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Pitt Basketball All-Centennial Team

(as selected by online voting at PittsburghPanthers.com)

First Team
Sam Clancy, F, 1977-81
Don Hennon, G, 1956-59
Billy Knight, F, 1971-74
Jerome Lane, F, 1985-88
Charles Smith, C, 1984-88

Second Team
Curtis Aiken, G, 1983-87
Vonteego Cummings, G, 1995-99
Sean Miller, G, 1987-92
Julius Page, G, 2000-04
Clyde Vaughan, F, 1980-84

Third Team
Larry Harris, F, 1974-78
Brandin Knight, G, 1999-03
Carl Krauser, G, 2002-06
Brian Shorter, F, 1988-91
Chevon Troutman, F, 2001-05

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Curtis Aiken (1983-87) 6-0, Guard, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • First McDonalds High School All-American to sign with Pitt
  • His 1,200 career points ranks 21st on Pitt's all-time scoring list
  • Scored 30 or more points in two games
  • Ranks among school leaders in scoring and steals
  • Senior leader and team captain on the 1987-88 co-Big East regular season champion Pitt team that finished 25-8 overall and 12-4 in the Big East
  • Seven steals in a game vs. Syracuse in 1985 tied the school record
  • Key recruit who helped pave the way for Pitt to enter the Big East
  • Local Pittsburgh businessman who currently serves as co-host of the Pitt men's basketball post-game radio show
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    83-843147129.36400.0001740.425580311113.6
    84-852998228.43000.00071102.6961235472679.2
    85-8629177311.56900.0002748.56310243738113.1
    86-8731167360.46446117.39361106.5759534044114.2
    TOTAL1204891028.47646117.393176296.59537812155120010.0
    Orlando Antigua (1991-95) 6-7, Forward, Bronx, N.Y.
  • Recipient of the National Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Athlete Award in 1994
  • Member of the Harlem Globetrotters from 1995-2002
  • Member of the Dominican Republic National Team in 1994-95 and 1997-98
  • Named to the Big East All-Rookie Team in 1991-92
  • Ranks among Pitt all-time scoring leaders with 930 points
  • Two-time team leader in 3-point field goal percentage in both 1992-93 (.359) and 1993-94 (.420)
  • Currently serves as Pitt's director of men's basketball operations
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    91-923472156.4621536.4176294.6603831192216.5
    92-932747103.4561439.3592130.70029561294.8
    93-9427104253.41147112.4203344.75047132128810.7
    94-9528109278.39241116.3533350.66081293129210.4
    TOTAL116332790.420117303.386149218.68319578779308.0
    Mel Bennett 6-7, Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Set school's freshman recordholder for blocked shots in a season (70) and blocked shots per game (2.4 bpg) in 1974-75
  • Played only one season at Pitt before declaring for the professional draft
  • One of only six players in school history selected in the first round of a draft when he was taken in the first round of the ABA Draft by the Virginia Squires in 1975
  • One of only eight players at Pitt to score 20-plus points and grab 20-plus rebounds in a game vs. West Virginia in 1975
  • Grabbed 19 rebounds in a game vs. Duquesne on Dec. 6, 1974
  • High School All-American who averaged 20 points and 20 rebounds per game
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    74-7529109264.41300.00075110.6822970029310.1
    TOTAL29109264.41300.00075110.6822970029310.1
    Mark Blount (1995-97) 7-0, Center, New York, N.Y.
  • The first 7-foot player to ever play at Pitt
  • Played just two years at Pitt before declaring for the NBA Draft following his junior season
  • Currently the starting center and member of the NBA's Boston Celtics
  • His 105 career blocked shots over two seasons at Pitt ranks eighth all-time in school history
  • Entered his name in the NBA draft following the 1996-97 season where he was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Supersonics
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    95-96273585.41200.0002648.5429278963.6
    96-9729101207.48812.50061120.5083078202649.1
    TOTAL56136292.46612.50087168.51839105283606.4
    Jaron Brown (2000-04) 6-4, Guard/Forward, Lexington, KY
  • Honored with the 2003-04 Big East Sportsmanship Award
  • Consensus All-Region and All-Big East selection in 2003-04
  • One of the top defenders to ever play at Pitt
  • Big East All-Tournament Team selection in 2003-04
  • Ranks 19th on Pitt's all-time scoring list (1,258 points) and finished career with 73 double figure scoring games
  • Holds school record for most games played (137)
  • Versatile player who ranks among school leaders in a variety of career statistics including games played, assists, blocked shots and steals
  • Concluded his career as one of the school's most prolific winners with a 107-30 four-year record, 10 Big East Championship victories, three league championships, six NCAA Tournament victories, 46 Big East regular season wins and three NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" appearances
  • One of only four players in school history to score 1,000 career points, grab 600 rebounds and dish out 200 assists in a career
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    00-013364139.460322.1362750.5405011331584.8
    01-0235131253.518424.1676096.6257919483269.3
    02-0333141267.5281542.3575784.67964204635410.7
    03-0436165338.4881465.21576116.65510296542011.7
    TOTAL137501997.50336153.235220346.6362955919212589.2
    Kirk Bruce (1972-75) 6-4, Guard, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Well rounded player who led Pitt to an NCAA "Elite Eight" appearance, 25-4 record, including a school-record 22 consecutive wins in 1973-74
  • Led the 1974-75 Pitt team in scoring (497 points and field goal percentage (.499)
  • Drafted by the ABA's Utah Stars in the 1975 ABA Draft
  • Scored a career-high 32 points vs. St. Francis in 1974
  • Served as Pitt's women's basketball coach from 1985-98
  • Currently serves as an athletic administrator at Pitt
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    72-732683196.42300.0001823.78338001847.1
    73-742893202.46000.0003546.76174002217.9
    74-7529224449.49900.0004967.7318813049717.1
    TOTAL83400847.47200.000102136.75020013090210.9
    Clarence "Dutch" Burch (1951-54)
  • Led Pitt in scoring in 1953-54 with 15.8 points per game
  • Led Pitt in field goal percentage in 1953-54
  • Ranks 21st in scoring average on Pitt's all-time chart with 13.1 points per game
  • NABC All-Region selection in 1954
  • First Pitt player drafted by the NBA. Fifth round draft pick by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    51-522286264.32600.0005383.6391310022510.2
    52-53Stats Missing
    53-5423110284.38700.000143199.71900036315.8
    TOTAL45196548.35800.000196282.6951310058813.1
    Oland "Do Do" Canterna (1944-49)
  • One of Pitt's most prolific scorers in the early years
  • Held the school scoring record for 10 years, a career-high 37 point performance against Westminster on Feb. 14, 1945
  • Ranks 24th on Pitt all-time scoring chart with an average of 12.5 points per game
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    44-4512530.00000.0005292.56500015813.2
    46-4714510.00000.0005187.58600015310.9
    47-4821800.00000.00084135.62200024411.6
    48-4924102278.36700.00098155.63200030212.6
    TOTAL712862781.02900.000285469.60800085712.1
    Sam Clancy (1977-81) 6-7, Forward, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Only player in school history to both score 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds
  • Only player in school history to average 10-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in four consecutive seasons
  • Three-time All-Region honoree
  • Three-time All-Eastern Eight selection (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81)
  • Freshman All-America selection in 1977-78
  • Ranks 13th all-time in NCAA Division I statistics for rebounds (1342)
  • Holds Pitt school records for most career double-doubles (66), most 10-plus rebound games (78) and most career rebounds (1,342)
  • Third round NBA draft pick by the Phoenix Suns (1981)
  • One of only seven players to start all four seasons at Pitt
  • Won a Gold Medal on the United States' 1979 Pan American Games Team
  • Played in the NFL as a tight end for the Oakland Raiders
  • Serves as an assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    77-7827155320.48400.00068102.6673753037814.0
    78-7929164348.47100.000119164.72657274244715.4
    79-8029134284.47200.00074132.56154504934211.8
    80-8131203410.49500.00098140.70038407050416.3
    TOTAL1166561362.48200.000359538.667186170161167114.4
    Claire Cribbs (1932-34) 6-0, Guard, Jeannette, PA
  • Two-time All-America selection (1933-34 and 1934-35)
  • Selected NCAA Consensus First Team All-America after both the 1933-34 and 1934-35 seasons
  • Led Pitt to three straight Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball titles
  • Member of the following Halls of Fame: Ohio Coaches, Westmoreland County and Ohio Chapter of the Dapper Dan
  • Career Statistics Not Available
    Vonteego Cummings (1995-99) 6-4, Guard, Thomson, GA
  • The only player in school history to average 10-plus points, 4.0-plus rebounds and 4.0-plus assists for an entire career
  • Wooden National Player of the Year Award nominee in 1998-99
  • Three-time consensus All-Region selection
  • Three-time All-Big East player
  • Holds school record for most minutes played (50 vs. Villanova in 1998)
  • One of six Pitt players to with 1000 career points and 400 career assists
  • One of 10 Pitt players to reach 300 points and 150 assists in a season (1997-98, 507 points, 154 assists)
  • Scored career-high 37 points vs. Villanova
  • One of only six Pitt players drafted in the NBA First Round when he was taken in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers (26th pick)
  • Played two seasons in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    95-961839117.3331042.2382842.667526151166.4
    96-9733189414.45742105.400119167.71314068553916.3
    97-9826173406.42641130.315120173.694154126650719.5
    98-9926153372.41141124.33172103.699112116941916.1
    TOTAL1035541309.423134401.334339485.69945835235158115.3
    Sammy David (1945-49)
  • Scored 921 career points over his four-year career for a 12.1 points per game average
  • Led the 1948-49 sqaud in field goal percentage (.439)
  • Led the 1947-48 and 1948-49 squads in free throw percentage
  • Son Joey played for Pitt from 1983-86
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    45-4612390.00000.0003665.5540001149.5
    46-4718620.00000.00051104.4900001759.7
    47-4821710.00000.000100138.72500024211.5
    48-4925145330.43900.000100149.67100039015.6
    TOTAL76317330.96100.000287456.62900092112.1
    Sammie Ellis (1978-80) 6-7, Forward, McRae, GA
  • Two-time All-Eastern Eight selection (First Team in 1979-80, Second Team in 1978-79)
  • Two-time All-Eastern Eight Player of the Week
  • His career scoring average of 16.5 ranked eighth all-time at Pitt
  • Played two years at Pitt after transferring from Middle Georgia Junior College
  • Fourth round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets in 1980
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    78-7928163341.47800.000108160.67518133443415.5
    79-8027161317.50800.000149201.74137202947117.4
    TOTAL55324658.49200.000257361.71255336390516.5
    John Fridley (1958-61)
  • NABC All-Region selection in 1959-60
  • Averaged double figures in both scoring and rebounding in each of his three seasons at Pitt. One of only three players in school history to achieve this feat
  • Ranks fourth all-time at Pitt in season rebound average (11.1 rpg)
  • Set a career-high with 24 rebounds vs. Carnegie Tech on Jan. 4, 1961
  • His 12.5 rebounds per game average in 1960-61 ranks fifth on Pitt's all-time season rebounding list
  • Ranks ninth in career rebounds with 800
  • Led Pitt in rebounding in both 1959-60 and 1960-61
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    58-5924120282.42600.0005277.67500029212.2
    59-6025120268.44800.0006490.71100030412.2
    60-612397257.37700.0006094.63800025411.0
    TOTAL72337807.41800.000176261.67400085011.8
    Brian Generalovich (1961-64) 6-4, Forward, Farrell, PA
  • Three-time NABC All-Region honoree
  • Ranks 27th in career scoring (1,114 points)
  • Reached the 1,000-point plateau in 63 games, the fifth quickest in school history
  • One of 15 players to amass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career
  • Ranks 10th all-time in career free throw percentage (.761)
  • Concluded career with four 30-plus scoring games, 21 20-plus scoring contests, 34 career double figure rebounding games and 32 double-double performances
  • Drafted in the 1964 NBA Draft's Third Round by the New York Knicks
  • Son Brian played for Pitt from 1989-93 and brother Nick competed for the Panthers from 1964-66
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    61-6222127281.45200.00089113.78800034315.6
    62-6325133318.41800.0007495.77900034013.6
    63-6425160384.41700.000111152.73000043117.2
    TOTAL72420983.42700.000274360.761000111415.5
    Demetreus Gore (1984-88) 6-5, Forward, Detroit, MI
  • One of only seven players in school history to start all four seasons
  • Member of the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Pitt teams that captured Big East regular season titles
  • Ranks 11th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,555 points) and eighth all-time in field goals (645)
  • All-Big East Third Team selection after leading Pitt in scoring (16.1 ppg) in 1985-86
  • Ranks among school leaders in overall victories (81), best overall winning percentage (.658, 81-41), Big East victories (38), Big East winning percentage (.594, 38-26) and NCAA Tournament appearances (3)
  • Scored career-high 30 points vs. Wisconsin on Dec. 30, 1986
  • Scored over 20 points in 22 career games
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    84-8529114273.41800.0004054.741502302689.2
    85-8629197355.55500.0007286.8377894246616.1
    86-8733167374.4471141.2687394.77710762941812.7
    87-8831167345.4841332.4065671.7896532540313.0
    TOTAL1226451347.4792473.329241305.79030020126155512.7
    Ricardo Greer (1997-2001) 6-5, Guard/Forward, New York, N.Y.
  • Ranked sixth on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,753 career points)
  • Named the 2000-01 Big East co-Most Improved Player
  • Two-time All-Big East Second Team selection
  • Named to the 2000-01 Big East All-Tournament team after helping guide Pitt into its first Big East Championship title game appearance
  • Big East All-Rookie Team selection in 1997-98
  • One of only seven players in school history to start all four seasons
  • One of only four Pitt players in school history to record 1,000-points, 600-rebounds and 200-assists in a career
  • One of only three players in school history to record a triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Villanova on March 4, 1998
  • His 35 career double-doubles ranks fifth all-time at Pitt
  • Dominican Republic National Team player
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    97-9827132308.4292390.2564866.72711774233512.4
    98-9929144326.442844.1826897.70173116336412.6
    99-0028189407.4643194.33097151.6429024950618.1
    00-0133207427.48534120.283100146.68593124254816.6
    TOTAL1176721468.45896348.276313460.68037332196175315.0
    Larry Harris (1974-78) 6-6, Forward, Loraine, Ohio
  • One of Pitt's most prolific scorers who is the third-highest scorer in Pitt history with 1,914 career points
  • Set the school record with 81 consecutive games in double figure scoring, a span which lasted three full years
  • Two-time All-Region honoree
  • Two-time Eastern Eight All-League team honoree (1977-78 and 1976-77) and was selected to the Eastern Eight All-Tournament team in 1978
  • Holds school record for most field goals made in a season (803)
  • One of 15 Pitt players to score 1,000 points (1,914) and grab 500 rebounds (569)
  • Three-time team scoring leader
  • Set school's sophomore scoring record with a 22.1 points per game average in 1975-76
  • Recorded 90 career double figure scoring games and 11 30-plus scoring games which ranks third in school history
  • Led the Eastern Eight in scoring in 1976-77 (22.9 ppg), one of only two Panthers to lead a conference in scoring
  • Scored a total of 74 points over a two-game stretch in 1976-77 (35 vs. Duquesne and 39 vs. Maryland)
  • NBA 4th round draft pick by the Buffalo Braves in 1978
  • Currently serves as an assistant coach at North Carolina State University
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    74-752990200.45000.0002744.614251902077.1
    75-7626242475.50900.00090117.7692024057422.1
    76-7727254494.51400.000109133.820414061722.9
    77-7825217415.52300.00082102.8043716051620.6
    TOTAL1078031584.50700.000308396.778123630191417.9
    Issac Hawkins (1996-2001) 6-8, Forward, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 1997-98 Big East rebounding champion (9.7 rpg)
  • Named to the All-Big East Third Team in 1998-99
  • Ranks second all-time among school leaders in career offensive rebounds (343) and ranks eighth with 834 career rebounds
  • One of 15 Pitt players to reach 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in career (1,127 points and 834 rebounds)
  • Ranks 26th in school history with 1,127 career points
  • Also ranks sixth with 35 10-plus career rebound games, ninth in field goal percentage (51.6) and eight in career rebounds (834)
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    96-97302962.46800.0001827.6675217762.5
    97-9827159294.54115.2006595.68427453338414.2
    98-9929149309.48217.14370104.67329382936912.7
    00-0132125230.543111.0004788.5343939272989.3
    TOTAL118462895.516313.231200314.6371001439611279.6
    Don Hennon (1956-59) 5-8.5, Guard, Wampum, PA
  • Elected to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame in 1970
  • Two-time All-America selection (1957-58 and 1958-59)
  • One of only three Pitt players to have their jersey retired
  • Listed in the NCAA's "Men's Basketball Finest" publication
  • Owns nine of Pitt's top-20 single-game scoring records and scored 40-plus points three times, 30-plus points 23 times and 20-plus points 52 times in his career
  • Set school record with 12 consecutive games scoring over 20 points
  • Two-time NABC All-Region selection (1956-57 and 1957-58)
  • Holds season scoring records for season average (26.0 ppg), season points (651) and career average (24.2 ppg)
  • Ranks fourth all-time on Pitt's career scoring list (1,841) after playing in just three seasons (freshmen were not eligible for competition)
  • He needed only 38 career games to score 1,000 points in his career, a school record
  • Scored a school record 45 points at Duke as a freshman, then followed it up with a 31 point performance vs. Duquesne
  • Drafted in the 1959 NBA Draft in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Royals
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    56-5727225541.41600.000123149.82600057321.2
    57-5825267654.40800.000117140.83600065126.0
    58-5924231632.36600.000155191.81200061725.7
    TOTAL767231827.39600.000395480.823000184124.2
    Charley Hyatt (1927-30) 6-0, Forward, Uniontown, PA
  • Elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1959 and member of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame All-Time College Basketball Team
  • One of only 18 players in NCAA Division I basketball history to earn three All-America honors (1927-28, 1928-29, 1929-30)
  • Named the Helms Foundation Player of the Year in 1929-30
  • Led Pitt to two national championships in 1927-28 and 1929-30
  • Led the nation in scoring two times (1927-28 and 1929-30)
  • Three-year record at Pitt was 60-7
  • Scored 880 points during his career, averaging 13.1 points per game
  • Averaged a nation-best 14.3 points per game in 1928-29
  • Career Statistics Not Available
    Billy Knight (1971-74) 6-7, Forward, Braddock, PA
  • Consensus All-America selection in 1973-74
  • Led Pitt to an NCAA "Elite Eight" appearance, 25-4 record, including a school-record 22 consecutive wins in 1973-74
  • One of only three Pitt players to have their jersey retired
  • Two-time All-Region honoree
  • Named to the 1974 All-NCAA Regional East Team
  • Only player in school history to average over 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in each of his three varsity seasons
  • Registered two 20-point/20-rebound performances in career
  • One of only four Pitt players in school history to record 1,000-points, 600-rebounds and 200-assists in a career
  • Played the longest professional tenure of any Pitt Panther (11 seasons) for several teams: Indiana Pacers, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Kansas City Kings and San Antonio Spurs
  • Pitt's first-ever first round draft pick when he was selected by the ABA's Indiana Pacers with the 6th overall pick
  • Brother Terry played at Pitt
  • Currently serves as General Manager of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    71-7224205381.53800.00095131.725560050521.0
    72-7326275530.51900.0006789.753770061723.7
    73-7428270525.51400.0006989.775730060921.8
    TOTAL787501436.52200.000231309.74820600173122.2
    Brandin Knight (1999-2003) 6-0, Guard, East Orange, N.J.
  • Named to the 2002-03 Wooden All-America team, one of only 10 players nationwide selected to the squad
  • Named a 2002-03 Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection
  • AP Third Team All-America and Sporting News Second Team All-America selection in 2001-02
  • Two-time consensus All-Region selection (2001-02 and 2002-03)
  • Named Big East co-Player of the Year, Most Improved Player in 2001-02
  • Two-time Big East All-Tournament Team selection (2001-02, 2002-03)
  • Set school records for season assists, career assists, career assists average, career steals, season 3-point field goals made, season 3-point field goal attempts and career 3-point field goal attempts
  • Led Pitt to the 2001-02 Big East West regular season title, 2002-03 Big East West regular season title and the school's first-ever Big East Tournament title in 2003
  • One of only six players in school history to score 1,000 points and dish out 400 assists in a career
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    99-002885212.4012680.3254378.55115410772398.5
    00-013191235.38733128.25870115.60917116692859.2
    01-0235194454.42793261.35665147.442251168254615.6
    02-0333122332.36757185.30869120.575209137037011.2
    TOTAL1274921233.399209654.320247460.53778555298144011.3
    Terry Knight (1974-79)
  • All-Eastern Eight Second Team selection in 1978-79
  • Brothers Billy & Terry Knight are one of eight different brother combinations to compete at Pitt. The Knight brothers, who played from 1971 to 1979, combined to score 2,610 points and pulled down 1,352 rebounds
  • Along with Sam Clancy, Terry led Pitt in rebounds in the 1978-79 season with 539
  • Averaged double figures last two years including career high 15.1 points as a senior.
  • Led Pitt to Eastern Eight Championship Game in 1979
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    74-75324.50000.00000.00000041.3
    75-762767143.46900.0002638.68417301605.9
    77-7827112250.44800.0005267.776435027610.2
    78-7929170357.47600.00099121.8184172143915.1
    TOTAL86351754.46600.000177226.783101152187910.2
    Carl Krauser (2002-06)
  • One of only five players in school history to score 1,000 career points and dish out 400 career assists
  • Two-time All-Big East Second Team recipient
  • Two-time consensus All-Region selection
  • Named the 2003-04 Big East Most Improved Player
  • Big East All-Tournament Team selection in 2003-04
  • Currently stands 13th on Pitt's all-time scoring list (as of 2/1/06)
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    02-033260136.4412154.3895170.729930341926.0
    03-0432153377.40648144.333139179.77714525249315.4
    04-0529134326.41154137.394141188.75017025146316.0
    05-0674288.4772048.4171625.6402601612017.1
    TOTAL100389927.420143383.373347462.7514344153126812.7
    Jerome Lane (1985-88) 6-6, Forward, Akron, OH
  • Consensus All-America selection in 1987-88 (AP, USBWA, UPI, NABC)
  • Led the nation in rebounding in 1986-87 with a 13.5 rebounds per game average and was a two-time Big East rebounding statistical champion
  • Two-time All-Region honoree
  • Two-time Big East All-Tournament team member
  • 1986-87 All-Big East First Team selection and 1987-88 All-Big East Second Team honoree
  • Ranks among NCAA Division I all-time leaders for season rebounds (18th, 444)
  • One of only four Pitt players in school history to record 1,000-points, 600-rebounds and 200-assists in a career
  • Elected to leave Pitt for the 1988 NBA Draft following his junior season and was selected in the first round by the Denver Nuggets with 23rd pick
  • Enjoyed a five-year career in the NBA for several teams including Denver, Milwaukee, Indiana and Cleveland
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    85-862995202.47000.00074113.6554613232649.1
    86-8733187329.56848.500144230.62673144252215.8
    87-8831154300.51307.000123200.6158774043113.9
    TOTAL93436831.525415.267341543.62820634105121713.1
    Bob Lazor (1954-57)
  • Ranks 22nd on Pitt's all-time career scoring list
  • Ninth round draft pick by the Detroit Pistons in 1957
  • One of only 15 players in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    54-5526123316.38900.0006396.65600030911.9
    55-5625189462.40900.000117157.74500049519.8
    56-5725154389.39600.00063100.63000037114.8
    TOTAL764661167.39900.000243353.688000117515.5
    Ontario Lett (2001-03) 6-6, Center, Pensacola, FL
  • Selected to the Big East All-Tournament Team after leading Pitt to its first title in 2003
  • Junior Year, led Pitt in points per minute played, blocked shots, was among team leaders in rebounds & was named 2002 Big East All Tournament
  • 2002-03 Selected All Big East Honorable Mention by league coaches
  • Competed in NABC College All Star Game (vs. the Harlem Globetrotters) held during the Final Four weekend
  • Currently playing in Asia
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    01-0235118207.57000.00063103.6122737222998.5
    02-0333127209.60800.00066113.5843939363209.7
    TOTAL68245416.58900.000129216.5976676586199.1
    Bob Lovett (1963-66) Forward
  • Two-year starter and three-year letterman
  • Ranks sixth all-time in career free throw shooting with a .806 percentage (183-227) from 1963-66
  • Led the 1964-65 team in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and free throw shooting (.844)
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    63-64233572.48600.0003747.7870001074.7
    64-6523127311.40800.0008196.84400033514.6
    65-6618104237.43900.0006584.77400027315.2
    TOTAL64266620.42900.000183227.80600071511.2
    Jason Maile (1992-97) 6-4, Guard, Forest City, PA
  • Scored a career-high 40 points vs. Villanova on Feb. 12, 1997, one of only three Panthers to score 40-plus points in a game
  • Holds school record for most 3-point field goals in a game (8 vs. Villanova)
  • Listed among Pitt's all-time 3-point records in a variety of statistics
  • Played professionaly in Italy, Germany and Spain
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    92-93537.42912.50001.00030171.4
    93-94213187.3561960.317713.5381727884.2
    94-952899230.43058142.4085264.8135032630811.0
    95-962453127.4173379.418913.692192111486.2
    96-9733135345.39185217.3925366.8035932740812.4
    TOTAL111321796.403196500.392121157.77114810729598.6
    Bobby Martin (1987-91) 6-9, Forward, Atlantic City, N.J.
  • Ranks tied for 16th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,282 points)
  • Selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team in 1987-88
  • Scored 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds vs. Georgetown on Feb. 7, 1990
  • One of only 15 players in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    87-883161125.48801.00085117.726111892076.7
    88-8930113237.47702.000139205.67821302536512.2
    89-9029145270.53715.200127185.68628342341814.4
    90-912797197.492111.00097134.72420271629210.8
    TOTAL117416829.50229.222448641.6998010973128211.0
    Mickey Martin (1971-74) 6'5, Forward, Baldwin, PA
  • In his 3 years, ranked 2nd on team in scoring & rebounding
  • Supplied the much needed backup to Billy Knight
  • Drafted in the fourth round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons (69th overall)
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    71-72174078.51300.0001827.667700985.8
    72-7324124258.48100.0005382.64600030112.5
    73-7425140277.50500.0002635.743430030612.2
    TOTAL66304613.49600.00097144.674500070510.7
    Jason Matthews (1987-91) 6-3, Guard, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ranks among NCAA Division I all-time leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (10th, .457) and career free throw percentage (20th, .878)
  • Led the Big East in free throw percentage in two seasons (1988-89 and 1989-90) and 3-point percentage (1998-99)
  • Ranks fifth on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,840 points)
  • Three-time All-Big East Third Team selection
  • Selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team in 1987-88
  • One of the school's top 3-point field goal and free throw shooters as he holds school records for career 3-point field goals made (259), career 3-point field goal percentage (.457) and ranks among school leaders in virtually every free throw and 3-point record
  • Finished his career with 94 double figure scoring games, good for second place on Pitt's all-time list. He also registered 26 20-plus point scoring games
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    87-883185191.4452658.4485161.836492172478.0
    88-8930144300.48066137.482142158.8993772549616.5
    89-9029166361.46080175.457141158.8926943055319.1
    90-9133155360.43187197.442147171.8607073754416.5
    TOTAL1235501212.454259567.457481548.87822520109184015.0
    George McCrossin (1946-50)
  • Scored a career-high 35 points against Grove City in 1949-50
  • Led Pitt in scoring in 1949-50 (13.9 ppg) and in free throw percentage (68%)
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    46-47900.00000.00015.20000010.1
    47-482190.00000.000712.583000251.2
    48-492533104.31700.0003148.646000973.9
    49-5018105303.34700.0004161.67200025113.9
    TOTAL73147407.36100.00080126.6350003745.1
    Jerry McCullough (1991-96) 5-11, Guard, New York, N.Y.
  • Two-time All-Region player by both the USBWA and NABC
  • Two-time All-Big East recipient
  • Ranks 15th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,342 career points)
  • Set a school record with a perfect 15-15 performance from the free throw line vs. Marshall on Dec. 5, 1992
  • One of only six players in school history to score 1,000 points and dish out 400 assists in a career
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    91-923371184.3863082.36673116.629889472457.4
    92-9328124322.38548164.293132171.772156106442815.3
    93-942593240.38836105.343111153.72517577033313.3
    95-962590262.34438126.302118157.752133117633613.4
    TOTAL1113781008.375152477.319434597.72755237257134212.1
    Lennie McMillian (1979-81)
  • Named the Eastern Eight Tournament Most Valuable Player after Pitt won the tournament in 1981
  • Key to Pitt's defense in Panthers Eastern 8 Championship victory over Duquesne
  • Led Pitt in steals in 1980-81 with 76. 76 steals in one season ranks 7th all-time
  • Ranks 16th in number of career steals
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    79-802975150.50000.0002849.571387391786.1
    80-8130114272.41900.0005481.6677918762829.4
    TOTAL59189422.44800.00082130.631117251154607.8
    Chris McNeal (1990-93) 6-7, Forward, Richmond, VA
  • Ranks 30th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,067 points)
  • Member of Pitt's 20/20 club with a 27 point, 20 rebound performance vs. Boston College on March 3, 1992
  • One of only 15 players in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career
  • Scored a career-high 30 points vs. Illinois in 1993
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    90-913381165.49100.0004462.710215162066.2
    91-9234191388.492429.138106155.68430193949214.5
    92-9328144321.449714.50074106.69841182536913.2
    TOTAL95416874.4761143.256224323.693924280106711.2
    Sean Miller (1987-92) 6-1, Guard, Beaver Falls, PA
  • Named the 1987-88 Big East Freshman of the Year
  • Named Big East Rookie of the Week four times in 1987-88
  • Ranks tied for 16th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,282 points)
  • Selected to the Big East All-Rookie Team in 1987-88
  • Ranks 10th all-time among NCAA Division I career free throw percentage leaders (.885)
  • Led the Big East two times in season free throw percentage (1990-91 and 1991-92)
  • Earned a Gold Medal on the United States' 1991 World University Games team in 1991
  • Currently serves as head basketball coach at Xavier University
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    87-883186186.46258133.4365767.8511800312879.3
    88-893080199.40256143.3927481.9141811272909.7
    90-9133100225.44468156.4367684.90515921734410.4
    91-923497235.41357142.401110126.87322442736110.6
    TOTAL128363845.430239574.416317358.8857447102128210.0
    Eric Mobley (1991-94)
  • Played three seasons at Pitt and opted for the NBA Draft after his junior year
  • Named to All-Big East Third Team in 1993-94
  • Drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks (18th overall selection)
  • Played three total seasons in the NBA for Milwaukee and Vancouver
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    91-923399177.55900.00041100.4101957122397.2
    92-9328117216.54200.00057103.5535052829110.4
    93-9427155273.56800.00060122.49255752037013.7
    TOTAL88371666.55700.000158325.4861241844090010.2
    Darren Morningstar (1989-1992)
  • Led Pitt in field goal percentage in 1991-92
  • 11/22/91 Led Pitt to 85-67 upset at Kentucky
  • Named Big East Player of the Week 11/24/91
  • Drafted in the 1992 NBA Draft Second Round by the Boston Celtics
  • Played two seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    89-90293985.45900.0003354.611123131113.8
    90-913384179.46900.0005890.644214112266.8
    91-9234164326.50300.00090166.5424432241812.3
    TOTAL96287590.48600.000181310.5847710467557.9
    Carlton Neverson (1978-81) 6-5, Guard, New York, N.Y.
  • Led the Eastern Eight in steals (2.7 spg) in 1980-81
  • Ranks 31st on Pitt's all-time career scoring list
  • All-Eastern Eight Second Team selection in 1980-81
  • Third round draft pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1981
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    78-792989193.46100.0004760.7833214332257.8
    79-8029158307.51500.0005673.76774167837212.8
    80-8131200405.49400.0006084.71496228346014.8
    TOTAL89447905.49400.000163217.75120252194105711.9
    Julius Page (2000-04) 6-3, Guard, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Helped lead Pitt to its first-ever Big East Tournament title and was named Big East Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2003
  • One of the top defenders and leapers to ever play at Pitt
  • Two-time All-Region honoree
  • Holds school records for career minutes played (4398) and games started (136)
  • Ranks 12th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,512 points)
  • One of only seven players in school history to start all four seasons
  • Concluded his career as one of the school's most prolific winners with a 107-30 four-year record, 10 Big East Championship victories, three league championships, six NCAA Tournament victories, 46 Big East regular season wins and three NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" appearances
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    00-0133109257.42443126.3413861.623355222999.1
    01-0235157337.46657182.3135568.80976161642612.2
    02-0332144295.48854146.3704970.7007092439112.2
    03-0436134361.37156170.32972102.70663142539611.0
    TOTAL1365441250.435210624.337214301.7112444487151211.1
    Ed Pavlick (1952-55)
  • Held the school's scoring record for two years when he scored 40 points against Ohio State in 1954-55
  • Set then-school records for scoring average (23.9 points per game) and total points (622) while leading Pitt in scoring in 1954-55
  • The 622 points was over 100 points more than any other player had scored in Pitt history up that time
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    52-53201.00000.00002.00000000.0
    53-5423100301.33200.000108166.65100030813.4
    54-5526214510.42000.000194276.70300062223.9
    TOTAL51314812.38700.000302444.68000093018.2
    Julius Pegues (1955-58) 6-3, Guard/Forward, Tulsa, OK
  • Ranks 32nd on Pitt's all-time career scoring list with 1,050 career points
  • Drafted in the fourth round of the 1958 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks (31st selection)
  • First African-American basketball player to play at Pitt
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    55-562597231.42000.000114163.69900030812.3
    56-5727102233.43800.00099147.67300030311.2
    57-5825156328.47600.000127170.74700043917.6
    TOTAL77355792.44800.000340480.708000105013.6
    Jaime Peterson (1993-95) 6'9, Center/Forward, Manhatten, N.Y.
  • NABC All-Region selection in 1994-95
  • During final season, Jaime's name was all over league statistical rankings - first in free throw percentage (.818), second in rebounding (9.84), second in blocked shots (50), third in field goal percentage (.543)
  • Named Big East Most Improved Player, 1995
  • Following his senior season, excellent performance in National Association of Basketball Association College All-Star game in Seattle. 12 points, 8 rebounds
  • Selected Second-team All-Big East by league coaches and also a First-team All-Big East Selection by Basketball Weekly
  • Currently playing overseas
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    93-94263871.53500.0005187.586141971274.9
    94-9528153298.51300.00083110.75523705038913.9
    TOTAL54191369.51800.000134197.6803789575169.6
    Darelle Porter (1987-91) 6-4, Guard, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Led the Big East Conference in assists (7.6) in 1989-90, the only player in school history achieve this feat
  • One of only three players in Pitt history to record a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Providence on Jan. 23, 1991
  • One of only six players to average 10-plus points, 4-plus rebounds and 4-plus assists in a season (1990-91)
  • One of only six players in school history to score 1,000 points and dish out 400 assists in a career
  • Holds school records for 10-plus assist games: season (9 in 1989-90) and career (13)
  • Ranks 34th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list
  • Served as head coach at Duquesne University
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    87-883164131.489312.2502034.588798151514.9
    88-893091227.401626.2315772.79214114382458.2
    89-902995214.4441442.33379107.7382298542839.8
    90-9133119248.4802561.4107090.778168106333310.1
    TOTAL123369820.45048141.340226303.7466174017010128.2
    Sykes Reed (1926-28) 6-0, Guard, Braddock, PA
  • One-time All-America selection (Helms Foundation, 1927-28)
  • Helped lead Pitt to its first national championship in 1927-28. Pitt finished 21-0 that season
  • Backcourt mate on the 1927-28 national title team was Stanley Wrobleski, who played at the same high school as Reed
  • Career Statistics Not Available
    Tom Richards (1972-76)
  • Recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1976
  • Team assist leader with 98 in 1973-74
  • Guard on the 1973-74 team which advanced to the NCAA Tournament's NCAA "Elite Eight," and finished with a 25-4 record, including a school-record 22 consecutive wins in 1973-74
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    72-732255150.36700.000911.81846001195.4
    73-7428106222.47700.0003545.77898002478.8
    74-7529152319.47600.0002642.619983033011.4
    75-762277179.43000.0002332.71965101778.0
    TOTAL101390870.44800.00093130.715307408738.6
    John Riser (1954-57) 6-4, Forward, Washington, PA
  • Named to the 1957 NCAA All-Regional team
  • Ranks 23rd on Pitt's all-time scoring list with 1,164 career points
  • One of only 15 players in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career
  • Scored 30 points vs. Kentucky in 1957
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    54-5526129372.34700.00088169.52100034613.3
    55-5625135333.40500.000135191.70700040516.2
    56-5727130341.38100.000153206.74300041315.3
    TOTAL783941046.37700.000376566.664000116414.9
    Dave Roman (1962-64) Guard, Johnstown, PA
  • Led Pitt in scoring in 1962-63 (15 points per game average)
  • Ranks 23rd for best scoring average of 12.6 points per game during his career
  • Led Pitt in field goal percentage in 1962-63 and 1963-64
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    62-6325146286.51000.0006785.78800035914.4
    63-6425120259.46300.0003045.66700027010.8
    TOTAL50266545.48800.00097130.74600062912.6
    Kent Scott (1969-72) 6-3, Guard, Raytown, MO
  • Ranks 25th on Pitt's all-time scoring list (1,164 points)
  • Led Pitt in scoring in back-to-back seasons (1969-70 and 1970-71)
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    69-7024178344.51700.0004961.80300040516.9
    70-7124138291.47400.0005263.825820032813.7
    71-7224186371.50100.0003847.809790041017.1
    TOTAL725021006.49900.000139171.81316100114315.9
    Calvin Sheffield (1961-64) 6-0, Guard, New Brighton, PA
  • Ranks 27th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list with 1,115 points
  • Led Pitt in scoring in two seasons in 1961-62 (18.5 points per game) and 1963-64 (16.3 points per game)
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    61-6223123280.43900.000129168.76800037516.3
    62-632588226.38900.000101146.69200027711.1
    63-6425161363.44400.000141191.73800046318.5
    TOTAL73372869.42800.000371505.735000111515.3
    Brian Shorter (1988-91) 6-6, Forward, Philadelphia, PA
  • Two-time All-Big East First Team selection (1988-89 and 1989-90)
  • Named the 1988-89 Big East Freshman of the Year
  • Holds school record for best field goal percentage in a game (1.000) when he hit 11-11 shots vs. Providence on Feb. 11, 1990
  • Set season field goal percentage record while shooting .600 in 1988-89
  • Ranks ninth on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,633 points)
  • Scored a career-high 37 points vs. Oklahoma in 1989
  • One of only 15 players in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    88-8930204340.60012.500178249.71548151758719.6
    89-9029197370.53206.000204308.66240142859820.6
    90-9133139294.47302.000170221.76935161644813.6
    TOTAL925401004.538110.100552778.7101234561163317.8
    Charles Smith (1985-88) 6-10, Center, Bridgeport, CONN
  • Two-time All-America selection
  • 1988 Big East Player of the Year and two-time All-Big East selection in 1986-87 and 1988-89
  • Named USBWA Region Player of the Year in 1987-88 and four-time All-Region selection
  • Listed No. 8 on the Big East's 50 Greatest Players list
  • Led Pitt to two Big East titles including its first outright regular season title in 1987-88
  • Member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team and won a Gold Medal with the 1986 World Championship Team in Madrid, Spain
  • One of only three Pitt players to have their jersey retired
  • Freshman All-America selection
  • First Pitt player ever selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 1988 (3rd pick)
  • Enjoyed 10-year NBA career with Los Angeles, New York and San Antonio
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    84-8529151301.50200.000133175.76015632443515.0
    85-8629165318.51900.000131172.76246812746115.9
    86-8733180327.55000.000202275.735531062556217.0
    87-8831211378.558311.273162212.76457963858718.9
    TOTAL1227071324.534311.273628834.753171346114204516.8
    Don Smith (1932-33) 6-0, Guard, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Named NCAA Consensus First Team All-America in 1932-33
  • Selected Helms Foundation First Team All-America in 1932-33
  • Led the Panthers to a 17-5 record in 1932-33
  • Career Statistics Not Available
    Keith Starr (1971-75)
  • One of only three players to record a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Marquette on Dec. 18, 1974
  • Played on the 1973-74 NCAA Regional squad which finished 25-4 overall and won 21 consecutive home games
  • NABC All-Region selection in 1974-75
  • Drafted in the fourth round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls
  • Played two seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    72-732135106.33000.0001117.6476300813.9
    73-742886186.46200.0004669.66786002187.8
    74-7529160338.47300.0006993.74218019038913.4
    TOTAL78281630.44600.000126179.7043291906888.8
    Chris Taft (2003-05) 6-7, Forward, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Consensus Freshman All-America selection in 2003-04
  • Named the Big East's Rookie of the Year in 2003-04
  • Set school record with six Big East Rookie of the Week honors in 2003-04
  • Decided to enter the NBA Draft following his sophomore season and was drafted in the second round by the Golden State Warriors
  • Currently a member of the NBA's Golden State Warriors
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    03-0436162290.55900.00068125.54445601239210.9
    04-0529159274.58000.00068116.58624501138613.3
    TOTAL65321564.56900.000136241.564691102377812.0
    Chevon Troutman (2001-05) 6-7, Forward, Williamsport, PA
  • One of only five All-Big East First Team selections in school history
  • Holds the school record for career field goal percentage (.625)
  • Ranks 18th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list with 1,274 points
  • Concluded his career as the all-time winningest player at Pitt (.812 winning percentage/108 victories) and the only player to advance to four straight NCAA Tournaments and win 20-plus games in each of his four seasons at Pitt
  • One of only 15 players in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    01-022964115.55738.3752451.4711512191555.3
    02-0331135188.71816.16770116.60331143934111.0
    03-0435136208.654314.21469113.6116635423449.8
    04-0529151267.566616.375126177.71243253443415.0
    TOTAL124486778.6251344.295289457.63215586134127410.3
    Chad Varga (1994-97) 6-6, Forward, Detroit, MI
  • Led 1995-96 team in rebounding (6.3 rpg)
  • Two-year starter who played three seasons at Pitt and averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game
  • Played professionaly in Europe following time at Pitt.
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    94-95103382.40215.2002942.690446969.6
    95-9626132270.4891336.3614877.62319141632512.5
    96-972790204.441410.4005882.7071811202429.0
    TOTAL63255556.4591851.353135201.67241294266310.5
    Clyde Vaughan (1980-84) 6-4, Forward, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
  • Pitt's second all-time leading scorer with 2,033 points
  • Two-time NABC All-Region selection
  • Led the Big East in scoring (22.0) in 1982-83, one of only two Pitt players to lead a league in scoring
  • Named the Eastern Eight Tournament Most Valuable Player after Pitt won the tournament in 1982
  • Played on two Eastern Eight Tournament championship teams (1981 and 1982)
  • The only player in school history to score 400 points and grab over 250 rebounds in three consecutive seasons
  • Second Team Eastern Eight selection and Eastern Eight All-Tournament recipient in 1981-82
  • Played on the English National Team in 1989-90
  • Sixth round NBA Draft pick by the Indiana Pacers in 1984
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    80-813189198.44900.0005094.5329272287.4
    81-8230199397.50100.000143200.7151992254118.0
    82-8328228478.47700.000157213.7371961761321.9
    83-8431254526.48300.000143189.7574331865121.0
    TOTAL1207701599.48200.000493696.708902064203316.9
    Don Virostek (1950-53)
  • Holds Pitt's all-time record for most rebounds in a game with 26 against Westminster in 1952-53
  • Set school's season record with a 20.2 rebounds per game average in 1952-53 and total rebounds with 424
  • Led Pitt in free throw percentage during 1951-52 season
  • Led Pitt in field goal percentage during 1952-53 season
  • Teamed with Dick Deitrick in 1952-53 for 595 rebounds
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    50-512655162.34000.0004179.5190001515.8
    51-522269210.32900.0004967.73131001878.5
    52-5321108263.41100.00083129.64300029914.2
    TOTAL69232635.36500.000173275.62931006379.2
    Dwayne Wallace (1978-82) 6-2, Guard, Baltimore, MD
  • Two-time Eastern Eight All-Tournament team member (1981 and 1982)
  • Helped lead Pitt to Eastern Eight Tournament titles in 1981 and 1982
  • Led Eastern Eight in assists (6.2 apg) and steals (2.4) in 1981-82
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    78-7916934.26500.0001727.630954352.2
    79-802475184.40800.0005283.62710311542028.4
    80-8131145330.43900.00076100.76013753836611.8
    81-8230131294.44600.00079103.76718757334111.4
    TOTAL101360842.42800.000224313.716436261699449.3
    Stanley Wrobleski (1926-28)
  • Part of the prolific 1-2 scoring punch with Charley Hyatt which ranked first and second nationally in scoring in 1927-28. Pitt put up a then-phenomenal 38 points per game
  • Ranked second nationally in scoring average (11.8 points per game) and scored 247 points in 1927-28
  • Helped lead Pitt to the 1927-28 national title and 21-0 record
  • Brother Alphonse played at Pitt from 1928-30
  • Career Statistics Not Available
    Donatas Zavackas (1999-2003) 6-8, Forward, Klaipeda, Lithuania
  • Ranks 29th on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,099 points)
  • Helped guide Pitt to the 2003 Big East Tournament title and two Big East West Division regular season titles
  • One of the top 3-point shooters in Pitt history as his .494 3-point percentage in 2000-01 ranks as the best season performance
  • Hit 147 career 3-pointers, good for eighth on Pitt's all-time career list
  • Also an outstanding free throw shooter as his .807 career percentage ranks fifth on Pitt's all-time career list and led Pitt four consecutive seasons in free throw shooting
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    99-002150121.4131442.3334356.76820271577.5
    00-013376165.4614183.4946984.821423162627.9
    01-0233106249.42641123.333114140.81463101436711.1
    02-033193192.48451115.4437694.8096131031310.1
    TOTAL118325727.447147363.405302374.807186184710999.3
    Michael "Mickey" Zernich (1950-53)
  • Led Pitt in scoring back-to-back seasons (1951-52 and 1952-53)
  • Led Pitt in field goal percentage in 1951-52
  • Led Pitt in free throw percentage in 1951-52 and 1952-53
  • Ranks 30th all-time in scoring average at Pitt
  • YearGPFGFGAPctFGFGAPctFTFTAPctAstBlkStlPtsAvg
    50-512667231.29000.00068101.6730002027.8
    51-5222115278.41400.000104163.638630033415.2
    52-532398297.33000.000113174.64900030913.4
    TOTAL71280806.34700.000285438.651630084511.9

    1905-06: First varsity basketball team fielded at Western University of Pennsylvania. WUP loses its first game to Wooster, 34-14. While playing its games at the Motor Square Garden, the squad goes 2-9, scoring only two points in one loss. Included in that year was a 30-4 loss to Penn State on March 5, 1906.

    1908: Western University of Pennsylvania becomes the University of Pittsburgh.

    1908-10: The Panthers discontinue varsity basketball for two years due to lack of interest in the student body.

    1911: Pitt men's basketball played its games at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA)

    1913-14: Pittsburgh men's basketball team members had to be quarantined for a period of 10 days because manager C.K. Murray contracted scarlet fever during the team's road trip through New York state

    February 15, 1916: Pitt defeats Penn State 43-38, the Panthers' first-ever win at State College

    1916: Jim Denhart becomes Pitt's first four-sport letterman as he letters in basketball, football, baseball and track and field

    March 6, 1920: Pitt defeats West Virginia to lay claim to the Tri State Championship

    1922-23: After going through five coaches in 15 years, Pitt hires 23-year old Dr. H.C. Carlson to direct its fortunes. Carlson proceeds to coach for 31 years and become the Panthers' most successful basketball coach with 367 career wins, two mythical national titles and one NCAA tournament appearance. A colorful, eccentric, gregarious personality, Carlson also employed some rather unconvential methods to training including feeding his players ice cream at halftimes of games. Carlson also went on to become one of college basketball's innovators

    January 17, 1924: Playing the famed Figure 8 offense, Doc Carlson's Panthers trailed West Virginia 3-2 at halftime. Spectators tossed pennies on the floor. West Virginia defeated Pitt 25-23

    1925-1926: Pitt played its first basketball game at the Stadium Pavilion, defeating Cornell, 36-26

    1927: Pitt produces its first All-America basketball selection- Charley Hyatt. As a 6-0 forward, Hyatt goes on to become a three-year All-America player at Pitt while leading the Panthers to a 60-7 record from 1927-30. Nicknamed the "Clipper," he twice led the nation in scoring during his collegiate career. He concluded his career with 880 points and was named to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame and elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.

    February 18, 1928: Charley Hyatt's last second basket gave Pitt a 24-22 win vs. Notre Dame

    1928: Pitt wins its first mythical national title winning 21 straight games without a loss and averaging a then-phenomenal 38 points per game. Charley Hyatt and Stan Wroblewski were the nation's two highest scorers

    1929-1930: The Panthers are declared winners of yet another National Championship by finishing 23-2 and losing only to West Virginia and Syracuse. Pitt won its first 12 games of the season. With the national title, Pittsburgh became one of 10 schools to win two or more championships in men's basketball from 1901-1937

    February 7, 1931: Notre Dame led by four points with 15 seconds to go but Pitt players Willie Kowallis and Tim Lawry tossed in hook shots to send the game into overtime. Pitt ran away with the game in overtime and claimed a 35-32 victory

    1931-1932: The Panthers take their first-ever West Coast road trip in basketball

    1932: Pitt-Notre Dame game drew the first sellout crowd in school history (4,000 fans at Pitt Pavilion). Pitt defeats West Virginia 42-40 at the Pitt Pavilion, the second half of a Pitt-WVU boxing-basketball doubleheader. Pitt takes its first West Coast road trip

    January 20, 1934: Pitt defeats Notre Dame 39-34 at the Pavilion, snapping Notre Dame's 22-game winning streak. Moose Krause starred for that Irish team

    1934: Pitt helps inaugurate the present NCAA Championship. The Panthers play Illinois Wesleyan, Wheaton and South Carolina in exhibition games for the Coaches Convention in Atlanta, Ga

    February 8, 1935: Pitt upsets Duquesne 35-34 ending DU's 24-game win streak

    February 16, 1935: Notre Dame led Pittsburgh by 10 points in South Bend but the clock stopped in what had to be the longest fourth quarter on record. Pitt won in the last second and Notre Dame coach George Keegan was so upset he picked up the clock and threw it all the way across the floor

    1935: Pitt wins first-ever Sugar Bowl basketball tournament, defeating LSU, 52-47

    February 18, 1936: Pitt notches a 46-41 season highlight victory over Chick Davies' powerhouse Duquesne. Pitt trailed by nine points at halftime (25-16) but Doc Carlson's celebrated "ice cream intermission" does the trick as Pete Noon and Bob Johnson lead the way in the second half to overcome the deficit. The Panthers reeled off 16 straight points after the half to take control

    February 28, 1940: Pitt plays in the first-ever nationally televised basketball game at Madison Square Garden vs. Fordham. The Panthers defeat Fordham 57-37. The game was part of a doubleheader. Georgetown defeated New York University 50-27 in the second game. The 1940-41 Pittsburgh team photo is on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. for this achievement

    March 22, 1941: In its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Pitt advances to the NCAA Final Four but loses to Wisconsin in the semifinals after eliminating North Carolina in the previous round. The 1940-41 Panthers squad is the only team in school history to advance to the Final Four. Every member of the team graduated and each member represented the United States in World War II. The other three teams to compete at the Final Four in Kansas City were Wisconsin, Arkansas and runner-up Washington State. Wisconsin defeated Washington State 39-34 for the championship

    February 4, 1945: Oland "Do Do" Canterna scores a school-record 37 points against Westminster. Interestingly enough, Canterna achieves this feat despite missing eight straight free throws and scoring zero points in the first period.

    1944-45: The 1944-45 Pitt team was called the "Phantoms" and finished with an 8-4 record

    1948-49: Pitt was one of the inaugural teams in the Orange Bowl Basketball Tournament, defeating both Miami and Florida State twice

    January 21, 1949: Penn State defeats Pittsburgh 34-21 in one of the most bizarre basketball games. Since Pittsburgh ran Doc Carlson's figure-eight offense against Penn State's zone, the game was low-scoring. In fact, Penn State led only 5-0 at halftime, the only points scored off a jump ball at midcourt. The low scoring affair prompted fans to throw pennies on the floor

    February 18, 1949: Pitt defeats West Virginia 34-32, breaking its 58-game home winning streak

    1949: Pitt basketball coach H.C. Carlson is elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

    December 1950: Pitt breaks ground for its new field house. Built at a cost of $1.3 million, the Field House is named after University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Rufus Fitzgerald

    1951: Pitt's Fitzgerald Field House is dedicated as the Panthers move from their previous home court located outside Pitt Stadium

    December 15, 1951: Pitt defeats highly regarded Columbia 65-64 in the first basketball game played at the new University Memorial Field House. Bernard Artman hits the game winning shot to upend the Lions, who were coming off a 22-1 campaign and NCAA District I Championship. The Pitt News heralded the opening of the Field House as "a new era in Panther sports...giving Pitt that much-needed big-time touch." The arena's price tag is reported at $1 million, including a New England maple floor coating which cost $16,128

    February 26, 1951: Pitt defeats West Virginia 72-71 in the last game played at Pitt Pavilion. Pitt won the game on a Scott Phillips bank shot in the closing seconds

    March 3, 1951: Mike Belich concludes the season with 415 points, a single-season school record at the time

    March 1, 1952: Pitt scores just nine points in a 24-9 loss to Penn State. The nine points still ranks in NCAA record books as the second fewest points scored in a game since 1938

    1952-53: Pittsburgh wins its 500th game in school history, a 67-61 home win vs. Dartmouth in 1952-53

    February 12, 1953: Pitt defeats West Virginia 67-65 on a last-second shot by Dutch Burch at Fitzgerald Field House

    February 28, 1953: In Doc Carlson's final game as a Pitt's basketball coach, Penn State defeated the Panthers 73-53 at State College

    1953: Bob Timmons replaces Doc Carlson as basketball coach. Carlson retires after 31 years

    December 11, 1953: The Panthers defeat national power Bradley 66-64 in the opening round of the Steel Bowl Basketball Tournament at the Field House. The victory sets up a championship game match up between Pittsburgh and Duquesne, the first meeting between the neighboring schools since the 1930s

    1955: Julius Pegues becomes the first African-American basketball player at Pitt. Pegues, who came to Pitt from Tulsa, Okla., became just the fourth player in school history to score over 1,000 career points (1,047 from 1955-58)

    January 1, 1955: Pitt registers its first-ever win over a nationally ranked team in defeating No. 17 Pennsylvania in overtime, 81-75

    February 26, 1955: Ed Pavlick becomes Pitt's all-time scoring leader during the final game of the season against Penn State

    December 1, 1956: In his collegiate debut, Don Hennon scores 32 points in Pitt's 97-85 loss at North Carolina State

    1956-57: Bob Lazor and John Riser became the first two Pitt basketball players to eclipse the 1,000-point career mark

    December 21, 1957: Don Hennon scores a school-record 45 points to lead the Panthers past Duke 87-84 in double overtime at Fitzgerald Field House. The 45 points remained the Fitzgerald Field House record through the final 44 years of basketball at the Field House

    1957: The Panthers finish 16-11 and for the second time, appear in the NCAA Tournament. Pitt loses to Adolph Rupp's Kentucky squad in the semifinals

    February 14, 1958: Pitt athletic director Tom Hamilton announces that Dick Woznicki (1957-58 letterman) was found to be ineligible and that Pitt was offering forfeits to any of the 11 teams the Panthers had beaten with Woznicki participating (he missed two wins over Syracuse and George Washington). Pitt finished the season 13-5 and wound up one of the 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament. An Alliquippa native, Woznicki first enrolled at Baldwin-Wallace, then transferred to Geneva, then to Trinidad (Colo.) Junior College, then sat out a year and then failed to make the roster in his second year at Pitt. Thus, 1957-58 was his sixth collegiate season

    1958: Pitt makes its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance under coach Bob Timmons. The Panthers lose to Miami (Ohio) in the quarterfinals

    January 15, 1959: Panthers Men's Basketball team records 50th win at Fitzgerald Field House as it defeats Carnegie Tech, 82-75 in the fourth game of the season

    1959: The Don Hennon Era ends at Pitt. Hennon a 5-8 guard, concluded his Pitt career as a two-time All America and arguably Pitt's greatest player. In his first collegiate game, Hennon scored 34 points and in 1959 set a Pitt record that still stands with 45 points vs. Duke. Hennon holds 10 Panther scoring records. Commented legendary St. John's coach Joe Lapchick at the time, "There's no doubt he is one of the best small men I have ever seen in college ball." Hennon was also the first Pitt player to have his jersey retired

    December 2, 1960: The Panthers trailed by as many as 22 points but rallied for a stunning last second victory over Purdue at Fitzgerald Field House. Don Steinhart posted 17 points and 17 rebounds. John Fridley scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the 1960-61 season opener

    1960s: Pitt students begin a unique tradition at basketball games in the late 1960s: tossing fish onto the court to protest a bad call by the officials

    February 2, 1963: Dave Roman hits a last second shot that seemingly beat West Virginia. The shot was nullified because another Pittsburgh player signaled for a timeout just before Roman released his shot and West Virginia claimed a 68-67 victory at Fitzgerald Field House

    1963: Bob Timmons' Panthers team advances to the NCAA Tournament where they lose a first-round game to New York University. The Panthers win a then-school record 19 games

    March 14, 1964: Pitt makes its first-ever NIT appearance. It loses in the first round to Drake

    January 12, 1966: Pitt records its 100th win at Fitzgerald Field House, defeating Westminster 70-69

    February 28, 1968: Pitt defeats Carnegie Tech 85-74 in head coach Robert Timmons's last game. Timmons announced his retirement from coaching following the 1967-68 season. He was replaced by Charles "Buzz" Ridl

    1969-70: The first season of Pitt basketball radio broadcasts. Bill Hillgrove and former sports information director Dean Billick formed Pitt's first radio broadcast team. Dick Groat joined Hillgrove in the 1979-80 season

    December 30, 1970: A Civic Arena crowd of 13,535, at the time the largest crowd to witness a basketball game in Pitt history, watched John Wooden's UCLA Bruins defeat Pitt 74-64 in the Steel Bowl championship game

    February 13, 1970: In the highest scoring game in school history, Pitt defeats Syracuse 127-108 in Fitzgerald Field House as Kent Scott (29 points), Paul O'Gorek (27) and Cleveland Edwards (20) fuel the Panthers

    March 3, 1970: Kent Scott scores 32 points including 23 in the second half to lead Pitt to a 92-87 upset win against West Virginia in the final college basketball game ever played at the old West Virginia Field House in Morgantown

    December 22, 1972: Billy Knight scores 37 points in an 89-73 loss to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. At the time, the point total represented the most points scored by an opponent against the Bruins at Pauley

    January 14, 1973: Pitt is ranked nationally for the first time in school history, earning No. 17 AP and No. 13 UPI rankings. In the midst of a 22-game win streak, Pitt reaches as high as No. 7 midway through the season

    December 4, 1973: Pitt defeats Rutgers 36-21. The road game was forfeited to Pitt late in the first half when a group of Rutgers students staged a sit-in demonstration on the playing court. To this day, Rutgers does not acknowledge the loss in its official records

    December 18, 1973: The Panthers defeat sixth-ranked and previously undefeated Marquette 65-58 in Al McGuire's only coaching appearance at Fitzgerald Field House. Center Jim Bolla hit 7-of-8 crucial free throws down the stretch to seal the win

    January 14, 1974: Pitt enters the national rankings for the first time in school history as the Associated Press ranks the Panthers 17th and United Press International 13th. The Panthers won 12 straight games including a decisive 62-46 victory over Duke and entered the week with a 12-1 record

    February 20, 1974: The Pitt basketball team extends its win streak to a school-record 22 games in a 56-49 win vs. Temple at Fitzgerald Field House. The streak was broken on Feb. 23 when Penn State's Ron Brown's jumper at the buzzer gave PSU a 66-64 win

    March 14, 1974: Billy Knight scores 34 points to lead the Panthers to an 81-78 win vs. Furman at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., setting up an East Region meeting with eventual national champion North Carolina State

    March 16, 1974: In its most successful season ever in the modern era (to date), Pitt wins 25 games and advanced to the Eastern Regional finals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina State. After losing their first game of the season, the Panthers reel off a 22-game winning streak, the longest in school history. Pitt is led by All America forward Billy Knight who graduates to the NBA and goes on to become Pitt's first All-Pro. The top six players were all Pittsburgh area natives

    June, 1974: Billy Knight becomes Pittsburgh's first-ever professional basketball first round pick as he is selected by the ABA's Indiana Pacers with the sixth overall pick in the 1974 Draft

    December 13, 1975: Pitt stretches its Fitzgerald Field House win streak to 27 games when Tom Richards threw in a 45-foot shot at the buzzer to defeat Ohio 72-71. The 1973-74 and 1974-75 teams never lost a game at the Field House. The dramatic victory was the last win of the streak as Evansville defeated the Panthers 62-62 in their next home game

    December 30, 1975: In a 60-56 loss at Cleveland State, Pitt plays the last 2:15 of a game with only four players. Prior to the game, coach Tim Grgurich suspends several players due to taking beer samples while on a trip to Florida the previous season. Pitt began the game with just seven players as three foul out

    1976-77: The first season Pitt started five Afro-American players

    February 14, 1976: Bob Shrewsbury sets a school-record for most assists in a game (Pittsburgh vs. South Carolina)

    February 2, 1977: Coached by Gale Catlett, a last second corner jumper by Larry Harris gave Pitt a surprising 65-64 upset win vs. nationally ranked Cincinnati at Fitzgerald Field House. Harris scored 31 points in the win

    February 22, 1978: Only a freshman, Sam Clancy scores 20 points and grabs 20 rebounds in leading Pitt to a 72-65 victory over city-rival Duquesne. The win avenged an early 22-point loss to their city rival. Clancy concluded his career as the only player in school history to score 1,000 career points and pull down 1,000 career rebounds. After Pitt defeated Villanova three days prior, Clancy had a big night and was asked if it was his best game. "No," replied the freshman, "My best game is coming up Wednesday vs. Duquesne."

    December 1, 1979: A season opening 83-65 victory over Bucknell was Pitt's 200th victory at Fitzgerald Field House

    February 10, 1979: Pitt upsets No 3 ranked and 17-1 Duke 71-69 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the score tied at 69 with 3:05 to go, Duke coach Bill Foster decided to have his team hold onto the ball. With 10 seconds to go, Sam Clancy intercepted a back-door pass intended for Jim Spanarkal from Bob Bender, dribbled the length of the floor, missed a 15-foot jumper, grabbed the rebound from Mike Gminski and dropped in an easy layup with two seconds left to give Pitt a 71-69 upset win

    March 7, 1980: One day after his team lost to Duquesne 65-63 in an NIT first-round game at Civic Arena, basketball coach Tim Grgurich announced his resignation

    March 28, 1980: Roy Chipman is named Pitt's new basketball coach at a press conference during the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic at Civic Arena. In his first year, guides the Panthers to their first-ever Eastern 8 Championship

    Fall 1981: Pitt announces that it will join the Big East Conference for the 1982-83 season. Pitt became the ninth member of the Big East. It will play its final season in the Eastern Eight in 1981-82, a season which saw the Panthers win their second straight Eastern Eight Tournament title

    March 7, 1981: Pitt defeats Duquesne 64-60 in the championship game of the Eastern 8 Tournament at the Civic Arena to earn an automatic NCAA bid

    March 13, 1981: Dwayne Wallace's game-winning shot in the final seconds gave the Panthers an exciting 70-69 win against Idaho in an NCAA Tournament first round game at El Paso, Texas

    March 15, 1981: Sam Clancy plays his last basketball game at Pitt, an NCAA loss to North Carolina. Clancy was a four-year starter and became the greatest rebounder in school history with 1,342 career boards. Clancy went onto a sterling NFL career and played defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns

    March 2, 1982: Sparked by Clyde Vaughan and Dwayne Wallace, Pitt won its second straight Eastern 8 Tournament title, upsetting top-seeded West Virginia 79-72 at a soldout Civic Arena. Pitt advances to the NCAA Tournament once again. It is also Pitt's first 20-win season in eight years

    December 27, 1982: Pittsburgh plays its first Big East Conference game, an 87-66 road loss

    January 22, 1983: Pitt defeats Seton Hall 78-68 for its first Big East Conference win

    February 1, 1983: The Panthers fall behind early but rally to upset No. 5 St. John's and All America guard Chris Mullin, 72-71. Clyde Vaughan and Andre Williams scored 24 points apiece. Billy Culbertson sinks 6-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win. The victory over the Redmen was one of three major upsets Pitt would dish out in its inaugural Big East season

    February 19, 1983: The Panthers overcome a seven-point deficit with 4:25 left to upset Georgetown and Patrick Ewing, 65-63. Center Andre Williams scored the critical points down the stretch and Clyde Vaughan finished with a game-high 22 points in the win. It was Pitt's third straight upset of a Big East power at Fitzgerald Field House

    March 5, 1983: Pitt closes out its first regular season of Big East Conference play vs. St. John's. In the first year of Big East Conference play, the Panthers finish 13-15 but gain national attention when they upset three top-10 Big East teams- Syracuse, Georgetown and St. John's at Fitzgerald Field House

    March 23, 1984: In an NIT loss to Notre Dame at Fitzgerald Field House, Clyde Vaughan became the first Pitt player top 2,000 points in a career

    November 26, 1984: Pitt records its 250th win at Fitzgerald Field House, defeating St. Francis (Pa.), 104-88

    January 1, 1985: Charles Smith sets the school-record for most free throws made in a game. He hit 18 free throws against Boston College

    March 14, 1985: Pitt makes its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance as a member of the Big East against Louisiana Tech. Charles Smith is named the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year

    March 26, 1986: Fresh off a highly successful stint at Navy and 30-5 record, Paul Evans is named Pitt's 11th head basketball coach

    November 1, 1987: With high preseason expectactions, Pittsburgh enters the national rankings for the first time in 12 years when the Associated Press, USA Today and United Press International rank the Panthers among the nation's top-25 programs. It was the first of 33 consecutive weeks ranked among the nation's top-25

    February 14, 1987: Pitt extends its school-record Big East win streak to eight games with a 72-67 double overtime win vs. Boston College. Ranked 10th nationally, the Panthers went into overtime without center Charles Smith, who fouled out with 2:37 to go in regulation. The upset-minded Eagles led 61-58 with three seconds when Rod Brookin canned a three-pointer at the buzzer from the corner to force another overtime period. Four different Panthers scored in the OT period to give Pitt its 21st victory of the year

    February 21, 1987: Jerome Lane accomplishes a rare 20-20 performance in Pitt's 76-66 win over Connecticut. With the performance, the 6-6 forward breaks the Big East season rebounding record

    March 6, 1987: Pitt wins its first-ever Big East Tournament game, downing Seton Hall, 96-88 as walk-on guard Pat Cavanaugh sparks the win with 13 points off the bench

    March 13, 1987: Pitt wins its school-record 25th victory, claiming a 93-68 NCAA Tournament First Round victory over Marist. Two days later the Panthers' season ends at 25-8 with a loss to Oklahoma

    April 1987: Jerome Lane concludes the season as Pittsburgh's first NCAA statistical champion in rebounding. Lane concludes the year with a 13.5 rebounds per game average (444 in 33 GP)

    November 1987: Sean Miller, Bobby Martin, Brian Shorter and Darelle Porter signed national letters of intent to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh for Paul Evans. The recruiting class went on to rank among FOX.sports.com's all-time top-25 recruiting classes

    December 29, 1987: The undefeated Panthers win their fifth straight holiday tournament by bouncing Alabama, 87-51 in the finals of the Red Lobster Classic. Charles Smith is named tournament MVP, while Jerome Lane and Demetrius Gore earn all tourney honors

    January 4, 1988: Pitt is ranked No. 2 by the Associated Press, its highest ranking ever in the national polls

    January 25, 1988: With 16:36 to go in the first half against Providence and before a nationally televised Monday night contest on ESPN, Jerome Lane smashes a Fitzgerald Field House backboard with a thunderous tomahawk slam dunk. Lane took a fast break pass from Sean Miller and shattered the backboard which caused a 30-minute game delay. Leading just 8-5 at the delay, the Panthers defeated Providence 90-56 and went on to capture the Big East title and earn an NCAA Tournament berth. The Television commentator Bill Raftery made his famous call, "Send it in Jerome" and the night was labeled, "The Night the House Came Down."

    February 23, 1988: Pittsburgh wins its 1,000th game in school history, an 88-71 victory win at St. John's. After the win, Pittsburgh's all-time record stood at 1,000-777 after 81 seasons of basketball

    February 10, 1988: The largest crowd ever to see a college basketball game in Pittsburgh (16,798) witnesses a Mellon Arena Pittsburgh-Syracuse clash. Syracuse claims the win with an 84-75 victory

    March 6, 1988: In its biggest win of the 1987-88 season, Pitt records one of its most significant wins in school history as the Panthers claim their first-ever undisputed Big East Championship with an 85-84 victory over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Jerome Lane scores a career-high 29 points along with 15 rebounds and Charles Smith sinks two free throws with 0:17 to go to secure the win. Smith scores 25 points in his final home game. Pitt ends the season at 12-4 in the Big East

    March 13, 1988: Pitt is seeded second in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region. The No. 2 seed is Pitt's best-ever in school history

    March 20, 1988: After defeating Eastern Michigan in the NCAA Tournament's first round, Pitt loses an 80-74 overtime heartbreaker to Vanderbilt. A Vanderbilt three-pointer ties the game at the buzzer in regulation. Charles Smith scores 21 points and grabs 10 rebounds in his final appearance in a Panthers uniform

    June 1988: Charles Smith and Jerome Lane are both selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. Smith is the third pick overall by Philadelphia 76ers and was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Clippers while Lane is selected No. 23 by the Denver Nuggets. The two first round selections marks the first time in Pittsburgh history that two basketball players were taken in the first round

    January 15, 1989: A jam-packed Fitzgerald Field House stood the entire game as Brian Shorter's 37 points and 12 rebounds led Pitt to a 99-91 win against second ranked Oklahoma at Fitzgerald Field House. Rod Brookin scored 24 points in the win. The Panthers defeated five top-10 teams during the 1998-99 season en route to their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance

    February 20, 1989: Billy Knight has his number retired as Pitt registers its 300th win at Fitzgerald Field House in an 88-80 win vs. Villanova

    February 11, 1990: Brian Shorter sets the school's game field goal percentage record with a perfect 11-11 performance vs. Providence

    November 22, 1991: Darren Morningstar powers his way to 27 points to lead Pitt to an 85-67 win vs. Kentucky at Rupp Arena in a Preseason NIT game

    January 16, 1993: A three-point bomb by freshman Garrick Thomas broke a 73-73 tie with four seconds remaining, lifting the Panthers to an upset win over No. 7 Seton Hall 76-73. Thomas finished with 16 points while teammate Chris McNeal scored 19 points and 11 rebounds. The win helped Pittsburgh to its fifth NCAA bid under Paul Evans

    1994: Ralph Willard is introduced as Pittsburgh's new men's basketball coach

    December 17, 1994: Andre Alridge sets a new school record for most three-point field goal attempts with 15 in a game vs. Georgia

    December 28, 1995: Pitt records its 350th win at Fitzgerald Field House, a 95-47 win over Brown

    February 12, 1997: Behind one of the most brilliant individual offensive performances in Fitzgerald Field House, Pittsburgh knocked off nationally ranked Villanova 95-89. Senior sharpshooter Maile scored 40 points and nailed a school-record eight three-pointers. Maile was virtually unconscious in the second half hitting all eight of his shots, including six treys as the Panthers wiped out a seven-point deficit. Vonteego Cummings also scored 26 points in the win

    January 21, 1998: Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge announces at a news conference that $53 million in state funds have been committed to building a convocation center at Pittsburgh

    March 4, 1998: Vonteego Cummings scored 37 points but they were not enough for Pitt as Villanova defeated the Panthers 96-93 in double overtime at the Big East Tournament

    February 1, 1999: Ralph Willard announces his resignation, effective at the end of the 1998-99 season

    March 8, 1999: After building a strong program and directing one of the best single-season turnarounds in NCAA history at Northern Arizona, Ben Howland is named the 13th head basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh

    March 18, 1999: University of Pittsburgh trustees vote to raze Pitt Stadium after the 1999 football season to make way for the convocation center

    June 22, 1999: It is announced that John Petersen and his wife Gertrude have donated $10 million to the convocation center. It is the largest individual gift ever at the University of Pittsburgh

    June 15, 2000: The official groundbreaking for the John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center

    January 20, 2001: The Panthers hand Georgetown its first basketball loss of the season, a 70-66 defeat at the MCI Center. Julius Page throws down his famous windmill dunk in the process, a symbol of Pittsburgh's emergence as a basketball program

    March 9, 2001: Isaac Hawkins' free throw with three seconds to go gives Pitt a thrilling 55-54 win vs. Syracuse in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. The win puts the Panthers in the Big East Championship game for the first time in school history. It is the first of three consecutive Big East Tournament title game appearances

    March 7-10, 2001: Nobody gave the Panthers much of a chance at the 2001 Big East Tournament but senior Ricardo Greer led Pittsburgh to consecutive victories over Miami, Notre Dame and Syracuse on successive nights. The Panthers finally lost to Boston College in the championship game but used the late season push as its battle cry heading into the 2001-02 season, "Remember the Run."

    October 24, 2001: Big East Conference coaches select Pittsburgh to finish in sixth place in the Big East West division even after its thrilling run to the Big East title game

    December 8, 2001: Playing Penn State at Fitzgerald Field House for the first time in 20 years, Pittsburgh defeats Penn State 83-53, its largest margin of victory by the Panthers in the series

    January 7, 2002: Following a 77-74 victory at Boston College and armed with a 14-1 record, surprising Pittsburgh is ranked for the first time since the 1992-93 season. It was the start of 32 consecutive weeks ranked in both major polls

    February 1, 2002: Pittsburgh storms back from a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Syracuse 75-63 at the Carrier Dome. The win was Pitt's third consecutive vs. the Orangemen

    February 25, 2002: Fresh off road victories at Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia, Pittsburgh is ranked among the Associated Press poll's top-10 for the first time in 14 years

    February 26, 2002: Pittsburgh clinches the Big East West Division title with a 73-66 overtime decision against Seton Hall at Continental Airlines Arena

    March 2, 2002: Playing in the final basketball game in the 50-year history of Fitzgerald Field House, Pittsburgh completes its finest regular season ever with a 92-65 demolition of West Virginia. The Panthers complete their finest regular season ever and set a Fitzgerald Field House single season record for victories with a 16-1 record. Eleven different Panthers score led by Julius Page's 23 points. The Field House closes with a 414-175 overall record (.703)

    March 5, 2002: Ben Howland is named the Big East Men's Coach of the Year and Brandin Knight is selected co-Player of the Year during a banquet on the eve of the Big East Tournament

    March 7, 2002: With a 76-62 victory over Boston College in the Big East Tournament semifinal, Pittsburgh sets a new school record for season victories surpassing the previous school-record of 25 wins set in 1986-87

    March 9, 2002: Pittsburgh drops a thrilling 74-65 double overtime decision to Connecticut in the Big East Tournament final at Madison Square Garden

    March 10, 2002: Pittsburgh receives its first NCAA Tournament bid in nine years and enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed vs. Central Connecticut State at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena

    March 17, 2002: Pitt defeats California 63-50 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Mellon Arena, sending the team to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1974. Tremendous crowds were recorded at the Mellon Arena, fueling enthusiasm for Pittsburgh basketball

    March 21, 2002: Kent State defeats Pittsburgh 78-73 in overtime in NCAA Sweet Sixteen play. Pittsburgh closes out the 2001-02 season with a 29-6 record, NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance, Big East West championship, its first league title of any kind since the 1987-88 campaign

    April 2002: Ben Howland becomes the University of Pittsburgh's first national coach of the year honoree since former football coach Johnny Majors earned honors in 1976. Howland earns five national coach of the year honors

    June 5, 2002: Ben Howland receives the City of Champions Achievement Award

    August 31, 2002: Pittsburgh announces that the entire 2002-03 men's basketball season has become a sellout for the 12,508-seat Petersen Events Center. A significant achievement since Pitt doubled its capacity after playing in the 6,978-seat Fitzgerald Field House

    November 2002: Pittsburgh is ranked preseason No. 4 in the USA Today coaches poll, its highest ranking since a No. 4 ranking to start the 1987-88 campaign

    November 23, 2002: The University of Pittsburgh opens the brand-new Petersen Events Center with an 82-67 defeat of Duquesne. The sellout crowd of 12,508 set a new Pittsburgh record for largest on-campus basketball crowd in school history

    December 22, 2002: Pittsburgh ascends to a school-record tying No. 2 national ranking by the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today. It is the highest Pitt has been ranked since the 1988 season and the first of eight national rankings on the year at the No. 2 spot

    January 6, 2003: Pittsburgh claims a 72-55 home victory over Notre Dame in a battle of two top-5 teams. Before a live ESPN national audience, the game becomes a showcase for Pittsburgh and its brand-new Petersen Events Center

    March 5, 2003: Pittsburgh closes out its regular season with a perfect 16-0 home record in the Petersen Events Center with a 86-54 win over Seton Hall. The school's winningest four-year class of Brandin Knight, Ontario Lett and Donatas Zavackas plays its final home game. The trio finished with a school-best 89-40 four-year record

    March 9, 2003: Pittsburgh clinches its second consecutive Big East West regular season title with a 56-54 victory at Villanova. Villanova played with just seven players after eight players were suspended for making unauthorized phone calls

    March 15, 2003: In its third consecutive Big East title game appearance, Pittsburgh claims its first-ever Big East Tournament Championship with a 74-56 victory over Connecticut. Julius Page is named tournament MVP while Brandin Knight earns all tourney honors. Knight, whose dive after a loose ball personifies the Panthers' work ethic, set Big East tourney career records for assists and steals

    March 16, 2003: Pittsburgh is named the Midwest Region's No. 2 seed and is sent to Boston against first-round opponent Wagner

    March 23, 2003: With a 74-52 victory over Indiana in the NCAA Second Round in Boston, Pittsburgh earns its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen

    April 15, 2003: Jamie Dixon is introduced as the University of Pittsburgh's 14th men's basketball coach replacing Ben Howland.

    November 14, 2003: Head Coach Jamie Dixon registers first career victory with a 71-62 win over Alabama at Madison Square Garden. Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and Athletic Director Jeff Long present Dixon a game ball in the lockerroom following the ESPN televised contest. It is the first of 18 consecutive wins to start Dixon's college coaching career. The 18 wins rank as the third best start for a rookie head coach in NCAA Division I history.

    January 19, 2004: Pitt carries an 18-0 record and 4-0 Big East record into a contest at Connecticut. Pitt loses the game 68-65 but gains the nation's respect with its performance.

    February 15, 2004: Pitt hosts Connecticut in what turns out to be the first meeting between two top-5 men's basketball teams in city history. Pitt claims a 75-68 win in a contest that garnered 150 media credential requests and tickets scalped on the street for over $300.

    February 29, 2004: Syracuse ends Pitt's 40-game home win streak, handing the Panthers a 49-46 loss. The loss also ended Pitt's 34-game win streak to open the Petersen Events Center. The streak ranked as the third longest to open an arena in NCAA Division I history.

    March 6, 2004: Pitt celebrates its third straight Big East regular season championship on the Petersen Events Center floor after a 59-45 home win over Villanova. On the following day, Syracuse defeats Connecticut, giving the Panthers their first outright Big East regular season title since 1987-88.

    March 9, 2004: Four Pitt players earn Big East postseason honors at the league's annual awards banquet prior to the start of the Big East Championship. Jamie Dixon was named Big East Coach of the Year, Chris Taft earned Big East Rookie of the Year, Carl Krauser was named Big East Most Improved Player and Jaron Brown earned the Sportsmanship Award.

    March 13, 2004: Following victories over Virginia Tech and Boston College, Pitt advances to the Big East Championship Final for a school record fourth straight season.

    March 21, 2004: Pitt advances to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for a school record third consecutive season with a 59-55 win over Wisconsin at Milwaukee's Bradley Center.

    March 25, 2004: Pitt's season concludes with at 31-5 after a Sweet Sixteen loss to Oklahoma State. The school record 31 victories mark the third-best win total for a rookie head coach in NCAA Division I history.

    March 8, 2005: Chevon Troutman becomes just the fifth player in Pitt basketball history to earn All-Big East First Team honors.

    March 15, 2005: With a 20-8 record, Pitt advances to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The Panthers receive a No. 9 seed and are sent to Boise, Idaho for a first round game against Pacific.

    November 19, 2005: Pitt opens its Centennial Basketball season at home against Saint Peter's.