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Dec. 6, 2011

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VMI at No. 15 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 6, 2011

No. 15 Pitt, 97, VMI 70

*The win pushed Pitt’s win streak to six games and improves its overall record at the Petersen Events Center to 154-13 and 89-2 against non-conference opponents in the arena.

*The contest marked the first series meeting between and Pitt and VMI. It was Pitt’s second vs. a Big South opponent. Pitt played UNC-Asheville in last year’s NCAA Tournament, a 74-51 Second Round victory in Washington, D.C.

*Pitt grabbed a school-record 60 rebounds on the evening. Its previous high was 59, achieved three times: vs. Vermont (Dec. 8, 2008), vs. Houston Baptist (Nov. 9, 2007) and vs. North Florida (Nov. 13, 2010).

*Pitt’s 57 first half points were the most points scored in a half in Petersen Events Center history. The previous record was 55 when Pitt reached that total in the second half in a 103-62 win over Houston Baptist on Nov. 9, 2007.

*Pitt’s 97 points were its most scored in a game since it scored 97 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 18, 2010.

*The Panthers held VMI to 70 points. VMI came into the game averaging 83.7 points per game, the 12th best mark in Division I.

*Nasir Robinson recorded his second consecutive and eighth career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. He recorded a double-double in the first half alone with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He also tied a career-high with five assists and continued his hot shooting, going 8-for-9 from the floor.

*Ashton Gibbs led the team with 20 points, his 69th career double figure scoring game and 28th 20-point scoring game. Gibbs has scored 20 or more points in five of Pitt’s first nine games. Gibbs also tied career-highs for 3-point field goals made and attempted (6-15). He has now hit six 3-pointers in 10 games. Gibbs has hit at least three or more 3-pointers in 49 career games.

*John Johnson set career-highs for points (13), minutes played (24), free throws made (5) and assists (5). He also tied career a career-high with three field goals made.

*J.J. Moore finished with 16 points and a career-high four 3-pointers. It was his sixth career game in double figure scoring game and second of the year.

*Lamar Patterson tied a career-high with six assists and Isaiah Epps set a career-high with nine minutes played.

*For the second consecutive game, Ashton Gibbs, Cameron Wright, Lamar Patterson, Nasir Robinson and Khem Birch started the game for the Panthers.

*Pitt’s bench outscored VMI 34-33 in the first half and scored 47 points for the game.

*Pitt also hit 13 3-pointers, one shy of the Petersen Events Center record of 14.

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