PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The biggest win in the history of Bucknell basketball came at the expense of previously unbeaten Pittsburgh.
Kevin Bettencourt and Charles Lee each converted two free throws in the final 23 seconds as Bucknell recorded a shocking 69-66 upset of No. 7 Pittsburgh.
Taking advantage of 18 turnovers by the Panthers, the Bison beat the highest-ranked opponent in school history.
"I don't know what to say other than anyone who saw that game just saw a team play their butts off," said Bucknell coach Pat Flannery, whose team has won six in a row.
"Our players shot the ball and were able to battle inside and we knew we could play with them. We just didn't want them to get any spurts or any quick runs," he added. "We felt like we had good players going in and they showed it tonight. That was a good team that beat Pittsburgh."
Bucknell scored 23 points off the miscues and made 14-of-16 free throws, none bigger than those by Bettencourt and Lee.
With the Panthers (10-1) clinging to a 66-65 lead with 39 seconds left, Carl Krauser missed a jumper and Antonio Graves fouled on the rebound. Bettencourt, who scored 13 points, made both free throws.
Graves missed a jumper with 12 seconds left and Chevy Troutman fouled Lee with 2.3 seconds to go. After Lee made both attempts, the Panthers did not get off a last-second shot.
Pittsburgh had won its previous 25 non-conference matchups since a 79-67 loss at Georgia on December 31, 2002. It also had a streak of 48 straight home wins against non-conference teams broken.
The Panthers also lost to the Bison for the first time since January 11, 1975.
"They capitalized off our turnovers and they screened very well where they got their shooters open shots," Krauser said. "They moved around well without the ball. Even when we went on a bit of a momentum swing, they did a good job of taking that away."
Bucknell (9-4) led for most of the first half, taking advantage of 15 turnovers by Pitt. Bettencourt scored eight early points to give the Bison a 17-14 lead with 12:21 remaining, and John Griffin added two 3-pointers to push the margin to 25-16 less than three minutes later.
"Fifteen turnovers in the first half is not good at all," Pittsburgh forward Chris Taft said. "That's embarrassing, if you ask me. I just know that's never going to happen again. All of that is in the past now. I'm a little hurt we lost this game, but it's in the past now. I just have to get ready for Wednesday. To be honest, this was a wake-up call for us."
Despite a 3-pointer in the closing seconds by Pittsburgh's Yuri Demetris, Bucknell held a 42-33 halftime lead. Lee scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and Bettencourt and Chris McNaughton had eight each.
In the second half, the Panthers came back behind long-range shooting as freshman Ronald Ramon hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 51-50 lead with 12:42 remaining. Both teams traded baskets until McNaughton made a hook with 3:53 left for a 62-58 advantage.
Graves and Krauser both hit 3-pointers to give Pittsburgh a 64-62 lead, but Bettencourt made a jumper despite being fouled by Graves. His free throw to gave Bucknell a 65-64 lead with 1:41 remaining. Krauser responded with a jumper.
"We've been playing pretty well and came in on a roll with confidence," Bettencourt said. "We watched some tape and thought we matched up good with them. We've been in it with some teams and have played in front of some crowds. We knew what to expect and we just focused and kept our composure."
McNaughton scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Lee chipped in 14 for Bucknell, which shot 51 percent (24-of-47), including 7-of-18 from the arc.
Krauser scored 20 points and Taft added 19 for Pittsburgh, which made just 9-of-20 free throws. Taft made just 5-of-10 from the line.
"We're young on the perimeter," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "We knew that going in (to the season). We said all along that our defense is not what we wanted it to be. I think our experience along the perimeter is with guys who haven't played a lot of minutes, except for Carl. In our post defense, we have two sophomores. That's some of things we got to get better at. I felt even after our wins that our defense isn't what we needed it to be. Our guys know that and we're going to get better at that."