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Dec. 22, 2010

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American at No. 6 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 22, 2010

Pitt 61, American 46


*With the win, eighth-year head coach Jamie Dixon earned his 200th career win and tied the NCAA Division I record for fastest to 200 victories by year. Dixon also ranks among the top-15 coaching leaders in achieving that mark in the games-played category. Dixon now carries a 200-55 record as head coach (all at Pitt).

* Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 141-11. The Panthers also improved their all-time record against non-conference opponents in the arena to 84-1 and have won 16 in a row at home.


*Pitt faced American for the first time in school history. The Panthers are now 72-54 all-time against Patriot League members.


*Pitt won its 56th straight home game against non-conference opponents.


*Pitt has now held 11 of 13 opponents this season to fewer than 70 points. Pitt’s 46 points allowed on the night is the second-fewest points the Panthers have allowed an opponent this season (42 vs. Delaware State). It was the third time this season Pitt has held an opponent to less than 50 points (vs. Delaware State, 42 points; vs. North Florida, 49 points).


*Pitt outrebounded American 41-24 and held an 18-4 advantage on the offensive glass. Pitt has reached double-figure offensive rebounds in each game this season. The Panthers have pulled down 15 or more offensive rebounds in all but three games this year. Pitt entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally in rebound margin and offensive rebounds.


*American kept the game close early, but Pitt closed out the first half with an 18-4 run to give it a 34-18 halftime lead. The Panthers held on from there.


*Coming off a career-high night in points against Maryland Eastern Shore (28 points), redshirt senior Gilbert Brown scored 15 points and added five rebounds and four assists. Brown has now reached double-figure scoring in each of the last three games and in four of the last five. He’s reached double-figures 36 times in his career.


*Senior Brad Wanamaker scored 19 points on 6-9 shooting and has reached double-figures in eight games this season. Wanamaker also added six rebounds. He paced Pitt in scoring, free throws (6), field goals (6), minutes-played (34) and steals (2).


*Junior guard Ashton Gibbs recorded 10 points and has now reached double-figure scoring in all but one game this season (nine points vs. Delaware State). Gibbs added four assists.


*Redshirt sophomore guard Travon Woodall had a game-high five assists with no turnovers in 15 minutes played.


*Sophomore center Dante Taylor paced Pitt with seven rebounds. He also chipped in nine points on 4-5 shooting.

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