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Dec. 31, 2008

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Pitt at Rutgers, December 31, 2008


*No. 3 ranked Pitt (12-0, 1-0 Big East) registered a 78-72 victory over Rutgers at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Pitt plays at Georgetown on Saturday at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN with Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale making the call. For the second straight season, Pitt begins its Big East slate with two consecutive road games. Pitt went 1-1 last year.


*Pitt improved to 13-0 for the third time in the last six seasons. Pitt's all-time best starts to a season and most consecutive victories to start a season include: 21-0 in 1927-28, 18-0 in 2003-04, 15-0 in 2005-06, 15-0 in 1915-16, 13-0 in 2008-09, 12-0 in 1929-30, 11-0 in 2007-08, 10-0 in 2006-07, 10-0 in 2004-05, 9-0 in 1987-88 and 9-0 in 2002-03.


*Pitt won its 13th straight game. The 13-game winning streak ranks as the nation's longest win streak. The 13-game win streak ranks tied for the seventh longest in school history.


*Pitt is one only seven undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The teams are: Pitt, North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest, Illinois State, Minnesota and Stanford.


*The game was a tale of two different halves. Rutgers led 43-39 at the half and shot 61.5 percent to Pitt's 51.6 percent. In the second half, Pitt held Rutgers to 27 percent shooting (10-37). Pitt employed a surprise 2-3 zone in the second half.


*The six-point win tied for Pitt's closest of the year. Pitt also defeated Florida State 56-48 in Tallahassee.


*Brad Wanamaker set career-highs for points (15), field goals made (four), field goal attempts (seven), 3-point field goals made (two), 3-point attempts (five) and tied career-highs for free throws made (five), free throw attempts (six) and rebounds (five). He scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.


*Tyrell Biggs reached double figure rebounding for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.


*Levance Fields finished the evening with 11 points and six assists. He now has scored 996 points for his career and needs just four more points to become the 37th player in school history to go over 1,000 career points. He also now has 458 career assists. Fields is attempting to become just the sixth player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point and 500-assist milestones for a career. The other five players to achieve this are: Carl Krauser (2002-05), Brandin Knight (1999-2003), Jerry McCullough (1991-96), Sean Miller (1987-92) and Darelle Porter (1987-90).


*Sam Young finished the game with 18 points on 8-12 shooting. He has registered double figure scoring for the ninth straight game, 12 games on the year and in 56 of his last 60 games played.


*With his 11 points, Gilbert Brown reached double figure scoring for the third time this year and 14th time in his career.


*Pitt entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally in RPI and No. 8 in strength of schedule, according to The win improved its standing.


*Pitt defeated Rutgers for the fifth straight time in Piscataway. The Panthers have also claimed nine of the last 10 meetings against Rutgers. Pitt improved to 21-23 all-time vs. Rutgers and to 10-11 in games played in New Jersey.


*Four players hit 3-pointers for Pitt: Sam Young (2), Levance Fields (2), Brad Wanamaker (2) and Ashton Gibbs (1).


*Head Coach Jamie Dixon is in his sixth season as head coach at Pitt and now owns a 145-40 overall record. With the win, Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon improved to 39-3 in December games.


*Rutgers became the first team score 70 or more points against Pitt this season. The Panthers have now limited 12 of their 13 opponents to 70 points or less. Since Jamie Dixon became head coach, Pitt has held 150 of its 185 opponents under 70 points.


*Jamie Dixon is moving up on Pitt's all-time wins chart. He now needs three more victories to surpass Paul Evans (147 wins from 1986-94) for third on Pitt's all-time wins list. Here is where he currently ranks:


Head Coach




H.C. Carlson, 1922-53




Robert Timmons, 1953-68




Paul Evans, 1986-94




Jamie Dixon, 2003-current




Dr. George Flint, 1911-21




Roy Chipman, 1980-86




Charles "Buzz" Ridl, 1968-75




Ben Howland, 1999-03




Tim Grgurich, 1975-80




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