Dec. 19, 2009
PITTSBURGH—Brad Wanamaker scored a career-high 20 points, Ashton Gibbs added 19 and Pittsburgh won its 28th consecutive home game, a 66-48 decision against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers (9-2) own the nation's second-longest home court winning streak (behind No. 1 Kansas' 48) and have won 45 in a row at the Petersen Events Center against nonconference teams.
Pitt's Jermaine Dixon, the lone returning starter from last season's Elite Eight team, made his first start of the season after sustaining a fractured right foot in August. Dixon, who had appeared in the previous two games but only for a combined 26 minutes, had four points on 2-for-6 shooting and four fouls in 19 minutes.
Kelly Beidler and Jeremy Goode each had 11 points to lead Mount St. Mary's (3-7), which has lost five in a row.
The Panthers have won five of their last six. They began the game on an 11-2 run and scored the final nine points of the first half.
Pitt heated up after a Dixon jumper made it 17-6, scoring 53 points over the final 27:08 of the game. The Panthers shot 45.6 percent (26-for-57) for the game.
The Mountaineers shot only 31.6 percent from the field (18-for-57)—the second-lowest for a Pitt opponent this season, behind only the New Hampshire game.
Gary McGhee had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Panthers, who held a 44-30 edge in rebounds.
Beidler added eight rebounds, and Shawn Atupem had 10 points for Mount St. Mary’s.
Pitt hosts Ohio on Tuesday for its final contest before Big East Conference play begins.