Wednesday , Feb , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Krauser propels Pittsburgh over Hoyas

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Carl Krauser poured in a career-high 26
points and grabbed nine rebounds, as third-ranked Pittsburgh rallied to
post a 68-58 win over Georgetown at the MCI Center.

Chevon Troutman added 13 points and Chris Taft contributed 12 points and 12
boards for the Panthers (25-2, 11-2 Big East), who have won seven of their
last eight games.

Pittsburgh, which has the most wins of any team in Division I, also remained
one-game ahead of both Connecticut and Providence for first place in the
conference.

Gerald Riley had 25 points for the Hoyas (13-11, 4-9), who have dropped five
straight contests. Ashanti Cook netted 15 in the loss.

The Panthers made 22-of-33 foul shots (67 percent), compared to only 60
percent shooting from the charity stripe by Georgetown (6-of-10).

The Hoyas were also outrebounded 40-20 for the game and did not get a single
point from their bench. Georgetown also struggled defensively in the second
half as 20 of its 23 fouls were committed in the final stanza.

“I thought we got tired,” Georgetown head coach Craig Esherick said. “And when
we got tired, I thought our shot selection starting getting tired. And I
thought because we got tired, we stopped rebounding the way we had in the
first part of the game. I thought we played well. I think defensively we
caused them a lot of problems.”

Pittsburgh trailed by eight at halftime, but pulled within 34-29 on Taft’s
jumper with 13:57 left in the game. The Hoyas, though, quickly widened the gap
back to eight on Riley’s three-pointer at the other end of the floor.

Georgetown then led 41-33 with just over 11 minutes left, but the Panthers
reeled off 17 straight points to seize a 50-41 advantage with 4:20 remaining
in the game.

During the game-clinching burst, Krauser scored the first seven points and
Troutman then scored on a tip-in to give Pittsburgh a 42-41 lead with 8:24
remaining.

“I just felt we were down, and I needed to get some points,” said Krauser. “I
was just trying to go out there and make plays. We were just trying to change
the momentum.”

Mark McCaroll added four consecutive points, followed by one free throw each
by Taft and Troutman to push the cushion to 48-41. Krauser then capped the
17-0 surge with a layup to make it 50-41 with 4:20 left in the game.

“I think sometimes with our record, everybody expects the perfect game,” said
Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon. “The good teams are the ones that respond
and adjust to things throughout the game.”

Cook’s jumper with 4:12 left snapped an scoreless streak of nearly eight
minutes for the Hoyas, but they were never able to seriously threaten again.

Pittsburgh led by as many as 12 points in the final minutes and coasted to the
10-point victory.

Georgetown jumped out to a 17-8 lead on Brandon Bowman’s jumper with 10:37
left in the first half and the margin grew to double-digits moments later. The
Hoyas continued to pour it on as Riley’s layup with just over five minutes
left in the half stretched the cushion to 26-13.

Pittsburgh tried to mount a comeback late in the half as it closed the stanza
by scoring seven of the final nine points. Krauser scored five of those
points, including a knocking down a three-pointer, to bring the Panthers
within 28-20 at the half.

Riley had 10 points for Georgetown, which forced 14 first-half turnovers,
while Krauser scored seven for the Panthers in the opening 20 minutes.

GTOWN PITT