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Dec. 31, 2012

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No. 8 Cincinnati at No. 24 Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 31, 2012
No. 8 Cincinnati 70, No. 24 Pitt 61

*No. 24 Pitt was defeated by No. 8 Cincinnati on Monday afternoon by a score of 70-61.The Panthers are now 12-2 on the season and 0-1 in the Big East. Cincinnati improves to 13-1 overall and 1-0 in league action.

*The Panthers lost their first home game of the season and are now 174-20 all-time at the Petersen Events Center. No. 8 Cincinnati is also the first-ever top-10 nationally ranked opponent to defeat Pitt at the PEC. Pitt is now 12-1 against top-10 teams.

*Cincinnati snapped Pitt’s eight-game winning streak and 15-game home unbeaten streak. The 15-game home winning-streak ended as Pitt’s seventh longest in school history.

*Pitt is now 16-7 vs. Top 25 opponents at the Petersen Events Center. This was also the 20th all-time meeting against two Top 25 opponents at the PEC. Pitt is 15-5 in those contests.

*Pitt finished 0-10 from 3-point range. The zero 3-point field goals made represents the worst 3-point shooting day in school history. Pitt hit zero 3-pointers in six other games. Previously, the worst 3-pointer shooting game in school history was a 0-9 performance against Providence on February 21, 1998. The last time Pitt failed to convert a 3-pointer was against West Virginia in the Big East Tournament on March 12, 2009 (0-8). It marked only the second time in the Jamie Dixon Era that Pitt failed to convert a 3-pointer.

*This game marked the 17th meeting between the two schools, as Cincinnati now owns a 9-8 advantage. Pitt is 4-2 against the Bearcats at home.

*Talib Zanna, Pitt’s leading scorer, had a team-high 16 points on 6-9 shooting. This was his 10th game in double-figures this season and his fifth contest in a row. Zanna has now reached double figure scoring in 10 games this year and 23 career contests.

*Lamar Patterson and Cameron Wright also scored in double-figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Wright matched his season-high with 10 points. It was Wright’s fourth career double-figure day and second of the year. Patterson had a team-best four assists.

*Cincinnati also had three players reach double-digits, led by Cashmere Wright with a game-high 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Sean Kilpatrick (16) and Jaquon Parker (13) were the other two Bearcats in double-figures.   

*Cincinnati outscored Pitt 44-27 in the second half. The Bearcats were 25-35 from the free throw line for the game, including 16-19 in the second half. Pitt was 15-25 overall from the Charity stripe.

*Pitt was out-rebounded by Cincinnati 37-32. It was the just the third time this year Pitt was been out-rebounded on the glass.

*Pitt took a 34-26 advantage into halftime and ended the half on an 8-0 run. The Panthers held Cincinnati to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half (8-27) and just 1-9 from long range. Pitt shot 48 percent in the opening half (12-25), led by Zanna who tallied 10 points on 4-6 shooting.

*The Panthers ended up shooting 44.2 percent for the contest (23-52), but was 0-10 from 3-point range. Cincinnati shot 41.2 percent overall (21-51) and was 3-16 from behind the arc.

*Pitt is 0-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, with both losses coming against top-10 teams (Lost 67-62 against then No. 4 Michigan). 

*Pitt begins a two-game road swing, beginning at Rutgers on January 5. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 11 a.m.

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