Carl Krauser is turning what traditionally is Pittsburgh's most glaring weakness into one of its greatest strengths. Krauser's outside shooting and career-high 31 points helped...

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PITTSBURGH — Carl Krauser is turning what traditionally is Pittsburgh’s most glaring weakness into one of its greatest strengths.


Krauser’s outside shooting and career-high 31 points helped the 10th-ranked Panthers hold off Richmond 69-60 last night, the first game between the schools in 66 years.


With shooting guard Antonio Graves out with a sprained ankle, Krauser — Pitt’s point guard — was more aggressive in looking for the outside shot and scored 18 points in the second half.


“You realize as a point guard that sometimes you’ve got to take over a game, and that’s what I intended to do,” Krauser said.


Chris Taft added 11 points and freshman Ronald Ramon, who started for Graves, had 10 to help the Panthers start 9-0 for the third consecutive season.


Pitt has yet to play a Top 25 opponent and isn’t scheduled to meet one until facing No. 11 Connecticut on Jan. 22. The Panthers are 42-1 at home since the Petersen Events Center opened two years ago and have won 24 consecutive nonconference games.


Krauser became the first Pitt player to score more than 30 points at the Petersen Center and matched the arena record of 31 by Notre Dame’s Matt Carroll in January 2003.


Krauser scored 12 points during a 17-6 run that boosted Pitt’s lead to 56-44 with 9:24 to go.


Richmond (4-4), trying for its fourth road upset of a Top 25 team in three seasons, closed to 62-58 with 3 minutes remaining.


But Krauser made four free throws and Ramon added two down the stretch to hold off the Spiders.




Other men’s games




No. 20 George Washington 81, at Florida International 71


T.J. Thompson hit six three-pointers and scored 25 points to lead the Colonials to their eighth straight victory. George Washington (8-1) used a 10-1 run early in the second half to take a 44-35 lead. Ivan Almonte had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Golden Panthers (5-5), 0-13 all-time against ranked teams.




At No. 24 Maryland 82, American 61


John Gilchrist scored 20 points and fueled a 16-0 second-half run that gave the Terrapins a 66-48 lead. Nik Caner-Medley had 16 points for Maryland (7-2). Jason Thomas scored 14 points for the Eagles (5-3), whose five-game winning streak ended.




At No. 25 Virginia 79, Loyola Marymount 77 (OT)


J.R. Reynolds’ driving layup with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Cavaliers the win in their first game since breaking for exams Dec. 8. Elton Brown scored 25 points for Virginia (8-1), while Sean Singletary added 12, including a key three-pointer in overtime. Matthew Knight had 27 points for the Lions (7-3), who led 65-60 with 3:14 left in regulation.




Women’s games




No. 8 Connecticut 63, at Colorado St. 44


Ann Strother scored a game-high 20 points to help the Huskies (5-2) avoid their first losing streak in 12 seasons. Vanessa Espinoza and Melissa Dennett led the Rams (6-4) with 11 points each.




At No. 13 Minnesota 74, Drake 57


Kelly Roysland scored 15 points, including 10 straight in a key two-minute span, to lift the Gophers (9-2) over the Bulldogs (5-4).