COLLEGE BASKETBALL Pitt overcomes Hoyas for 25th
Carl Krauser led a 19-0 run to lead the Panthers' comeback for a 68-58 win.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Georgetown's first-half defense was good. Pittsburgh's second-half defense was better.
The third-ranked Panthers shut out the Hoyas for nearly eight minutes in a 19-0 run Tuesday night, overcoming a 10-point second-half deficit for a 68-58 victory.
"We took a great effort from Georgetown -- and responded with what we needed to do," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said.
Carl Krauser scored 19 of his career-high 26 points in the second half, including the first nine in the decisive run as Pittsburgh (25-2, 11-2 Big East) got its Division I-leading 25th win. Eighteen of the Panthers' 27 opponents have scored fewer than 60 points.
The Panthers trailed 39-31 with 12:50 to play and seemed to have no solution for Georgetown's mix of man and zone, but the Krauser-led run gave Pittsburgh its first lead. Even Krauser's airball from the baseline was tipped in by Chevon Troutman to put the Panthers ahead.
"I just felt we were down, and I needed to get some points," said Krauser, who also had nine rebounds and nine turnovers. "I was just trying to go out there and make plays. We were just trying to change the momentum."
Fifth loss in row
Gerald Riley scored 25 points to lead Georgetown (13-11, 4-9), which lost its fifth straight and stayed on pace to hold the last seed in the Big East tournament.
The Hoyas, who have struggled from the field in recent games, forced 23 turnovers but didn't have the scoring to put Pittsburgh away early in the second half.
The Hoyas were outrebounded 40-20 for the game and didn't get a single point from their bench. Twenty of their 23 fouls were committed in the second half.
"I thought we got tired," coach Craig Esherick said. "And when we got tired, I thought our shot selection starting getting tired. And I thought because we got tired, we stopped rebounding the way we had in the first part of the game. I thought we played well. I think defensively we caused them a lot of problems.
"I'm not saying it's a moral victory, but I can't say we played poorly. We played well."
The Panthers turned the ball over 14 times in the first half -- more than their season average of 12.7 a game -- including seven of their last 10 possessions over the final six minutes. They scored a season-low 20 points in the half and trailed at one point by 13, matching their biggest deficit of the season.
"I think sometimes with our record, everybody expects the perfect game," Dixon said. "The good teams are the ones that respond and adjust to things throughout the game."