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Updated: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 11:30 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(22) Pittsburgh 75, Robert Morris 61

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Panthers are getting fat during Thanksgiving week.

For the second time in three days, 22nd-ranked Pittsburgh defeated an in-state rival, parlaying 21 points from Carl Krauser and 19 by Jaron Brown into a 75-61 triumph over Robert Morris.

Pittsburgh (3-0) won its 23rd straight home game on Monday, beating St. Francis for the 27th time in as many meetings. Robert Morris (0-2) put up a better fight, but the Panthers improved to 23-0 all-time against the Colonials.

The good times should continue after the holiday for Pittsburgh, which hosts Albany on Saturday. The easy triumphs have eased the transition for new coach Jamie Dixon, who has the defending Big East champions within three victories of matching the longest home winning streak in school history.

Chaz McCrommon led Robert Morris with 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Colonials actually held a 21-20 lead midway through the first half but Brown buried a 3-pointer with 9:07 to go, igniting an 18-8 burst.

Brown had seven in the run with Krauser and Chevy Troutman chipping in four apiece.

Pittsburgh led 38-29 at the break despite getting to the free-throw line just once.

Robert Morris never got closer than five in the second half as Krauser and Troutman had three points apiece in a 6-0 spurt that pushed the lead to 55-44 with 10:14 to go.

Pittsburgh is 59-0 all-time against teams from the Northeast Conference.


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