Scores

Final

Alabama 62

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(22) Pittsburgh 71

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, November 14, 2003

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 T
ALA 24 3862
#22PITT 24 4771

Dixon gets first win as Pitt coach

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carl Krauser, replacing four-year starter Brandin Knight at point guard, scored a career-high 21 points and No. 22 Pittsburgh beat Alabama 71-62 Friday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

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'Bama couldn't keep PItt from another win in the Garden.

Jamie Dixon got the win in his first game as head coach of the Panthers. He replaced former boss Ben Howland, who went to UCLA after four seasons at Pittsburgh.

The Panthers struggled from 3-point range, missing their first 13 tries before Krauser finally hit one from beyond the arc to give the Panthers a 39-35 lead with 11:08 to play. They didn't quite catch on fire from long range, but they did make three in a 2:40 span to go up 59-53 with 2:10 left.

The last of the 3-pointers was by Jaron Brown and that was Pittsburgh's last field goal of the game. The Panthers made the lead stand up by going 12-for-16 from the free throw line the rest of the way.

The win was Pittsburgh's fourth straight at Madison Square Garden, where it won the Big East tournament for the first time last March.

Chuck Davis, one of Alabama's young players looking to claim one of the four starting spots left open from last season, had a career-high 20 points. He averaged 1.5 points last season as a freshman with a high of five points against North Carolina Greensboro.

Chevon Troutman had 13 points for Pittsburgh, while Brown added 11 and freshman Chris Taft, like Krauser a native of New York, had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Krauser averaged 6.0 points last season as a freshman with a high of 14 against Georgia.

Antoine Pettway had 17 points for Alabama, which played in this event last season and upset then-No. 3 Oklahoma on the way to the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking.

Pittsburgh, which won its seventh straight season opener, finished 4-for-20 from 3-point range and 21-for-33 from the free throw line.

Alabama was 3-for-14 on 3s and 15-for-23 from the foul line.

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