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Dec. 17, 2011

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South Carolina State at No. 15 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 17, 2011

No. 15 Pitt 69, South Carolina State 55

*Pitt won its eighth consecutive game and improved to 10-1 on the year. Pitt now has 10 non-conference wins for the 11th straight year.

*Pitt improved its record to 155-13 all-time in the Petersen Events Center and improved to 90-2 vs. non-conference opponents in the venue. Pitt has won 61 of its last 64 home games.

*Pitt only surrendered 55 points, the fewest allowed this season. The last time the Panthers gave up 55 points or less came in a 74-51 win over UNC-Asheville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17, 2011. Pitt improved to 168-7 over the last 12 years when holding an opponent to 60 points or less.

*For the ninth time in 11 games, Pitt outrebounded its opponent. Pitt held a 12-rebound margin (41-29).

*The Panthers held South Carolina State to 38.9 percent shooting from field goal range. It is the third time this season that Pitt has held an opponent under 40 percent shooting.

*Lamar Patterson led the Panthers in scoring and tied his career-high with 16 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high 7-11 field goals. He also reached that total on Nov. 16 this season against Long Beach State. It marked the sixth time in his career that he’s scored in double figures and the third time this season. Patterson’s two blocks also tied a career-high. He had two blocks in a 71-58 in over West Virginia on Feb. 24, 2011 as well. In his last two games (vs. Oklahoma State and South Carolina State), Patterson has totaled 28 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

*Talib Zanna recorded his third career double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. It was his second double-double of the year as he scored 10 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds in an 81-71 win over Robert Morris on Nov. 27 this season. Zanna went 4-6 from the free throw line. His four made free throws tied a career-high.

*Gibbs’ 14 points marked his 71st career double figuring scoring game and his 11th consecutive of the season.

*Freshman Malcolm Gilbert made his second career appearance as a Panther. He scored two points and grabbed one rebound in five minutes of action. All totals were career-highs.

*The Panthers outscored South Carolina State 36-18 in the paint.

*Ashton Gibbs, Cameron Wright, Lamar Patterson, Nasir Robinson and Dante Taylor started the game for the Panthers.

*The game marked the first time in either team’s history that Pitt and South Carolina State have played each other. Pitt is now 21-0 all-time against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools.

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