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Wilson-Frame's 20 helps Pitt rout Central Arkansas

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jared Wilson-Frame doesn't seem to be bothered by not being in the starting lineup.

The Pittsburgh senior came off the bench for 20 points on Thursday, lifting the Panthers to a 97-71 victory over Central Arkansas.

Wilson-Frame has passed the 20-point barrier in each of his three games this season. As usual, he did most of his damage from beyond the arc, shooting 4 of 8 from 3-point range. He's shooting 55.6 percent from long range on the season.

He didn't waste much time getting involved, first coming off the bench as the Bears jumped out to a 17-8 lead, but Wilson-Frame immediately fought back with a 3-pointer that sparked a 16-2 Pitt run, after which the Panthers never trailed.

''I'm just comfortable,'' Wilson-Frame said of his bench role. ''I'm going to keep using that word, because it's just fun to play basketball this way and it's fun to play basketball with these guys - guys you love.''

''He's a guy that can put up points, but more importantly, he's a guy that can create plays,'' Pitt coach Jeff Capel said. ''We want Jared to be aggressive when he has open looks.''

Freshman wing Au'Diese Toney set a career high with 15 points. Fellow freshmen Xavier Johnson (12) and Trey McGowens (11) also finished in double digits. Malik Ellison had 13 points.

Thatch Unruh led the way for the Bears with 15 points, all of which came in the first half.

BIG PICTURE

Central Arkansas: The Bears will get a couple more shots against major conference opponents after a 13-point loss to Missouri and Thursday's loss to the Panthers. The Bears visit Louisville on Dec. 5, Indiana on Dec. 19 and Oklahoma State on Dec. 21.

''I don't mind getting slugged in the mouth a little bit,'' Bears coach Russ Pennell said. ''We play in the Southland Conference. You get one bid. . We've got to be ready and be men by the tournament in March. That's what we gear everything toward. That's why we play Pitt.''

Pitt: Wilson-Frame continues to be the Panthers' most prolific scorer in his sixth-man role. His 20 points actually decreased his season average to 21.3, but that's still 7.0 more than second-leading scorer Johnson.

PHYSICAL BATTLE

The teams combined for 42 personal fouls, with many of them sending a player sprawling to the floor. Johnson was whistled for a technical in the first half.

The Panthers did a better job taking advantage, getting to the free-throw line for 35 attempts and hitting 26 of them. Central Arkansas made just nine of its 13 from the stripe.

''That's part of the game,'' said Toney, who was 6 of 7 from the line. ''If you attack, they're going to call fouls.''

MISSING MAN

Johnson played just 17 minutes, a season low, after his technical and second personal foul earned him a seat on Pitt's bench.

Capel credited Ellison and Sidy N'Dir for steadying things at the point and Johnson for responding with a stellar second half.

''That's sitting for a while, for over a half hour,'' Capel said. ''I thought he did a really good job of keeping himself in the game.''

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

Unruh had 12 as Central Arkansas built an early lead, but was largely neutralized after that thanks to Pitt's defensive adjustment.

''I thought they really sat on him and turned him into a driver,'' Pennell said. ''He's a catch and shoot guy. . I thought their athleticism kind of engulfed him in the second half.''

UP NEXT

Central Arkansas: Visits Troy on Sunday. The Bears' first five games against Division I opponents this season will come on the road.

Pitt: Finishes its five-game, season-opening home stand against North Alabama on Saturday.

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Key Players
M. Mondesir
20 G
X. Johnson
30.7 Min. Per Game 30.7
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
8.3 Ast. Per Game 8.3
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
80.0 Field Goal % 47.5
50.0 Three Point % 40.0
Free Throw % 86.7
  Bad pass turnover on Khaleem Bennett, stolen by Sidy N'Dir 5.0
+ 1 Sidy N'Dir made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 1 Sidy N'Dir made 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Jared Chatham 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Sidy N'Dir 12.0
  Hayden Koval missed layup 14.0
  Offensive rebound by Hayden Koval 20.0
  Jordan Grant missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
  Defensive rebound by Jared Chatham 38.0
  Khameron Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Jared Chatham 40.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jordan Grant, stolen by Khameron Davis 50.0
Team Stats
Points 71 97
Field Goals 26-56 (46.4%) 32-65 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 10-21 (47.6%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 9-13 (69.2%) 26-35 (74.3%)
Total Rebounds 32 38
Offensive 5 13
Defensive 23 24
Team 4 1
Assists 13 13
Steals 5 7
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 23 10
Fouls 27 15
Technicals 0 1
15 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Cent. Arkansas 2-2 373471
home team logo Pittsburgh 4-0 484997
Team Stats
away team logo Cent. Arkansas 2-2 72.2 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo Pittsburgh 4-0 69.9 PPG 40.2 RPG 11.7 APG
Key Players
25
T. Unruh G 13.0 PPG 3.7 RPG 2.1 APG 43.8 FG%
4
J. Wilson-Frame G 12.7 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.4 APG 40.9 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Unruh G 15 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
J. Wilson-Frame G 20 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
46.4 FG% 49.2
47.6 3PT FG% 36.8
69.2 FT% 74.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Unruh 15 4 1 5/9 3/7 2/2 2 30 0 0 4 0 4
H. Koval 10 7 2 3/5 3/3 1/2 4 28 0 3 3 2 5
K. Bennett 10 3 0 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 25 2 1 3 1 2
S. Shittu 4 1 0 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 13 0 0 1 0 1
D. Jones 2 2 6 0/4 0/3 2/3 4 24 1 0 7 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Unruh 15 4 1 5/9 3/7 2/2 2 30 0 0 4 0 4
H. Koval 10 7 2 3/5 3/3 1/2 4 28 0 3 3 2 5
K. Bennett 10 3 0 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 25 2 1 3 1 2
S. Shittu 4 1 0 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 13 0 0 1 0 1
D. Jones 2 2 6 0/4 0/3 2/3 4 24 1 0 7 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Chatham 11 4 1 4/6 2/2 1/2 3 13 0 1 0 1 3
E. Kayouloud 9 2 2 4/6 0/0 1/2 2 20 1 0 2 0 2
M. Mondesir 5 1 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 4 21 0 0 2 0 1
J. Grant 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
T. Schmit 2 3 1 0/5 0/2 2/2 2 19 1 0 0 0 3
A. Weidenaar 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 1 0 0 1
D. Parnell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Vanover - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 28 13 26/56 10/21 9/13 27 200 5 6 23 5 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Toney 15 6 0 4/7 1/2 6/7 0 29 1 0 0 3 3
M. Ellison 13 4 4 5/11 0/0 3/6 2 28 0 1 2 1 3
X. Johnson 12 4 3 4/7 1/3 3/3 3 17 1 0 2 0 4
T. McGowens 11 2 2 4/9 0/1 3/4 1 24 2 0 1 0 2
K. Chukwuka 4 4 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 2 17 0 0 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Toney 15 6 0 4/7 1/2 6/7 0 29 1 0 0 3 3
M. Ellison 13 4 4 5/11 0/0 3/6 2 28 0 1 2 1 3
X. Johnson 12 4 3 4/7 1/3 3/3 3 17 1 0 2 0 4
T. McGowens 11 2 2 4/9 0/1 3/4 1 24 2 0 1 0 2
K. Chukwuka 4 4 0 2/5 0/2 0/0 2 17 0 0 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wilson-Frame 20 2 3 8/13 4/8 0/0 1 26 0 0 0 1 1
S. N'Dir 9 4 1 2/5 0/1 5/7 2 20 2 0 2 2 2
T. Brown 8 8 0 2/3 0/0 4/6 3 19 0 4 1 4 4
S. Stevenson 3 2 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 2
K. Davis 2 1 0 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 9 1 0 1 0 1
P. Ilegomah 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
A. Starzynski 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
S. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mascaro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aiken Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 37 13 32/65 7/19 26/35 15 200 7 5 10 13 24