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Dec. 29, 2007

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*The 25-point loss (80-55) marked Pitt's largest margin of defeat since Jamie Dixon became head coach in 2003-04. Previously, Georgetown defeated the Panthers by 23 points (65-42) in the 2007 Big East Championship Game.


*Since Jamie Dixon became head coach in 2003-04, Pitt has lost only five games by more than 10 points: vs. Georgetown (23 points, 65-42 on March 10, 2007), Louisville (13 points, 66-53 on Feb. 12, 2007), at Wisconsin (14 points, 89-75 on Dec. 16, 2006) and vs. Oklahoma State (12 points, 63-51 on March 25, 2004). Amazingly, Dixon has lost 15 of his 31 games by four points or less.


*Pitt dropped to 2-1 on the road this season. It is 10-4 in its last 14 road contests.


*The loss was only Pitt's third non-conference defeat in its last 38 games.


*The Dayton game represented Pitt's final non-conference road game of the season. The Panthers play one more non-conference game (vs. Lafayette, on Jan. 2) before it begins its 18-game Big East regular season. Pitt opens Big East regular season play with two road games: at Villanova (Jan. 6) and at South Florida (Jan. 9).


*With his 15 points, Sam Young reached double figure scoring for the 12th time this season. He has now notched double figure scoring games in 20 of his last 23 games played. Young also took a career-high 17 field goal attempts.


*With his 13 points, Levance Fields reached double figure scoring for the fifth straight game and eighth time in 12 games this year. With his three assists, Fields moved into a tie for 13th place on Pitt's all-time career assists list with 307 assists. Fields is tied with Tom Richards (307 assists from 1972-76).


*Redshirt freshman Gilbert Brown made his first career start. It was his first start in 14 career games. Senior Mike Cook is sidelined for the season with a torn ACL injury suffered in overtime vs. Duke on Dec. 20, 2007. Brown played a career-high 29 minutes.


*Pitt converted only 29.7 percent (19-64) of its field goal attempts. The total represented the third-worst total in the Jamie Dixon Era (2003-07).


*Dayton converted 52.0 percent (26-50) of its shots. That total represented the third highest field goal percentage by an opponent against Pitt in the Jamie Dixon Era (2003-07).


*Pitt dropped to 11-1 on the year. Coming into the game at 11-0, the Panthers were off to their best start to a season since they began with a 15-0 record to begin the 2005-06 season.


*Pitt's 11-0 start ranks sixth on Pitt's all-time best season starts list. The school record is a 21-0 record in 1927-28. Other best starts include: 18-0 in 2003-04, 15-0 in 2005-06, 12-0 in 1929-30 and 12-0 in 2007-08. Jamie Dixon has engineered five of Pitt's top-10 best starts to a season.


*With the loss, Pitt entered the game as one of the nation's nine undefeated teams.


*With the loss, Pitt dropped to 80-6 vs. non-conference competition in the last seven years (11-1 in 2001-02, 10-1 in 2002-03, 14-0 in 2003-04, 10-1 in 2004-05, 11-0 in 2005-06, 13-2 in 2006-07 and 11-1 in 2007-08). It has won 10 or more non-conference games in each of the last seven seasons.


*Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon dropped to 33-3 in games played in December. He is also 24-0 in games played in November. Combining his November and December records, Dixon owns a 57-3 record in pre-January contests and is now 59-4 all-time vs. non-conference competition. Additionally, Dixon dropped to 116-31 all-time as Pitt's head coach.


*With the loss, Pitt improved to 1-1 all-time vs. Dayton. The game was Pitt's return trip after the Flyers traveled to the Petersen Events Center last year. Pitt defeated Dayton 84-54 on Dec. 23, 2006. Pitt also dropped to 127-72 all-time vs. Atlantic-10 opponents.


*Pitt concluded its difficult December stretch. Entering today's game, the overall record of Pitt's opponents during its December stretch was 40-14 (.714). During that stretch, Pitt defeated both Duquesne and Washington on the road, Oklahoma State at home, Duke in Madison Square Garden and lost to Dayton on the road.


*Pitt yielded 80 points to Dayton on the night. Dayton was only the second opponent to score over 80 points vs. Pitt this season.  Pitt has held 10 of its 12 opponents under 70 points this year. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 120 of its 146 opponents under 70 points. Last year Pitt limited 31 of its 37 opponents under 70 points.

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