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Pitt beats DePaul in Big East opener

Sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs scored a 23 game-high points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds as Pitt topped DePaul, 65-52, on Monday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
Pitt (11-2, 1-0), which has won four in a row since losing to Indiana at Madison Square Garden, won its 30th consecutive game at Petersen Events Center, the second-longest streak in the nation.
Jermaine Dixon added 12 points and Brad Wanamaker had seven points and a game-high nine rebounds for Pitt, which plays at No. 5 Syracuse on Saturday to begin a three-game Big East road trip.
Will Walker and Mac Koshwal each scored 11 points for DePaul (7-6, 0-1), which lost its 19th consecutive Big East regular-season game.
Pitt led 39-25 at halftime and pulled away in the second half after DePaul cut the Panthers’ lead to 54-49 on Walker’s 3-pointer with 5:41 to play. Pitt answered with a 6-0 run and helped seal the win with Gibbs’ 3-pointer for a 63-51 lead with 1:58 to play.
Pitt went 9 of 16 from the free throw line, but Gibbs was 6 for 6 to move his streak to 33 free throws in a row, the second-longest streak in school history.

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