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Dec. 22, 2009

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Ohio at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 22, 2009

Pitt 71, Ohio 46


*Pitt started the game on a 20-3 run, outrebounded Ohio by 10 and also had nine blocks. The Panthers tied a season-high in field goal percentage (53.3%).


*Pitt’s 25-point win ties its largest victory margin of the year. Pitt also defeated Binghamton by 25 points (71-46) on November 17, 2009.


*Pitt held Ohio to 23.9 percent shooting (17-71). The 23.9 percent marks the second lowest field goal percentage yielded by Pitt in the Jamie Dixon Era. Pitt held New Hampshire to 23.5 percent shooting earlier this year. Ohio has not shot that low of a percentage in 10 years.


*Pitt held Ohio to 46 points on the evening. The Panthers have now held 10 of their 12 opponents to 60 points or less. Opponents are averaging just 56.2 points per game against the Panthers this year.


*Pitt has now won 10 or more non-conference games for the ninth straight season. Pitt has one remaining non-conference game this season when it hosts Robert Morris on Feb. 8, 2010.


*Pitt scored a season-high 74 points.


*Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 123-10. The Panthers now own a 74-1 record vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt extended its school record with its 46th straight win against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. The streak began in 2005-06.


*Pitt’s current home win streak of 29 games ranks as the second most in program history. It also ranks as the nation’s second longest home win streak (Kansas has won 48, plays Cal tonight at 9 p.m.).


*Pitt finished the game with a season-high 26 assists. The previous team-high was 24 against Binghamton on Nov. 17 (24). The 26 assists mark the second time this year that the Panthers had more than 20 assists in a game.


*Pitt and Ohio met for the fourth time in school history, the last time being on Dec. 1, 1976. Pitt now leads the series 3-1. Pitt also improves to 35-26 all-time vs. Mid-American Conference opponents.


*Pitt junior forward Gilbert Brown, who was academically ineligible for the first 11 games of the season, made his season-debut at the 12:48-mark of the first half and finished the game with 11 points on 4-4 shooting in 18 minutes. Brown scored his first points of the year at the 1:20-mark in the first half, knocking down a jumper from the corner, just inside the 3-point line.


*Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs led all scorers with 15 points and has now reached double-figures in 10 of 12 games this season, including seven games in a row. Gibbs also went 2-2 from the free throw line and has connected on his last 27 attempts from the free throw line. The school record is 34 consecutive free throws made set by three players: Jason Matthews (1988-89), Sean Miller (1987-88) and Don Hennon (1957-58).


*Senior guard Jermaine Dixon made his second start of the season and scored a season-high 14 points in a season high 25 minutes.


*Sophomore forward Nasir Robinson had 10 points on 5-5 shooting and has now reached double-figures in five games this season.


*Junior guard Brad Wanamaker finished with second career double-double with career-highs of 10 assists and 10 rebounds.


*Senior center Gary McGhee finished with a career-high five blocked shots.


*Freshman center Dante Taylor finished with 10 rebounds on the evening, giving him three games this season with 10 or more. He also added six points in 18 minutes.


*Pitt walk-on guard Nick Rivers made his first-ever 3-pointer with time running out in the second half.

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