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GAME 4: LEHIGH (1-3, 0-0 Patriot League) at PITT (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:30 p.m. ET
Petersen Events Center (12,508) Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Last Meeting
November 13, 2012
Petersen Events Center
Men's Basketball Downs Lehigh, 78-53
Tray Woodall scored a season-high 23 points and Talib Zanna tied a career-high with 20 as Pittsburgh crushed Lehigh 78-53 in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday night. Woodall added eight assists for the Panthers (3-0), who will play Michigan in the tournament semifinals next week. Pitt kept Lehigh's C.J. McCollum in check for most of the night. The senior preseason All-American finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting but was a nonfactor when Pitt broke it open. The Mountain Hawks (1-2) hung tough during the first half but had no answer during a 21-5 burst by Pitt early in the second half. Zanna scored seven straight points during the run while Woodall sandwiched layups around a basket by Steven Adams as Pitt turned a 35-32 lead into a comfortable 56-37 cushion.
Television: ESPNU (Eamon McAnaney and Brooke Weisbrod; Producer: Eric Swaringen).
Pitt Radio: Pitt IMG Sports Network (Bill Hillgrove, Dick Groat and Curtis Aiken. 93.7 The Fan, 93.7 FM; Satellite Radio: Sirius-Channel 110 (Pitt feed), XM-191 (Pitt feed).
Internet Radio Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Pitt Coach: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (265-86); Lehigh: Dr. Brett Reed, 7th year at Lehigh (116-76); 7th year overall (116-76).
Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Lehigh: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.
Series: Pitt and Lehigh meet for the second time in as many years and for the 10th time in series history. Pitt defeated Lehigh 78-53 on Nov. 12, 2012 at the Petersen Events Center. That contest was played as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Pitt owns a 4-5 record vs. Lehigh in a series which began on Feb. 8, 1913.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (3-0) plays its fourth game of its 107th overall season and inaugural year in the Atlantic Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when it hosts Lehigh (1-3) for a Progressive Legends Classic contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney and Brooke Weisbrod providing play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Eric Swaringen will handle production.
The game marks the second of Pitt's four Progressive Legends Classic games: Howard (Nov. 17) and Lehigh (Nov. 20) at the Petersen Events Center and vs. Texas Tech (Nov. 25) and either Stanford or Houston (Nov. 26) in Brooklyn, N.Y. The final two games, championship and consolation rounds will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Pitt departs for Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday. Pitt is competing in its second Legends Classic as the Panthers claimed the 2008 title at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. by defeating both Texas Tech (80-67) and Washington State (57-43). Sam Young was named 2008 Legends Classic Tournament MVP, while DeJuan Blair earned all-tournament honors.
Pitt is 3-0 for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons following consecutive wins over Howard (84-52), Fresno State (75-54) and Savannah State (88-55). Pitt leads the ACC in scoring margin (plus-28.7), is shooting 50.3 percent (85-169) from the floor and outrebounding opponents by a plus-17.0 margin. In addition, Pitt is holding its opponents to just 53.7 points per game and a 34.6 field goal percentage.
Against Howard, Pitt set a school-record for field goal percentage in a half as it converted 81.0 percent (17-21) in building a 24-point halftime lead (48-24). Pitt jumped out to an 18-1 lead and never looked back. Lamar Patterson registered his second career 20-point contest as he finished with a team-high 20 points on 7-11 shooting and 4-5 3-point shooting. He scored 16 points and was perfect from 3-point range (4-4) in the first half alone.
Against Fresno State, Pitt used a plus-23 (48-25) rebounding advantage, outscored the Bulldogs 52-14 in the paint and used a 13-0 run to close out the first half in registering a 21-point win. Talib Zanna notched his seventh career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Cameron Wright tied a career-high with 13 points as Pitt rolled to its second win.
Pitt opened its 2013-14 season with an 88-55 home win over Savannah State on Nov. 8 at the Petersen Events Center. With tenacious defensive intensity, Pitt opened up a 19-2 lead just six minutes into the game and held Savannah State to just 13 first half points and 4-23 shooting (17.4 percent) in building a 40-13 halftime lead. Six Pitt players reached double figure scoring including junior Rutgers transfer Derrick Randall, who registered collegiate bests of 12 points and 12 rebounds (nine offensive). In his first game at Pitt, Randall made the start at center in place of Talib Zanna. James Robinson finished with 13 points, Durand Johnson came off the bench with 12 points (3-6 3FG), Lamar Patterson contributed 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, Josh Newkirk hit 3-3 3-pointers and finished with 11 points in his freshman debut and Cameron Wright added 10 points. Freshman Michael Young scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in his collegiate debut. Pitt won its 17th consecutive season opener, captured its 23rd in its last 24 season openers and Jamie Dixon improved to a perfect 11-0 on opening night.
Pitt enters Wednesday's game after having won 12 consecutive non-conference home games. Pitt owns a 104-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 125 of its last 129 home games against regular season non-conference opponents. Since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002, Pitt owns a 53-2 record in November non-conference games and a 49-2 record in December games.
Lehigh enters Wednesday's game with a 1-3 record after dropping consecutive road contests at Fordham (80-72) and Houston (80-66). Mackey McKnight leads the Mountain Hawks with a 19.3 points per game average. Austin Price (13.8 ppg.), Tim Kempton (11.5 ppg.) and Jesse Chuku (9.5 ppg./8.0 rpg.) are other key players. Lehigh averages 22.5 3-point field goal attempts per game.
TODAY'S TOP STORYLINES
Pitt plays its second of four Progressive Legends Classic games on Wednesday night against Lehigh.
Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 183-22 record (.893) in the arena. The Panthers have won 89 of their last 101 home games and 37 of their last 47 conference home games.
Pitt owns a 104-3 record and .972 winning percentage vs. non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events Center. On a 12-game non-conference home win streak, the Panthers have also won 125 of their last 129 home games against regular season non-conference home opponents.
When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 12 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (322-96, .770), league winning percentage (141-63, .691), homecourt winning percentage (.893) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).