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Dec. 18, 2008

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Pitt vs. Siena, December 17, 2008; Petersen Events Center


*No. 3 ranked Pitt (11-0) plays its final game at Florida State on Sunday, Dec. 21 before the holiday break and opening up conference play against Rutgers on Dec. 31. The Florida State tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. for a national FSN broadcast. Tim Brando, Mike Gminski and Jenn Hildreth (sideline reporter) will make the call.


*Pitt improved to 11-0 for the second 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, 11-0 in 2008-09, 10-0 in 2006-07, 10-0 in 2004-05, 9-0 in 1987-88 and 9-0 in 2002-03.


*Pitt won its 11th straight home game. The 11-game home win streak ties for the ninth longest in school history.


*DeJuan Blair totaled his seventh double-double of the year and 21st of his career with 21 points and 16 rebounds. It was his second season and seventh career 20-plus point scoring game. He had 15 points and six rebounds at halftime. He also reached double figure scoring for the 34th time in his career and double figure rebounding for the 25th time. Blair also went over the 500-career mark for rebounds on the evening.


*Tyrell Biggs scored a season-high 14 points and tied a career-high with two 3-point field goals made. Biggs reached double figures for the fourth time this season and 12th time in his career.


*With his 14 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 54th time in his last 58 games. He reached double figure scoring for the 10th time this year and 73rd time in his career.


*With his 11 points on the night, Levance Fields now needs just 19 points to become the 37th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for a career. He currently has 982 career points.


*Pitt finished with 25 assists on 30 field goals in the game.


*Pitt and Siena met for the fourth time in series history. Pitt improved to 3-1 vs. the Saints. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 28, 1980, an 82-80 Pitt win at Siena. Pitt improves to 13-6 all-time vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents.


*With the win, Pitt improved to 105-10 in its seventh year in the Petersen Events Center. Pitt also improved to 65-1 vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has now won 86 of its last 88 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.


*Pit won its 37th consecutive home game against a non-conference home opponent. The 37 victories mark a school record. Pitt is 9-0 at home this year.


*With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 37-3 in December games. Combining his November and December games, Dixon is now 68-3 in those contests. He is now 71-4 vs. non-conference opponents and 89-10 overall at home.


*Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 143-40 overall record.


*Pitt limited Siena to 66 points on the evening. The Panthers have limited each of their first 11 opponents to less than 70 points. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 149 of its 183 opponents under 70 points.


*Jamie Dixon is moving up on Pitt’s all-time wins chart. He now needs five more victories to surpass Paul Evans (147 wins from 1986-94) for third on Pitt’s all-time wins list. Here is where he currently ranks: 

Head Coach




H.C. Carlson, 1922-53




Robert Timmons, 1953-68




Paul Evans, 1986-94




Jamie Dixon, 2003-current




Dr. George Flint, 1911-21




Roy Chipman, 1980-86




Charles “Buzz” Ridl, 1968-75




Ben Howland, 1999-03




Tim Grgurich, 1975-80




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