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Dec. 14, 2013

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Youngstown State at Pitt • Petersen Events Center • December 14, 2013

Pitt 91 • Youngstown State 73

*Pitt improved to a perfect 10-0 on the season with Saturday’s victory against Youngstown State. The Panthers have won their first 10 games of the regular season for the first time since 2010-11 and for the eighth time in the last 11 seasons.

*Pitt’s current stretch of 10 consecutive wins is the 10th longest win streak in program history.

*With this afternoon’s victory, Pitt improved its home win streak to nine games and also extended its streak of consecutive wins against non-conference opponents at home to 17 games.

*Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to 129-10 all-time against non-conference opponents. The Panthers have won 10 or more non-conference games in 13 straight seasons.

*Pitt is now 187-22 all-time at the Petersen Events Center and has won 93 of its last 105 home games. The Panthers are also 108-3 all-time against non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center.

*Dating back to the 2002-03 season, Pitt has posted a 52-2 record in December games against non-conference opponents.

*Pitt, which entered the game leading the ACC and ranked ninth nationally in rebound margin, set a season-high in that category at plus-26. The Panthers’ 47 boards are tied for the second-highest total they’ve had this season, coming just one shy of the 48 rebounds secured against Fresno State on Nov. 12. Pitt also scored 48 points in the paint while scoring 20 points on second chances. The plus-26 rebound margin ranked tied for the 13th best total in school history.

*The Panthers scored a season-high 91 points in today’s contest. Conversely, Youngstown State’s 73 points were the most surrendered by Pitt on the year. Prior to today’s game, Pitt had held its opponents to less than 70 points in nine straight meetings.

*Dating back to the series’ conception on Feb. 29, 1972, Pitt has gone 7-1 against Youngstown State. The Panthers have won four straight games in the series.

*Pitt has had at least four players score 10 or more points in five consecutive games. The Panthers have also had at least five players in double-digit scoring in the same game on four different occasions this season.

*The Panthers have outscored their opponents by 17 or more points in nine of their 10 wins this season.

*Freshman forward Michael Young had 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists this afternoon while matching career bests in free throws made (6) and free throw attempts (6). Young’s 90.6% free throw percentage (29-for-32) ranks first all-time among freshman Pitt players. Young has recorded at least six rebounds in four straight games and has been in double-digit figures in consecutive contests.

*Senior forward Talib Zanna scored 10 points and also had a season-high 15 rebounds to record his fourth double-double of the season and 10th overall in his career. Eleven of Zanna’s 15 rebounds today were defensive. In his last three games, Zanna is averaging 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

*Senior forward Lamar Patterson dropped 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting (63.6%) today and also added four assists, two rebounds and two steals to his performance. Patterson has recorded 18 or more points in five games this season and has reached double figure scoring in eight consecutive games.

*The Panthers’ bench contributed 33 points to Pitt’s 91-point total this afternoon, the second straight game the bench has provided 30 or more points in a contest. Junior forward Derrick Randall had 11 points and seven rebounds and freshman guard Josh Newkirk totaled nine points with two assists and one steal.

*Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry registered an opponent season-high of 28 points against Pitt today.

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