Seton Hall 63

(8-6, 0-3 Big East)

(20) Pittsburgh 67

(12-2, 2-1 Big East)

    12:00 PM ET, January 15, 2005

    Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    HALL 28 3563
    #20PITT 38 2967

    Top Performers

    Seton Hall: J. Cerasoli 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Pittsburgh: C. Troutman 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Troutman lifts Panthers in back-and-forth game

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It wasn't easy, but Pittsburgh finally won a home game.

    Chevon Troutman scored 10 of his 23 points in the final 4:47 Saturday to lift the Panthers (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) to a 67-63 victory over Seton Hall in a game of runs.

    Pittsburgh had won 43 of its first 44 games in the 3-year-old Petersen Events Center before losing its last two there, 69-66 to Bucknell and by the same score to Georgetown. The Panthers (12-2, 2-1 Big East) won 66-63 at Rutgers last Saturday.

    "I just felt like the game was going to come down to a three-point game at the end like the last three games," Troutman said. "I felt the ball was coming to me, so I had to take advantage of the opportunities."

    The Panthers closed the game on an 11-3 run after making only one field goal for a stretch of almost 9 minutes. From the 13:39 mark of the second half until there was 4:45 to play, Seton Hall (8-6, 0-3) outscored Pitt 24-3, including a 15-0 run at one point.

    "I think what happened was we did a bad job executing when they made their run," Panthers point guard Carl Krauser said. "We just made a couple bad plays."

    Just as quickly, however, the momentum swung back, and Pitt outscored Seton Hall 16-5 down the stretch after trailing 58-51.

    "Our emotions changed," Seton Hall senior John Allen said. "At one point our emotions were high, and then Troutman had two three-point plays and everybody's emotion just dropped."

    Pitt outscored the Pirates 36-20 in the paint in handing them their third straight loss since conference play started.

    In addition to the 23 points from the 6-foot-7 Troutman, one off his career high set more then 2 years ago, 6-10 center Chris Taft had 14 points and 6-10 reserve Mark McCarroll added eight despite feeling ill before and during the game.

    Taft had five of the Panthers' seven blocks, including one on Jamar Nutter with 14 seconds to play, and grabbed seven rebounds. Seton Hall starting center Grant Billmeier had four fouls in as many minutes and did not score.

    "We may have taken away the (3-point shot) and that allowed Troutman and Taft to have a little more freedom down low," Seton Hall coach Louis Orr said.

    Krauser had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists.

    "I was just trying to set the tone, trying to get the ball down low to Chevy, Chris and Mark," Krauser said. "They were down low battling, so I felt it was only right to get them the ball."

    The Pirates were without junior guard Donald Copeland, who did not make the trip to Pittsburgh after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

    Allen and freshman Justin Cerasoli each had 15 points to lead Seton Hall, and J.R. Morris added 12.

    The Pirates didn't score their first points until the 15:30 mark of the first half when Cerasoli converted a three-point play. Pitt's offensive output wasn't much better as that tied the score.

    Pitt went on a 16-5 run to close out the first half and take its largest lead to that point, 38-28.

    Seton Hall, which led by as many as seven points early, shot only 37 percent from the field and 43 percent from the free throw line in the first half. It shot only 40 percent from the field for the game.

    "We showed a lot of courage today," Orr said. "Im proud of our toughness, being on the road, being down, we didn't give up. And that's all you can do. We turned a 10-12-point deficit into a six-point lead. It's not an easy place to play and Pitt is a very good team."

    The win marked the 100th for the Panthers senior class of Troutman, McCarroll and starting shooting guard Yuri Demetris. It is only the second class in school history to win 100 games.

    "Both teams just battled," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. "It was a great win against a very good team for us. Being down and not giving up, that's the best thing about this team and that's what they did."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 67
    FG Made-Attempted 23-57 (.404) 24-48 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 3-10 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-22 (.545) 16-28 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 14

    2004-05 Season

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