East Conference. New Hampshire is coached by Bill Herrion, the older brother of Pitt Associate Head Coach Tom Herrion.
*Junior guard Brad Wanamaker had career-highs in points (19) and field goals made (7). Wanamaker has now scored in double-figures six times this season.
*Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs had career-highs in points (23), field goals made (9), field goal attempts (16). Gibbs has now scored in double-figures six times this season.