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Dec. 4, 2010

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Rider at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 4, 2010

Pitt 87, Rider 68


*With the win, Pitt extended its home win streak against non-conference opponents to 53. The Panthers are now 138-11 all-time in the Petersen Events Center and have won 44 of their last 45 home games.


*Pitt has now won 102 of 103 home games against regular season non-conference opponents and holds an 81-1 record against non-conference opponents inside the Petersen Events Center.



*In just his eighth season as head coach, Jamie Dixon earned his 197th win and now needs just three wins to reach the 200-win plateau. With three more wins, Dixon will become the fastest coach in Pitt history to reach the 200-win marker and will tie the NCAA Division I record for quickest to 200 wins in eight seasons (matching the record by Gonzaga's Mark Few and Kansas' Roy Williams).


*It was the first contest between Pitt and Rider. The Panthers are now 14-6 all-time against opponents from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.


*Pitt's starters for the contest were forwards Gilbert Brown and Talib Zanna, guards Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker and center Gary McGhee.


*Pitt played 10 different players in the first half and had nine register points in the first period of play. Pitt had 13 players register minutes in the game, with 10 of those players recording at least one made field goal.


*With 27 assists on the night, the Panthers tied a season-high in assists (also had 27 assists in 97-54 win against Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 10).


*Pitt assisted on an impressive 27 of 31 field goals and turned the ball over a season-low six times (eight was previous low on turnovers: vs. Penn on Nov. 27).


*Pitt outrebounded Rider 35-25 and recorded 12 offensive rebounds, giving the Panthers double-digit offensive rebounds in each game this season. Pitt has outrebounded eight of nine opponents this season and is outrebounding opponents by an average of 16 per game.


*Pitt outscored Rider in points off turnovers (23-8), second-chance points (10-7), fast-break points (20-6) and bench-scoring (31-6).


*Pitt tied a season-high in steals with eight (two other times: vs. Rhode Island on Nov. 8; vs. North Florida on Nov. 13).


*Pitt had four players reach double-figure scoring including Brad Wanamaker (16), Ashton Gibbs (16), Dante Taylor (12) and Gilbert Brown (11).


*Brad Wanamaker recorded 16 points and 11 assists, giving him his first double-double of the season and the seventh of his career. It was Wanamaker's third point-rebounds double-double and the 11 assists set a season-high. Wanamaker now has 34 games in his career in which he's reached double-figures. Additionally, Wanamaker did not have any turnovers in the contest - the first time on the season he's accomplished that feat. It also marks the first time a Pitt player reached double figure assists with no turnovers since Levance Fields accomplished it vs. Cincinnati in February, 2009.


*With 16 points on the day, Ashton Gibbs has now reached double-figure scoring in each game this season. Gibbs was 4-8 on 3-pointers on the day and has hit at least two 3-pointers in each game this year. Gibbs has hit 4-8 3-pointers in three of the last four games (vs. Duquesne on Dec. 1; vs. Robert Morris on Nov. 23).


*Gary McGhee pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and has now had double-figure rebounds in three games this season (all within the last four contests).


*Gilbert Brown's 11 points gives him five games this season reaching double-figure scoring.


*Dante Taylor set a season-high in scoring with 12 points (former high was 11 vs. Penn on Nov. 27). Taylor added five rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

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