PITTSBURGH (AP)—Carl Krauser had 27 points to lead Pittsburgh to a more difficult than expected 86-59 win over Robert Morris Wednesday night.
The heavily-favored Panthers—who have never lost to the Colonials in 25 games—led by only one point two minutes into the second half.
But Krauser hit a 3-pointer after a Pitt timeout to put the Panthers ahead, 44-40, and spark an 11-0 run. The Colonials (0-2) were never that close again. Pitt (2-0) scored 45 of the game’s final 64 points.
Krauser had 14 points in a five-minute span in the second half as Pitt took control of the game.
Freshman Sam Young had 14 points off the bench and Ronald Ramon 13 points for the Panthers. Levon Kendall had a game-high nine rebounds.
A.J. Jackson led four Robert Morris players in double-digit scoring with 13. Cori Boston, Tony Lee and Derek Coleman each had 10 points. Coleman added a game-high eight assists.
The Panthers shot 53 percent from the field and held a 36-14 advantage in points in the paint and 14-2 edge in fast-break points. Pitt’s bench accounted for 42 points.
The victory means Pitt is 61-0 all-time against Northeast Conference foes. Only once in the series have the Colonials kept the margin of defeat in single digits.