COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Freshman Sam Young scored a career-high 16
points to keep Pittsburgh undefeated with a 58-51 victory over
South Carolina on Wednesday night.
Young's play saved the Panthers (10-0) from an overall sluggish
performance as they shot less than 40 percent for the game and
finished 19 points below their season's scoring average. Still,
Pitt matched its start from last season and kept on the trail of
the school's 18-0 start from 2003-04.
Keith Benjamin's jumper put Pitt ahead 24-22 early in the second
half -- the team's first lead since 2-0 -- and then Young extended
the margin with his three-point play.
Three minutes later, Young hit a 3-pointer as teammate -- and
Panthers' top scorer -- Carl Krauser raised his arms along with the
referees as the shot went through.
Young followed with four straight free throws and Pittsburgh led
The Gamecocks eventually cut things to 49-45 with less than
three minutes left and forced Pitt guard Ronald Ramon into a long,
off-balance three-point try with the shot clock near zero. But
Young cut across the lane from the right corner to collect the long
Krauser would eventually end the possession with a driving layup
to maintain control for the Panthers.
South Carolina retired the No. 3 jersey of all-time scoring
leader BJ McKie before the tip-off.
The Gamecocks (7-4) could've used the savvy and steadiness McKie
showed during his four seasons from 1996-99. South Carolina
squandered several chances to tighten the game near the end.
When Krauser hit both ends of a one-and-one to put Pitt ahead
53-47 with 51 seconds to go, Rocky Trice missed an inside shot as
he got followed on the Gamecocks next possession.
Then Trice missed one of his two foul shots.
Pittsburgh closed things out at the foul line, making 11 of its
final 12 attempts.
Krauser added 15 points, 11 in the second half, and Aaron Gray
had 13 rebounds. Young also had seven rebounds, two assists and a