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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Pitt Upsets No. 4 Syracuse

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posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 09:59 AM
PITTSBURGH - Carl Krauser scored 19 points -- all in the second half -- and Chevon Troutman added 18 points and nine rebounds, as 20th-ranked Pittsburgh rallied from a 17-point deficit to topple No. 4 Syracuse, 76-69, in Big East action at the Petersen Events Center.

Freshman Keith Benjamin netted 10 points for the Panthers (14-3, 4-2 Big East), who posted their second consecutive win over a ranked team after being down by double digits in the first half. Pittsburgh trailed by 17 before rallying for a 76-66 victory at then-No. 16 Connecticut a week ago.

Gerry McNamara poured in a game-high 26 points and Hakim Warrick scored 25 for the Orange (20-2, 7-1), who saw their 13-game win streak come to an end.

At Champaign, Ill., Roger Powell, Jr. scored 21 points and Deron Williams added 18 to lead top-ranked Illinois to an easy 89-66 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Assembly Hall.

James Augustine contributed 15 with seven rebounds for Illinois (21-0, 7-0 Big Ten), who beat the Golden Gophers for the 12 straight time and improved on its best-ever start to a season.

With former coaches Lou Henson, Harv Schmidt and Gene Bartow watching from courtside, the Illini moved to within four victories of the longest winning streak in school history, achieved over three seasons from 1914-16.

At Charlottesville, Va., Jawad Williams poured in 23 points and Sean May added 20 with nine rebounds, as third-ranked North Carolina rolled to a 110-76 victory over Virginia at University Hall.

Raymond Felton chipped in 16 points and Marvin Williams came off the bench to finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (17-2, 6-1 ACC), who had lost their last five games in Charlottesville.

North Carolina, which built a 36-point halftime edge and led by as many as 50, has won three straight by an average margin of 26.3 points since a January 15 loss at Wake Forest.

At Winston-Salem, N.C., Eric Williams scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half as fifth-ranked Wake Forest drew away for a 94-82 victory over Miami-Florida in an exciting Atlantic Coast Conference affair at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Justin Gray added 20 points and Jamaal Levy contributed 15 for the Demon Deacons (17-3, 5-2 ACC), who outscored the Hurricanes 24-6 over a nine-minute stretch in the second period to rebound from Thursday's heartbreaking overtime defeat at Georgia Tech.

At Fayetteville, Ark., Kelenna Azubuike posted a team-high 13 points and Rajon Rondo added 12, as seventh-ranked Kentucky held off Arkansas, 68-67, at Bud Walton Arena.

The Wildcats (16-2, 7-0 SEC) won their sixth straight game to remain undefeated in conference play. Kentucky has also picked up four straight wins against Arkansas.

At Chestnut Hill, Mass., Craig Smith scored a game-high 20 points as the eighth-ranked Boston College Eagles flew past Georgetown, 64-49, in a Big East contest at Conte Forum.

At Tucson, Ariz., Thomas Kelati nailed a three-pointer with just under a minute remaining to snap a tie and propel Washington State to a 70-63 victory over 11th-ranked Arizona at the McKale Center.

Copyright 2004, The Sports Network




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