PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Carl Krauser had 14 points as Pittsburgh
opened up an early lead and ran away from a lackluster Auburn team
78-41 on Sunday.
The contest was billed as the first true test of the season for
Pitt (5-0), which opened up against four teams from lesser
conferences -- St. Peter's, Robert Morris, Maine and St. Francis
But Auburn (3-2), the preseason consensus for last place in the
Southeastern Conference's Western Division, provided less
resistance than any team Pitt has played.
Auburn had only four points 13 minutes into the game as Pitt
began the contest on a 26-4 run. After a Korvotney Barber layup a
little more than two minutes into the game, the Tigers went a span
of 10:59 without scoring until a Frank Tolbert putback with 6:49 to
play in the half.
Auburn made only two of its first 12 shots and had nine
turnovers over that span. The Tigers missed their first 10 free
throws and trailed 39-15 at halftime.
Pitt began the second half on a 9-0 run and followed with runs
of 7-0 and 12-0. Auburn scored 13 of the final 16 points to avoid
suffering the largest margin of defeat ever at the Petersen Events
Ronny LeMelle's 16 points paced Auburn, which shot 40 percent
from the field and 20 percent from the free-throw line. The Tigers
were outrebounded 41-20.