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Dec. 28, 2009

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DePaul at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 28, 2009

Pitt 65, DePaul 52


*Pitt won its fourth consecutive game and sixth contest in its last seven tries.


*Pitt limited DePaul to 52 points on the evening. The Panthers have now held 11 of their 13 opponents to 60 points or less this year. Opponents are averaging just 55.9 points per game against the Panthers this year, a school record pace. Pitt has also held four straight opponents to 60 points or less.


*Pitt set a Petersen Events Center record with its 10th opponent held to 60 points or less dating back to March 7, 2009. The previous record was nine opponents held to 60 points or less set from November 27, 2002-January 18, 2003.


*DePaul was limited to 34.5 percent (20-58) field goal shooting. Pitt has now held 11 of its 13 opponents to sub-43 percent field goal shooting. Seven opponents have shot 40 percent or below against Pitt this year.


*The win gave Jamie Dixon his 174th career victory. He now ranks in a tie for second place on Pitt’s all-time career coaching wins. Dixon tied Bob Timmons, who won 174 games in a 15-year span from 1953-68. It took Dixon only seven seasons to win 174 victories. Both trail Pitt’s all-time career coaching leader H.C. Carlson, who went 367-247 in 31 years from 1922-53.


*Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 124-10. The Panthers also improved to 50-9 all-time vs. Big East opponents at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt improved to a perfect 9-0 at the Petersen Events Center this year.


*The win Pitt extended its current home win streak to 30 games. The 30-game home win streak ranks as the second longest current home win streak in the nation to Kansas’ 49 straight wins. The streak also ranks as the second longest in program history. Pitt won 40 consecutive games from January 22, 2001-February 15, 2004.


*Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs led all scorers with 23 points and has now reached double-figures in 11 of 13 games this season, including eight games in a row. He surpassed the 20 point mark for the fifth time in his career.


*With his perfect 6-6 performance, Ashton Gibbs extended his free throw shooting streak to 33 consecutive free throws made. The streak began at the 6:03 mark of the first half against Texas on November 24. He now needs two more free throws to set the school record for consecutive free throws made. The school record is 34 consecutive free throws made held by three players: Jason Matthews (1988-89), Sean Miller (1987-88) and Don Hennon (1957-58).


*Gibbs hit 3-4 3-point attempts. He has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 31 of his 48 career games played and in each of the 12 contests.


*Senior guard Jermaine Dixon made his third start of the season and finished with 12 points in a season-high 30 minutes. His double figure scoring contest marked the second of the year for Dixon and 17th of his career.


*Pitt defeated DePaul for the sixth consecutive meeting. It improved to 6-1 all-time in seven matchups. Pitt is also 6-0 vs. DePaul since the Blue Demons joined the Big East Conference in 2005-06.


*Pitt improved to 22-8 vs. Big East schools added in 2005-06. Pitt improves to 6-0 vs. the Blue Demons. Pitt is also 5-1 vs. Cincinnati, 4-3 vs. Louisville, 4-4 vs. Marquette and 3-0 vs. South Florida.

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