Sunday , Jan , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bucknell shocks Panthers, hands Pitt rare home loss

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Kevin Bettencourt scored five of his 13
points in the final two minutes to lead Bucknell to a 69-66 upset over 10th-
ranked and previously unbeaten Pittsburgh.

The Panthers (10-1) saw their 25-game win streak against non-conference
opponents come to an end. A victory in this, their final out-of-conference
game, would have sewn up a second straight unbeaten slate of non-league games
as the school heads into Big East play.

Pittsburgh had also won its previous 48 regular season non-conference home
games and this loss was just its second in 45 contests at Petersen Events
Center.

“We were ready for the game, but when we got here, it was a different story,”
Krauser said. “They came out blazing and we didn’t step up to the challenge as
well as we should have. Everyone hates to lose a game like this. It’s an eye-
opener.”

Chris McNaughton finished with 17 points for the Bison (9-4), winners of six
straight games. Charles Lee added 14 points in the victory.

“I don’t know where to put it,” Bucknell head coach Pat Flannery said. “You
don’t play these games on your schedule without thinking you can come in and
beat them. I felt like we could come in and play with them. I’ll put it in
perspective when I calm down.”

Carl Krauser scored a game-high 20 points for the Panthers and now has 1,004
for his career, becoming the school’s 32nd player to reach the 1,000-point
plateau. Chris Taft netted 19 points in the disappointing setback.

Trailing by 12 early in the second half, Pitt outscored the Bison 16-4 over a
span of nearly eight minutes to break even at 53-53 midway through the second
period. Taft and Ronald Ramon each had six points during the surge.

After Bucknell missed a trio of three-pointers on one possession, John Griffin
knocked down a shot from long range to give back the lead to Bucknell at
56-53.

The Bison held Pitt at bay until Krauser’s three with 2:02 remaining off a
steal by Taft handed the Panthers their first lead, 64-62, since early in the
first half. Antonio Graves’ trey 90 seconds earlier trimmed the margin down to
one.

Bettencourt’s three-point play 25 seconds later put Bucknell back in front by
one before a bucket by Krauser put the score back in Pitt’s favor with 1:24
left.

A pair of Bettencourt free throws made it 67-66 Bucknell with 23 ticks left
and the Bison regained possession courtesy of a turnover by Krauser.

But Abe Badmus had the ball taken away by Graves, who after a timeout, missed
a potential go-ahead jumper with three seconds remaining.

Pitt’s only chance left was to foul, but Lee knocked down the ensuing free
throws to cement the upset.

Bettencourt scored the first four points of a 14-2 Bucknell run that put the
Bison ahead 27-16 with 8:53 left in the first half.

The Panthers got as close as five, but were down by 12 after Lee’s three-
pointer in the final minute of the half. Pittsburgh’s Yuri Demetris countered
with a three of his own to make it 42-33 at intermission.

BUCKNELL PITT