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Dec. 21, 2007

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*Levance Fields' step back 3-point shot with 4.7 seconds left in overtime proved to be the game-winning basket. Pitt trailed by two points (64-62) following Kyle Singler's free throw. Pitt called timeout with 16 seconds on the clock and designed its play. Fields hit his shot with 4.7 seconds. The last time Pitt won a game on shot in the last few seconds was on February 20, 1999 when Steve Flores hit a game-winning shot with five seconds to go to give Pitt a 67-66 win over Boston College.


*DeJuan Blair registered his fifth career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Blair, who also set career-highs for free throws made (7), free throw attempts (15) and minutes played (35), has totaled double-doubles in four of his last five games. The 20 rebounds were most for a freshman in a game since Mel Bennett grabbed 21 rebounds at West Virginia on March 7, 1975. The last time a Pitt player finished with 20 or more rebounds in a game was Aaron Gray vs. Marquette on January 28, 2006.


*With his 21 points, Fields scored 20 or more points for fourth time in his career. The 21 points and 40 minutes played both marked season-highs for Fields, a Brooklyn native.


*With his 17 points on the day, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 11th time this season. He has reached double figure scoring in 19 of his last 22 games played.


*Ronald Ramon played a career-high 38 minutes.


*Gilbert Brown played in a career-high 23 minutes and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in the game.


*Pitt trailed by its largest margin of the season (16 points with 1:02 left in the first half). The Panthers shot just 36 percent (9-25) in the first half and committed 13 turnovers.


*Pitt outrebounded Duke 53-39. The Panthers have outrebounded 10 of its 11 opponents on the year.


*Pitt snapped Duke's 36-game winning streak in December games.


*Pitt tied a school-record for largest halftime deficit overcome to win. Pitt trailed at halftime by 12 points (34-22) and by as many as 16 points in the first half. It tied its school record of a 12-point halftime deficit overcome to win set at St. Francis (Pa.) on December 5, 1983 when it trailed by 12 points (47-35) at halftime and ended up winning by 14 points, a 26-point turnaround.


*Pitt improved to 18-7 at Madison Square Garden since 2000-01 including a Big East Tournament title in 2003.


*Pitt improved to 11-0 on the year. Prior to this evening it was 10-0 for the fifth consecutive season.


*Pitt's 11-0 start ranks sixth on Pitt's all-time best season starts list. The school record is a 21-0 record in 1927-28.


*With the victory and 11-0 record, Pitt entered the game as one of the nation's 14 undefeated teams.


*With the victory, Pitt also improved to 80-5 vs. non-conference competition in the last seven years (11-1 in 2001-02, 10-1 in 2002-03, 14-0 in 2003-04, 10-1 in 2004-05, 11-0 in 2005-06, 13-2 in 2006-07 and 11-0 in 2007-08). It has won 10 or more non-conference games in each of the last seven seasons.


*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to 33-2 in games played in December. He is also 24-0 in games played in November. Combining his November and December records, Dixon owns a 57-2 record in pre-January contests and is now 59-3 vs. non-conference competition. Additionally, Dixon improved to 116-30 all-time as Pitt's head coach.


*Pitt also won the 35th of its last 37 games against non-conference opponents.


*Pitt played its first overtime game of the season and first since it defeated Virginia Commonwealth in the NCAA Tournament on March 17, 2007.


*With its win, Pitt improved to evened its series at 6-6 with Duke. It was the second game in the series to go into overtime. Pitt is 1-1 in overtime vs. Duke. Pitt is now 72-76 vs. ACC opponents.


*The win over No. 6 Duke was Pitt's highest over a nationally rated team since it defeated No. 5 Connecticut 75-68 on February 15, 2004.


*The last time Pitt met an undefeated team this late in a season was vs. Florida State on December 22, 2003. Both Pitt and Florida State entered that game with identical 10-0 records.


*Pitt yielded 64 points to Duke on the day. Pitt has held 10 of its 11 opponents under 70 points this year. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 120 of its 145 opponents under 70 points. Last year Pitt limited 31 of its 37 opponents under 70 points.


*Five players on Pitt's roster hail from the New York City area: Levance Fields (Brooklyn), Ronald Ramon (Bronx), Austin Wallace (Bronx), Keith Benjamin (Mount Vernon), Tyrell Biggs (Nanuet) and assistant coach Orlando Antigua (Bronx).


*Pitt's radio color analyst Dick Groat was honored during the first media timeout of the second half for his induction into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a four-time All-America selection in basketball and baseball at Duke where is one of 13 Blue Devils to have his jersey retired.

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