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Dec. 27, 2011

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No. 22 Pitt at Notre Dame, December 27, 2011, South Bend, Ind., Joyce Center

Notre Dame 72, No. 22 Pitt 59

*Notre Dame defeated Pitt for the fourth consecutive game in the series. That marks the first time that an opponent has defeated Pitt in four straight games since Jamie Dixon became head coach in 2003-04. 

*Pitt dropped its second straight game for only the seventh time in his nine-year head coaching tenure. Dixon dropped to 41-12 all-time after losing a game. He is now 227-63 in his nine-year coaching tenure. His 227 wins rank as the fourth most victories in NCAA Division I history after nine seasons as a head coach.

*Notre Dame improved to 30-27 all-time vs. Pitt and dropped to 9-18 in games played in South Bend. The four losses are Pitt’s longest ever in its series against Notre Dame dating back to 1927. 

*Pitt dropped its first Big East opener in three years.

*Pitt dropped to 2-1 on the road on the year. Previously, Pitt has won 24 of its last 32 road games, completed the 2010-11 season with a 7-2 Big East road record and put together a 52-32 league road record over the last 10 seasons. 

*Notre Dame shot 72.0 percent (18-25) and 62.5 percent (5-8) from 3-point range in the second half.

*With his 13 points and 12 rebounds, Talib Zanna registered his third double-double of the year and fourth of his career. It marked his third double figure rebounding game and third double figure scoring game of the year. Zanna also matched or surpassed career-highs for field goals made (5), field goal attempts (10), offensive rebounds (8) and minutes played (28). 

*Nasir Robinson scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half. Robinson tallied his eighth double figure scoring game of the year and 29th of his career.

*With his 12 points, Ashton Gibbs passed Brandin Knight for 12th place on Pitt’s all-time scoring list. Gibbs now has 1443 career points. Knight concluded his career from 1999-2003 with 1440 points. Gibbs reached double figure scoring for the 13th time in Pitt’s 14 games. He has reached double figure scoring in 73 career games. 

*Tray Woodall saw his first action since suffering a groin/abdominal injury vs. Duquesne on Nov. 30, 2011. He missed each of the last six games. He played 18 minutes and finished with two assists.

*On Monday, Pitt began its 40th consecutive week in the national rankings at No.22 in the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls.

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