Krauser, Young lead Pitt past UW

Badgers head into Big Ten play 10-2

Senior guard Carl Krauser and freshman forward Sam Young combined for 38 points to lead Pittsburgh to a 73-64 win over the visiting University of Wisconsin basketball team Saturday night.

"This was a very good team effort," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "We had 10 guys who stepped up and made big plays for us. Wisconsin is a good program, one of the best in the country year-in and year-out. This is a terrific win not only for our team this year but also for our program."

The No. 24 Badgers fell to 10-2 heading into the start of Big Ten play Thursday, when they host Iowa.

Pittsburgh remained undefeated (11-0) behind terrific shooting (55 percent from the floor) and a strong performance from the team's bench, which out-scored UW's reserves 35-16.

"I like how our guys kept fighting back, but it wasn't enough," UW coach Bo Ryan said. "The reason it wasn't enough in a nutshell is because their bench, the guys that filled in for the big men in foul trouble, they played just as well if not better."

Ryan was referring to Pitt starters center Aaron Gray and forward Levon Kendall, who were limited to 11 points and a combined 33 minutes due to foul trouble.

That proved not to be a problem for the Panthers. Young made 7 of 11 field goal attempts for 16 points off the bench and fellow freshman Tyrell Biggs chipped in eight points on 4 of 5 shooting. Another freshman reserve, point guard Levance Fields, scored nine points on 2 of 3 shooting. Fields missed three of his first four free-throw attempts, but made 3 of 4 in the final 43 seconds of the game to help seal the Panthers' win.

Wisconsin junior forward Alando Tucker led all scorers with 25 points and did much of his damage from the charity stripe (9 of 12), but no other Badger reached double figures. UW did get nine points and five assists from sophomore forward Brian Butch.

Wisconsin trailed by 12 early in the second half, but closed to within 63-57 on Butch's layup with 4:17 left. After Pittsburgh answered, Tucker twice closed the lead back to within six and junior Jason Chappell tipped in a Tucker miss with 1:48 left to make it 67-63 Pitt. Chappell also drew a foul on the play, but missed the ensuing free throw. The Panthers rattled of the next five points to thwart Wisconsin's comeback effort.

Krauser led Pittsburgh with 22 points and chipped in four assists. He did turn it over six times, and Young coughed up the ball four times. But Pittsburgh's strong shooting, and the play of point guards Ronald Ramon and Fields, more than made up for that lapse.

Ramon had six assists, Fields had three, and neither player committed a turnover. Perhaps more importantly, the duo clamped down on Wisconsin's second-leading scorer, point guard Kammron Taylor. The junior made just 2 of 9 shots for five points and turned it over four times with just one assist.

"I thought the key to the game (was) the two point guards," Dixon said. "Levance and Ronald had nine assists and zero turnovers, and also managed to keep Kammron Taylor in-check defensively."

UW held a 10-5 lead with 15:19 left in the first half, but the Panthers went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:50 to take an 18-10 lead. Fields capped the rally with a three-pointer 10:29 before halftime. Pittsburgh never gave up the lead from there, though the Badgers closed to within three with 4:58 left in the first half. Pittsburgh took a 35-28 lead into halftime.

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