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Xavier Johnson leads Pitt past St. Louis, 75-73

NEW YORK (AP) With a two-point lead and St. Louis able to hold for the final shot, Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel gave his team clear instructions during a timeout with 18 seconds left: If Hasahn French touches the ball, foul St. Louis' poorest free throw shooter.

French - who is 12.5 percent from the free-throw line this season - had a chance to tie the game with 4.9 seconds left and his team down two. But he airballed the first shot of a one-and-one, and Pitt beat St. Louis 75-73 on Wednesday.

''We've worked on game situations, different things, but we hadn't worked on that one exactly,'' Capel said. ''For them to take that out on the court and to execute it perfectly was really good, and then for us to step up and make the free throws was really good.''

It was a back-and-forth game with 15 ties and 12 lead changes before Pitt took the lead for good on Xavier Johnson's layup with 1:19 left. He hit a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left to keep the Panthers undefeated at 6-0. Johnson finished with 20 points after just three points in the first half due to foul trouble.

''It was a very physical game and coach just preached about bringing the toughness to them and throwing the first punch and the last punch,'' Pitt's Malik Ellison said. ''He was preaching 10 rounds and I feel like we won most of those 10 rounds.''

Ellison and Sidy N'Dir both scored 13 points for the Panthers. St. Louis (4-1) was led by French, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Goodwin, who scored 16.

''I won't take anything away from Pitt,'' St. Louis coach Travis Ford said. ''They are a hard fighting team that played with a lot of energy, you can tell they are really energized right now for Jeff, they are playing hard for him, you can tell that. He's putting them in the right spots. This is going to be a surprise team.''

BIG PICTURE

St. Louis: Picked to win the Atlantic 10 Conference in the A-10 coaches and media vote, the Billikens look the part thus far, following up their victory at Big East foe Seton Hall with a down-to-the-wire game against an ACC opponent.

Pitt: The Panthers are undefeated thanks in large part to a soft schedule. But first-year coach Jeff Capel appears to have the Panthers heading in the right direction.

VOTE GETTERS

St. Louis received six votes in the latest AP Top 25. Pitt hasn't received any votes despite its undefeated start due to the caliber of opponents.

FRUSTRATING FOULS

Ford didn't seem pleased with the officiating as he saw several players get into foul trouble, including three starters ending the game with four fouls.

''I'm confused. I'll be honest with you, I'm really confused,'' Ford said. ''I have to figure out what's a foul, what's not a foul, what's a flagrant.''

UP NEXT

St. Louis: Host Central Arkansas on Saturday.

Pitt: At Iowa on Tuesday for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Pittsburgh  
19:53   Malik Ellison missed jump shot  
19:51   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
19:34   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:32   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
19:19   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot  
19:17   Defensive rebound by Hasahn French  
19:09   Lost ball turnover on Hasahn French, stolen by Trey McGowens  
18:58 +2 Trey McGowens made dunk 2-0
18:44 +2 Carte'Are Gordon made jump shot 2-2
18:27   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:25   Defensive rebound by Dion Wiley  
18:15   Hasahn French missed jump shot  
18:13   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:46   Shooting foul on Carte'Are Gordon  
17:46 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 3-2
17:46   Xavier Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:46   Defensive rebound by Hasahn French  
17:04   Offensive foul on Carte'Are Gordon  
17:04   Turnover on Carte'Are Gordon  
16:50   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot, blocked by Hasahn French  
16:48   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
16:27   Lost ball turnover on Malik Ellison, stolen by Javon Bess  
16:27   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
16:27   Javon Bess missed jump shot  
16:27   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
16:27   Au'Diese Toney missed layup  
16:25   Defensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
16:13   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
15:59   Traveling violation turnover on Hasahn French  
15:59 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot 6-2
15:44   Hasahn French missed layup  
15:42   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
15:18   Lost ball turnover on Trey McGowens, stolen by Jordan Goodwin  
15:07 +2 Jordan Goodwin made layup, assist by Dion Wiley 6-4
14:52 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made jump shot 8-4
14:52   Hasahn French missed layup  
14:52   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
14:52   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Hasahn French  
14:52   Defensive rebound by Hasahn French  
14:20 +2 D.J. Foreman made layup, assist by Dion Wiley 8-6
14:11   Kene Chukwuka missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:09   Defensive rebound by D.J. Foreman  
14:02   Javon Bess missed layup  
14:00   Offensive rebound by D.J. Foreman  
13:46 +2 Jordan Goodwin made layup 8-8
13:22   Malik Ellison missed layup  
13:20   Defensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
13:16   Dion Wiley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:14   Offensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
13:13 +2 Jordan Goodwin made layup 8-10
12:59   Lost ball turnover on Jared Wilson-Frame, stolen by Javon Bess  
12:48   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
12:38   Personal foul on Sidy N'Dir  
12:28 +2 Jordan Goodwin made layup, assist by Demarius Jacobs 8-12
12:11   Personal foul on Demarius Jacobs  
12:03   Shooting foul on Javon Bess  
11:58   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 1st of 3 free throws  
11:58 +1 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3rd of 3 free throws 9-12
11:58 +1 Jared Wilson-Frame made 2nd of 3 free throws 10-12
11:58 +1 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3rd of 3 free throws 11-12
11:47 +2 D.J. Foreman made layup 11-14
11:35   Sidy N'Dir missed layup  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
11:26   Offensive foul on Fred Thatch Jr.  
11:26   Turnover on Fred Thatch Jr.  
11:15 +2 Terrell Brown made dunk, assist by Sidy N'Dir 12-14
11:05   D.J. Foreman missed layup  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
10:52   Personal foul on Javon Bess  
10:52   Terrell Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:25   Jumpball received by Saint Louis  
10:52 +1 Terrell Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-14
10:25   Demarius Jacobs missed jump shot  
10:25   Offensive rebound by Carte'Are Gordon  
10:25   Carte'Are Gordon missed layup, blocked by Terrell Brown  
10:25   Offensive rebound by Carte'Are Gordon  
10:12   Carte'Are Gordon missed layup  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
10:12   Lost ball turnover on Trey McGowens, stolen by Demarius Jacobs  
10:12   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
10:01   Carte'Are Gordon missed layup  
10:01   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
10:01   Personal foul on Carte'Are Gordon  
10:01 +1 Terrell Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 14-14
10:01   Terrell Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:01   Defensive rebound by D.J. Foreman  
9:49   Personal foul on Au'Diese Toney  
9:31 +2 Jordan Goodwin made jump shot 14-16
9:17 +2 Sidy N'Dir made layup 16-16
9:02 +2 Hasahn French made jump shot 16-18
8:31   Shooting foul on Hasahn French  
8:31 +1 Malik Ellison made 1st of 2 free throws 17-18
8:31   Malik Ellison missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:31   Defensive rebound by D.J. Foreman  
8:18   Demarius Jacobs missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
8:07   Shooting foul on Hasahn French  
8:05 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 18-18
8:05 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-18
7:56   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Goodwin, stolen by Malik Ellison  
7:47 +2 Malik Ellison made layup 21-18
7:31   Fred Thatch Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:29   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
7:21   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:19   Defensive rebound by Fred Thatch Jr.  
7:02 +2 Jordan Goodwin made jump shot 21-20
7:02   Shooting foul on Kene Chukwuka  
7:02   Jordan Goodwin missed free throw  
7:02   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
6:54 +2 Malik Ellison made layup, assist by Jared Wilson-Frame 23-20
6:30   Dion Wiley missed layup  
6:28   Offensive rebound by Dion Wiley  
6:28   Shooting foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
6:28 +1 D.J. Foreman made 1st of 2 free throws 23-21
6:28   D.J. Foreman missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
5:57   Out of bounds turnover on Xavier Johnson  
5:55   D.J. Foreman missed layup  
5:55   Offensive rebound by Fred Thatch Jr.  
5:55 +2 Fred Thatch Jr. made tip-in 23-23
5:39 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Malik Ellison 25-23
5:33   Shooting foul on Fred Thatch Jr.  
5:33 +1 Au'Diese Toney made free throw 26-23
5:29   Lost ball turnover on D.J. Foreman, stolen by Malik Ellison  
5:15   Personal foul on Jordan Goodwin  
5:11   Terrell Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:02   D.J. Foreman missed jump shot  
5:11 +1 Terrell Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-23
5:02   D.J. Foreman missed jump shot  
5:00   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
4:48   Malik Ellison missed layup  
4:46   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
4:44   Lost ball turnover on Terrell Brown  
4:31 +3 KC Hankton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Foreman 27-26
4:21 +2 Malik Ellison made layup, assist by Sidy N'Dir 29-26
4:08   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
4:08 +1 KC Hankton made 1st of 2 free throws 29-27
4:08 +1 KC Hankton made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-28
4:00   Personal foul on Demarius Jacobs  
4:00 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 30-28
4:00 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-28
3:41   KC Hankton missed jump shot  
3:39   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
3:30   Malik Ellison missed layup  
3:28   Defensive rebound by Demarius Jacobs  
3:22   Out of bounds turnover on Demarius Jacobs  
3:14   Terrell Brown missed layup  
3:12   Defensive rebound by D.J. Foreman  
3:03   Jordan Goodwin missed jump shot, blocked by Au'Diese Toney  
3:01   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
2:54   Personal foul on Jordan Goodwin  
2:54   Au'Diese Toney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:54 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-28
2:45 +2 D.J. Foreman made layup 32-30
2:21   Terrell Brown missed layup  
2:21   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
2:21   Shooting foul on Jordan Goodwin  
2:21 +1 Terrell Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 33-30
2:21   Terrell Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:21   Defensive rebound by Demarius Jacobs  
1:58   Bad pass turnover on Demarius Jacobs, stolen by Xavier Johnson  
1:49 +2 Sidy N'Dir made jump shot, assist by Malik Ellison 35-30
1:34   KC Hankton missed jump shot  
1:32   Offensive rebound by Fred Thatch Jr.  
1:29   Personal foul on Terrell Brown  
1:29 +1 Fred Thatch Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 35-31
1:29   Fred Thatch Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
1:19 +3 Sidy N'Dir made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrell Brown 38-31
58.0   Ingvi Gudmundsson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
56.0   Defensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
41.0   Malik Ellison missed layup  
39.0   Defensive rebound by Fred Thatch Jr.  
15.0 +2 D.J. Foreman made layup 38-33
1.0   Sidy N'Dir missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1.0   Offensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
0.0   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Trey McGowens  
20:00   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Trey McGowens  
20:00   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Demarius Jacobs  
20:00   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Trey McGowens  
20:00   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Demarius Jacobs  

Time Team Play Score
19:16   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Carte'Are Gordon  
19:35 +2 Javon Bess made layup, assist by Carte'Are Gordon 38-35
19:16   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Carte'Are Gordon  
19:14   Defensive rebound by Hasahn French  
18:57   Jordan Goodwin missed layup, blocked by Kene Chukwuka  
18:55   Offensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
18:53 +2 Jordan Goodwin made layup 38-37
18:35 +2 Malik Ellison made layup 40-37
18:11   Carte'Are Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:09   Offensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
18:07   Jordan Goodwin missed layup  
18:06   Offensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
17:56 +3 Tramaine Isabell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Goodwin 40-40
17:45   Malik Ellison missed jump shot  
17:43   Defensive rebound by Hasahn French  
17:35   Hasahn French missed layup, blocked by Au'Diese Toney  
17:33   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
17:20   Shooting foul on Javon Bess  
17:20 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 41-40
17:20 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-40
17:06 +2 Hasahn French made layup 42-42
16:58 +3 Xavier Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot 45-42
16:41 +2 Carte'Are Gordon made layup, assist by Jordan Goodwin 45-44
16:35   Lost ball turnover on Jared Wilson-Frame, stolen by Tramaine Isabell  
16:21   Tramaine Isabell missed jump shot  
16:21   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
16:21   Personal foul on Hasahn French  
16:21   Shooting foul on Carte'Are Gordon  
16:21 +1 Malik Ellison made 1st of 2 free throws 46-44
16:21 +1 Malik Ellison made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-44
15:59   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
15:57   Hasahn French missed layup  
15:55   Offensive rebound by Tramaine Isabell  
15:54   Tramaine Isabell missed tip-in  
15:53   Offensive rebound by Javon Bess  
15:53   Shooting foul on Malik Ellison  
15:53 +1 Javon Bess made 1st of 2 free throws 47-45
15:53 +1 Javon Bess made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-46
15:39   Lost ball turnover on Terrell Brown, stolen by Jordan Goodwin  
15:27 +2 Jordan Goodwin made jump shot 47-48
15:08 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup 49-48
14:48   Tramaine Isabell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:46   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
14:35 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 51-48
14:25 +2 Hasahn French made layup, assist by Tramaine Isabell 51-50
14:17   Shooting foul on Terrell Brown  
14:17 +1 Hasahn French made free throw 51-51
14:04   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:02   Defensive rebound by D.J. Foreman  
13:54   Tramaine Isabell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:52   Offensive rebound by Hasahn French  
13:45 +2 Hasahn French made dunk 51-53
13:37 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 53-53
13:13   D.J. Foreman missed jump shot  
13:11   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
12:48   Xavier Johnson missed layup, blocked by Hasahn French  
12:46   Defensive rebound by Hasahn French  
12:35   D.J. Foreman missed layup  
12:33   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
12:19 +2 Au'Diese Toney made dunk, assist by Malik Ellison 55-53
11:58   Tramaine Isabell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:56   Offensive rebound by Jordan Goodwin  
11:49 +3 Javon Bess made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Goodwin 55-56
11:22 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 57-56
11:11   Offensive foul on Javon Bess  
11:11   Turnover on Javon Bess