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Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 11:58 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(5) Pittsburgh 69, St Francis Pa 46
ST. FRANCIS (PA) RED FLASH
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PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Freshman guard Carl Krauser led a balanced attack with 13 points and fifth-ranked Pittsburgh sailed to a 69-46 victory over St. Francis of Pennsylvania.

Julius Page netted 11 points while Brandin Knight, Jaron Brown and Donatas Zavackas each scored 10 as the Panthers (2-0) improved to 26-0 all-time against their intrastate rivals.

Ahead, 4-3, Pittsburgh pulled away with a 10-0 run that Brown capped with a dunk 6:30 into the game. Pitt steadily widened its margin, taking a 29-11 lead when Toree Morris drained a jumper with 3:45 to go in the half.

Knight, the Preseason Big East Player of the Year, continued his slow shooting start. After hitting 6-of-14 shots in Pitt's season-opening win against Duquesne, the senior guard made just 4-of-10 shots against the Red Flash.

Knight, who handed out nine assists, grabbed nine boards and collecting four steals, is the younger brother of Memphis Grizzlies guard Brevin Knight.

With Brandin Knight's 10 points, the Knight brothers have combined for 2,087 points, pushing them past Bobby and Danny Hurley as the NCAA's all-time top brother scoring tandem.

Erick Wills scored 17 points and freshman Darshan Luckey added 14 for the Red Flash (1-1), who shot only 39.5 percent (17-of-43) from the field.

St. Francis was unable to muster a run in the second half. After Guy Saragba's layup cut the deficit to 33-19, the Panthers reeled off the next 12 points. Zabackas' bucket capped the burst 4:20 into the half.

The Red Flash never got closer than 18 thereafter.

Pitt improved to 52-0 against Northeast Conference teams and 19-1 in its last 20 games against non-conference foes.

The Panthers didn't shoot well in the first half, hitting at a 42 percent (13-of-31) clip from the field, but forced 11 turnovers and held St. Francis to 7-of-21 (33 percent) from the floor.

Pitt found its offense in the second half, hitting 54 percent (14-of-26) of its shots.

The Red Flash hit 33 percent (10-of-31) from the field and had 19 giveaway, eight by Luckey.


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