NEW YORK (AP) -- Carl Krauser and his New York teammates won
another "home" game.
Krauser, one of seven New York City area players on Pittsburgh's roster, scored all but two of his 17 points at the
free throw line in a 70-51 victory over Memphis on Tuesday night in
the Jimmy V Classic.
The Panthers (6-0), who have held all their opponents this
season to less than 60 points, improved their record at Madison
Square Garden since 2002 to 12-3.
"I am overwhelmed every time I step on that court," said
Krauser, who is from the Bronx. "This is the court all the greats
have played on and I get to play on it in front of my family and
friends. I am lucky to play in the Big East. The Garden is very
Pittsburgh (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) coach Jamie Dixon knows how important the junior is
to the Panthers.
"He's not a senior but he does provide senior leadership and
that carries over to our guys," Dixon said.
Chris Taft -- another New York native -- had 13 points and 10
rebounds for Pittsburgh, which opened the game with a 12-2 run and
had its first 20-point lead at 30-10 with 9:04 left in the first
Memphis (5-3) shot just 29 percent (9-for-31), including 1-for-9
from 3-point range, as the Panthers took a 41-23 halftime lead.
who entered the game averaging 19.6 and 17.3 points, respectively,
each went 3-for-11 from the field and had seven points in the
Banks finished with 18 points on 7-for-19 shooting and Carney
had 11 points and was 4-for-18.
"We are just not a good offensive team right now," Memphis
coach John Calipari said, adding that the Tigers' other two losses
were to ranked teams, Syracuse and Maryland. "Those teams exposed
our weaknesses. We're trying to start two freshmen. We're not
together as a team. We're a team in flux trying to get our
Krauser struggled from the field (1-for-9) but he went 15-for-18
from the line and had six assists and seven rebounds. His free
throws with 9:30 left gave Pittsburgh its biggest lead of the game,
"I just saw my numbers at the line," Krauser said, shaking his
head. "I hate missing free throws so I'll spend another hour after
practice shooting them. I have to because I'm the point guard and I
always have the ball in my hands."
and Mark McCarroll each had 10.
The Panthers finished with a 51-35 advantage on the boards and
they were 25-for-42 from the free throw line, while Memphis went
"We concentrate on rebounding and transition defense and then
we emphasized rebounding this week," Dixon said.
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