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Dec. 23, 2012

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Kennesaw State at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 23, 2012
Pitt 59, Kennesaw State 43

*Pitt defeated Kennesaw State, 59-43 on Sunday evening. Pitt improves to 12-1 on the season, while Kennesaw State drops to 1-11. Pitt opens Big East Conference play against No. 11 ranked Cincinnati at the Petersen Events Center on Monday, Dec. 31. Tipoff is at noon.

*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon registered his 250th career victory. He is now 250-78 all-time in his 10th season at Pitt. Dixon concluded its 10th non-conference season with a 119-10 all-time non-conference record. He has won 10 or more non-conference games in each of his first 10 seasons as head coach, the first coach in school history to achieve that milestone. In addition and in the midst of his 10th season and with 250 wins, Dixon ranks fifth among all-time NCAA Division I coaches in most victories after 10 seasons.

*Pitt concluded its non-conference schedule with a 12-1 record. For the 12th consecutive season, Pitt has won 10 or more non-conference games.

*The Panthers are now 101-3 (.971) at the Petersen Events Center against non-conference foes and 47-1 in December. Overall, Pitt owns an all-time record of 174-19 (.902) at the Petersen Events Center.

*Pitt also won its 15th consecutive home game. The 15-game home win streak ranks as the seventh longest home win streak in program history. The school record is 40 consecutive home wins set Jan. 22, 2001-Feb. 15, 2004.

*Pitt held Kennesaw State to 43 points in the contest. It marked the fifth consecutive game that a Pitt opponent was held to 50 points or fewer and the seventh time in the first 12 games that an opponent was held to 50 points or fewer.

*Pitt held Kennesaw State to 16 first half points. The 16 points tied for the ninth fewest points allowed in a half in school history (since 1954-55).

*Pitt outrebounded Kennesaw State by 17 boards (38-21). It grabbed 19 offensive rebounds in the contest.

*Pitt’s 59 points marked the fewest scored on the year and the least points scored since it finished with 57 in a 57-53 win over Washington State in the College Basketball Invitational last year.

*Pitt hit just 12.5 percent (1-8) of its 3-point field goal attempts, its lowest 3-point percentage of the season.

*Every player who played for Pitt scored in the game. Each player played at least 12 minutes.

*Talib Zanna led Pitt with 12 points and nine rebounds (six offensive). It marked his ninth double figure scoring game of the year and his fourth consecutive game scoring in double figures.

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