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Updated: Saturday, December 18, 2004 10:59 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(10) Pittsburgh 73, Coppin St 42

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Chris Taft and Carl Krauser teamed up to continue Pittsburgh's dominance over non-conference foes.

Taft scored 18 points and Krauser added 17 as No. 10 Pittsburgh won its 45th consecutive non-conference home game with a 73-42 pasting of Coppin State.

The Panthers are 8-0 for the third consecutive year and have won 23 consecutive games against non-conference opponents.

"I'm very happy to be where we are at 8-0. We did some good things tonight, especially adjusting to a very good defense," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "(Coppin) plays a very difficult schedule on the road.

"They are a very patient team when it comes to their offense. I talked to my guys especially about that tonight, that they had to adjust to playing long periods on defense. Once we got adjusted to it through the first half, it set the tone."

Coppin State (2-7) was overwhelmed from the start and never led in the game. Pitt opened things up with a 10-2 spurt and held a 36-16 lead at the break.

"Before the game tonight I talked to my guys about the basics; setting up an offense, making the right moves, rebounding and hustling back on defense because we knew we wouldn't have a chance against a team like Pittsburgh," Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell said. "But, we didn't achieve any of our goals. Pittsburgh pounded the glass and we turned the ball over, giving them the easy basket. You can't win that way."

Taft added 11 rebounds and three blocks for Pitt, which got scoring from 11 different players and outscored Coppin State 30-8 in the paint.

"I told myself to be more aggressive. It is something I've tried to do all season and that is push myself," Taft said. "When Chevy (Troutman) isn't on top of his game, I have to push myself a little more and get every rebound I can. I have to be real aggressive to get rebounds and get myself to the free-throw line."

Robert Pressey scored 12 points off the bench for the Eagles and Nicholas King added 10.

The Panthers, who held the Eagles to 31 percent (15-for-49) shooting, led by as many as 37 points in the second half.

"Our guys have to learn to be more disciplined, especially when playing against a fast tempo team like Pittsburgh," Mitchell said. "They have a lot to learn when it comes to playing different teams with different styles of play. What we did, didn't work tonight."


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