Krauser leads Pitt over No. 24 Wisconsin
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Carl Krauser scored 22 points and Sam Young
added 16, as the Pittsburgh Panthers remained unbeaten with a 73-64 victory
over the 24th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers at the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers (11-0) ended a perfect December for the third straight season
with the victory, winning nine of their 11 games at the Petersen Events
Center. Pittsburgh has won 58 of its last 59 games versus non-conferences foes
Alando Tucker was the only Badger in double figures with 25 points, as
Wisconsin (10-2) had its six-game winning streak snapped. Tucker also grabbed
seven rebounds in the loss.
Brian Butch added nine points and five rebounds for Wisconsin, which shot just
42 percent from the floor and made only 3-of-15 from beyond the arc.
An 11-2 run midway through the opening half gave the Panthers a 21-12 edge.
John DeGroat and Levance Fields made back-to-back treys and Levon Kendall’s
free throw capped the spurt.
The Badgers then scored five straight points and the game remained close for
the remainder of the half.
Krauser’s 13 points helped Pittsburgh establish a 35-28 halftime advantage.
Tucker led the Badgers with 11 points.
The Panthers opened the second half with a 6-1 spurt to take a 41-29 edge.
Young scored four of the six points including a layup in traffic with 17:56
remaining in the game.
Wisconsin cut the deficit to 63-57 on back-to-back buckets from Jason Chappell
and Butch with 4:17 to go. Tucker scored in the paint about two minutes later
to again make it a six-point game, 67-61.
Off a Tucker miss moments later, Chappell cleaned up inside and was fouled. He
missed the free throw, but Pittsburgh’s lead was still just four.
DeGroat increased the lead back to six on a running layup with 1:33 remaining.
Joe Krabbenhoft missed a straight-on three on the other end, and Fields
drained two free throws to make the score 71-63 with 43 seconds left on the
The Badgers got no closer the rest of the way.
The Badgers still lead the all-time series 10-7, but the Panthers have won the
last two games. They defeated Wisconsin 59-55 in the second round of the 2004
NCAA tournament…Pittsburgh shot 55 percent from the floor and received 35
points from its bench.