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Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2002 12:27 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(3) Pittsburgh 89, Se Louisiana 55
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PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Julius Page scored 17 points and Chevon Troutman added 14 as third-ranked Pittsburgh increased its non-conference home winning streak to 22 games, posting an 89-55 rout of Southeastern Louisiana.

Page and Troutman combined to shoot 14-of-19 (74 percent) from the field and the Panthers (6-0) opened a season with six straight wins for just the second time in school history, matching the feat of the 1987-88 team.

"I'm not trying to be the leading scorer," Page said. "I just want to be aggressive and help the team win."

"Julius had a great game," Panthers coach Ben Howland said. "He didn't have any turnovers and made a couple of threes."

Brandin Knight contributed 13 points and nine assists and freshman Carl Krauser chipped in 13 and six as Pittsburgh recorded its 11th straight home win overall, including the first five in the newly built Petersen Events Center.

Knight's nine assists moved him past Darelle Porter (1987-91) into second place on Pittsburgh's all-time assists list with 617. Sean Miller (1987-92) holds the record with 744.

"We are second in the country in assists," Howland said. "That's just a tribute to the unselfish group of players we have on this team."

Amir Abdur-Rahim scored 18 and fellow forward Gary Solomon tallied 14 for the Lions (1-5), who have dropped consecutive games since recording their first win of the season.

"Pitt is one of the most efficient teams I have seen," Lions coach Billy Kennedy said. "I knew we needed a miracle to win this game. Pitt is a team that doesn't make mistakes and, if they do, they recover from them quickly."

The Panthers were red-hot from the floor, shooting 67 percent (18-of-27) in the opening half and taking a commanding 42-26 lead into the locker room.

Pittsburgh shot 64 percent (34-of-53) for the game. That marks the Panthers' best shooting percentage since November 29, 2000, when they shot 65 percent (28-for-43) against St. Francis of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh's Ontario Lett scored 10 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds off the bench. The senior forward registered his fourth career double-double.


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