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Dec. 6, 2008

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Pitt vs. Vermont; December 6, 2008; Petersen Events Center


*Pitt held Vermont to 27.4 percent field goal (17-62) shooting on the evening. The 27.4 percent marked the second lowest field goal percentage yielded in Petersen Events Center history and third lowest mark of the Jamie Dixon Era.


*With his 28 points, Sam Young registered his fifth 20-plus point scoring contest of the year and 22nd of his career. He has now surpassed the 20-point mark in four of Pitt’s last five contests. He also reached double figure scoring for the eighth time this year and 71st time in his career. Young grabbed a season-high nine rebounds on the night.


*With his 13 points and 17 rebounds, DeJuan Blair registered his sixth double-double of the year and 20th of his career. He has totaled double-doubles in six of Pitt’s nine games this year. The game also marked Blair’s 32nd career double figure scoring game and 24th career rebounding contest.


*Tyrell Biggs notched his third double figure scoring game of the year and 11th of his career. He finished the game with 10 points including a career-high tying two 3-pointers.


*Levance Fields finished the game with eight assists. He moved into seventh place on Pitt’s all-time career assists list with 438 in his four-year career. Tonight, he surpassed Dwayne Wallace (436 from 1978-82). Fields also needs just 40 points to become the 37th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for a career. He currently has 960 career points.


*Freshman Ashton Gibbs scored a career-high 11 points on the evening. He hit two key 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a career-high three 3-pointers on the night.


*Pitt and Vermont met for the third time in series history. Pitt improved to 3-0 vs. the Catamounts. Vermont marks the first of two consecutive America East opponents that Pitt will play. Pitt hosts Maryland-Baltimore County next Saturday at 7 p.m. Pitt also improved to 7-0 all-time vs. America East Conference foes.


*Pitt improved to 9-0 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, 9-0 in 2002-03 and 9-0 in 2008-09.


*With the win, Pitt improved to 103-10 in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 63-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has now won 84 of its last 86 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.


*Pit won its 35th consecutive home game against a non-conference home opponent. The 34 victories mark a school record. Pitt is 6-0 at home this year.


*With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 35-3 in December games. Combining his November and December games, Dixon is now 66-3 in those contests.


*Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 141-40 overall record.

*Pitt limited Vermont to 51 points on the evening. The Panthers have limited each of their first nine opponents to less than 70 points. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 147 of its 181 opponents under 70 points.

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