Monday , Jan , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Krauser stars as No. 12 Pitt handles Syracuse

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Carl Krauser scored 21 of his career-high 32
points in the second half as 12th-ranked Pittsburgh defeated 25th-ranked
Syracuse, 80-67, at the Peterson Events Center.

Krauser hit 8-of-13 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point
range, as the Panthers (16-1, 5-1 Big East) rebounded from their lone loss of
the season. The senior also hit 13-of-14 free throws, grabbed six boards and
dished out four assists for Pittsburgh, which improved to 3-0 against ranked
opponents this season.

Gerry McNamara and Eric Davendorf had 18 points apiece for the Orange (15-5,
3-3), who have dropped three straight — all to ranked opponents. McNamara hit
just 2-of-12 three-point attempts for Syracuse, which shot just 22 percent (6-
of-27) from long range.

The Panthers led by as many as 15 points, 51-36, early in the second half, but
Syracuse went on an 18-7 run to cut the deficit to just four points. Demetris
Nichols’ jumper with 9:20 left in the contest capped the run, which drew the
Orange as close as they would get the rest of the way.

Pittsburgh answered with a 12-3 burst to put the game out of reach. Levon
Kendall ended the surge with a free throw with 2:27 left and the Panthers used
that to coast to the finish.

Keith Benjamin and Ronald Ramon ended with 11 points each for Pittsburgh,
which lost its first game this season on Saturday at Madison Square Garden
against St. John’s.

The Panthers shot 45 percent from the field in this game, including 44 percent
from three (7-of-16). The club also scored 24 points in the paint compared to
just nine for the under-sized Orange.

Nichols finished with 13 points for Syracuse, which ended a stretch of four
straight games against ranked opponents 1-3. The Orange, who host Seton Hall
next on January 29, ended the stretch with losses to then third-ranked UConn
last Monday and then eighth-ranked Villanova on Saturday before dropping this

The Panthers never trailed, scoring the game’s first seven points. Syracuse
managed to tie the game just once, at 17-17, but an 8-0 burst by Pittsburgh
put the team in front for good. Krauser had five points during the run, which
was capped by a Tyrell Biggs’ free throw with 6:36 remaining in the first

After the Orange cut the deficit to 29-23 on a Davendorf bucket with just
under 3 1/2 minutes left in the opening stanza, the Panthers ran off five
straight points and cruised into the half with a 39-31 advantage.

In the second half, Pittsburgh scored the first six points to extend to a
45-31 cushion.

Game Notes

Krauser’s previous career-high was 31 points…McNamara was coming off a
career-worst four-point performance against Villanova…Aaron Gray had a game-
high 11 rebounds for Pitt…The Panthers improved to 12-0 at home…Syracuse
fell to 4-2 away from the Carrier Dome…Pitt outboarded the Orange 45-38.