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For the first time since a pre-Big East South Florida beat Pitt 69-63 on November 25, 2001, the Panthers lost a basketball game in November, losing the championship game of the CBE Classic to #3 Texas last night by a 78-62 count in Kansas City. It was also the first career loss for Jamie Dixon in the month of November (which should be the case, considering that Pitt's schedule usually looks like it was designed by Hostess this time of year).

Texas was playing without starting guard Varez Ward, who went down with a knee injury before the game. His replacement, J'Covan Brown, had 12 points for the Longhorns, who were led by Damion Jones' 20 (and nine boards) on the night.

Pitt was able to hang with Texas for most of the game, even holding a 34-32 lead at the half. But the lack of a major scorer caught up with the Panthers, who had nine players score but featured a high of just 13 (Brad Wanamaker). Pitt was ultimately buried for good by a 14-3 run in the second half, which was aided by their 37% shooting over the final 20 minutes. The Panthers were outshot 53%-40% on the night and 40%-25% from three-point land, although they did hold their own on the glass. Gary McGhee led the Panthers with 10 of their 28 rebounds, adding 11 points.

Pitt resumes play at the Pete on November 28 against Youngstown State. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:00 PM. The 3-2 Penguins have already fallen to Xavier (by 26 points) and Kent State (by nine) in their young season.

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