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'Canes take Pitt to double overtime

1/10/2004

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Trailing by two points with 3.9
seconds left in regulation, the Pittsburgh Panthers needed to go
the length of the floor and score to avert their first defeat of
the season. So they gave the ball to Carl Krauser, and he did the
rest.

Krauser dribbled past three defenders for a buzzer-beating layup
that tied the game, and No. 15 Pitt went to beat Miami 84-80 in
double overtime Saturday.

The Panthers (16-0, 2-0 Big East) survived their first road game
in nearly two months to extend the nation's longest winning streak.

Miami (10-5, 0-1) lost despite two clutch baskets by Guillermo
Diaz, including one with 4 seconds left in regulation to put his
team ahead 64-62.

Following a timeout, Krauser caught the inbounds pass deep in
the backcourt and decided he was going all the way. He looked at
the clock at midcourt, and it showed 2.3 seconds. He looked again
when he reached the 3-point line, and it showed 1.9 seconds.

"The object was to get it to the rim and try to get fouled or
make the layup," he said. "That was my goal."

So Krauser kept going. He dribbled around one defender and
between two others before sinking his shot as time expired.

"Nobody really came over to cut him off," Miami coach Perry
Clark said. "But you've got to give him a lot of credit. He kept
his poise."

Krauser, Pitt's leading scorer this season, had missed the past
four games with a groin injury. Miami held him scoreless for the
first 19:58, but he finished with 19 points and kept the Panthers
in the game in the second half, when they trailed by as many as
six.

Krauser also made a steal and two free throws in the final
minute of the second overtime to help seal the win for the
Panthers. They're off to their best start since the school's only
unbeaten season (21-0) in 1927-28.

"We live for games like this," said Jaron Brown, who had 16
points and nine rebounds for Pitt. "We like the pressure, the
crowd's against us, and we know everyone is going to come at us
with their best shot."

Jamie Dixon remained unbeaten in his first season as
Pittsburgh's coach.

"Miami was just continuing to make shot after shot," Dixon
said. "They definitely played well enough to win. But somehow our
guys had the toughness and smarts and willpower to fight through it
and get it done."

Chris Taft had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers.
Darius Rice led the Hurricanes with 22 points and nine rebounds in
48 minutes.

"We're upset," Rice said. "We had the No. 15 team on the
ropes, and we let it slip away."

Rice's dunk on a fast break put Miami ahead 68-66 in the first
overtime. Krauser's jumper tied the game again, and Brown hit a
6-footer with 33 seconds left to give Pitt the lead.

But after Pitt's Mark McCarroll missed the second of two free
throws, Diaz's 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left forced a second
overtime at 71-all.

Taft's layup put Pitt ahead to stay 79-77 with 1:52 to go. Brown
intercepted a pass and made two free throws, and Krauser made a
steal and two free throws for an 83-77 lead.

McCarroll's free throw with 3 seconds left sealed the win.