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Dec. 11, 2010

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Pitt vs. Tennessee, SEC Big East Invitational, CONSOL Energy Center, December 11, 2010

No. 11 Tennessee 83, No. 3 Pitt 76


*In the fifth-ever game between Pitt and Tennessee and Pitt’s first-ever game in the SEC Big East Invitational, Pitt lost its first game of the season and dropped to 10-1. Pitt had previously had a six-game winning streak against SEC opponents, dating back to a Dec. 31, 2002 loss at Georgia.


*Pitt’s record moved to 1-1 at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Panthers defeated Duquesne in the CONSOL Energy Center’s first-ever basketball game on December 1.


*Pitt’s loss snapped a 10-game win streak, which had led Pitt to a 10-0 start for only the ninth time in school history and seventh time in the last eight years (1927-28, 1929-30, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09).


*Pitt was outrebounded 34-32 — just the second time this season the Panthers were outrebounded (Texas also outrebounded Pitt by two on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden). Still, Pitt managed an 18-11 margin on the offensive boards. Pitt has now reached double-figure offensive rebounds in each game this year.


*Tennessee shot 56.3 percent (27-48) from the floor. The last time a team shot over 56.3 percent from the floor against Pitt was Robert Morris on Feb. 2, 2009 (57.4 percent).


*Pitt’s bench outscored Tennessee’s bench 19-12.


*Pitt dropped to 141-12 in games played in Pittsburgh since the 2002-03 season.


*Today’s attendance of 15,166 ranked as the 16th largest crowd to ever watch a Pitt basketball game in Pittsburgh.


*Tennessee’s 20 turnovers were the second-most by a Pitt opponent on the season (Pitt forced North Florida into 21 turnovers during a Nov. 13th win).


*Senior guard Brad Wanamaker finished the game with a team-high 21 points and a game-high nine assists while also adding a career-high five steals. Wanamaker has now reached double-figure scoring seven times this season and 35 times in his career. He’s reached the 20-point mark five times in his career and twice this season. Wanamaker was also 8-12 from the free throw line and played a game-high 36 minutes.


*Senior forward Gilbert Brown finished with a season-high 15 points (previous season high was vs. Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 12).


*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs finished with 15 points gives him double-figure scoring in all but one game this season (Delaware State).


*Redshirt sophomore guard Travon Woodall tied a season-high in scoring with 11 points. 


*In just his eighth season as head coach, Jamie Dixon currently stands at 198 career wins and needs just two wins to reach the 200-win plateau. With two 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 only eight seasons (matching the record by Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Kansas’ Roy Williams.

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