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Dismal Panthers held down by turnovers

| Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Pitt prides itself on its assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking second in the nation in that category at 1.56. But you wouldn't know it in the first half against Providence on Tuesday night.

The Panthers had three assists and 10 turnovers. Pitt point guard Levance Fields, second in the nation at 7.5 assists per game, had no assists and one turnover in the first half.

• After going nine consecutive games without 10 or more points, Pitt senior, forward Tyrell Biggs reached double figures for the second consecutive game, finishing with 10 points last night.

• The Providence seniors, which includes four-fifths of the starting lineup, were honored before last night's game, as the Friars played their final home game of the season.

• Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs snapped out of a minor funk when he hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half. Gibbs had been 0 for 7 from the field in the past three games.

• Pitt ranks No. 1 in the nation in rebounding margin, but the Panthers didn't show it in the first half last night. Providence, which ranks seventh in the Big East in rebounding, out-rebounded the Panthers, 19-14.

• The Panther seniors — Biggs, Fields and Sam Young — were trying to win their 107th game at Pitt, which would have equaled the second most by any class in school history. The senior class of 2004-05 went an all-time best 108-25. The current seniors are 106-29.

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