Pitt played the 100th game at the Petersen Events Center last night and suffered one of the most humiliating defeats of the Jamie Dixon era. Rutgers, a team that had one Big East victory to its credit entering the game, stunned the No. 13 Panthers, 77-64, before a sellout crowd.
The loss tied for worst in the history of the Petersen Events Center. Pitt lost to Louisville by 13 at home last season. This was loss is just as unexplainable as the loss to Bucknell in 2005.
Rutgers, an 18 1/2 point underdog, was the lowest scoring and poorest shooting team in the Big East coming into the game. Yet the Scarlet Knights looked like the world beaters against Pitt's normally stingy defense.
Rutgers shot 53.7 percent from the field (29 for 54) and outscored the Panthers 45-25, in the second half. The Scarlet Knights, second-to-last in rebounding margin in the conference, dominated the Panthers on the boards. They out-rebounded the Panthers by 16 in the second half.
"They just played harder than us tonight," Pitt senior Keith Benjamin said. "That usually doesn't happen, especially in this gym."