Pitt retires Knight's jersey
• Pitt assistant coach Brandin Knight's jersey number was retired during a pre-game ceremony before Pitt's game with visiting Marquette on Wednesday night. Knight's "jersey" was raised to the rafters before the game after a highlight tape on the video screen of the former Big East Player of the Year. The ceremony was a tightly kept secret, but word leaked out in the moments before the game. "I told Levance (Fields) I wouldn't cry," a dry-eyed Knight said. "I want to thank everybody and this university for fulfilling my dream to be a Big East player." Knight, who wore uniform No. 20, is Pitt's all-time leader in assists (785) and steals (298) and scored 1,440 points from 1999-2003. The East Orange, N.J. native is the fourth Pitt player to have his jersey retired. The others are Don Hennon (25), Charles Smith (32) and Billy Knight (34).
• Senior forward Sam Young passed Billy Knight for seventh place in Pitt's all-time scoring list. Knight, an All-American in 1973-74, scored 1,731 points from 1971-74. Young scored 18 points to give him 1,745 for his career. He needs nine points to pass Ricardo Greer to move into sixth place. Young, who will be on the cover of today's Sports Illustrated with seven players from top NCAA teams, also played in his 137th game at Pitt, which ties him with Jaron Brown for the most all-time in school history.
• Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was among the sold-out crowd at Petersen Events Center. The Super Bowl-winning coach was shown in the stands during a timeout in the first half and received a rousing ovation.
• It was Pitt's 20th consecutive victory at home, which is tied for the third-longest streak in the nation. Kansas has won 40 in a row and Utah State 33 in a row entering last night's action. Pitt is 18-0 at home this season.
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