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Freshmen power Pitt's rout of New Orleans, 99-57

PITTSBURGH (AP) When Jeff Capel took over the Pittsburgh basketball program, the strength of his first recruiting class was a sign that he might be able to get the Panthers back on the right track.

Guards Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and AuDiese Toney have been an integral part of Pitt's 9-3 start to the season 9-3, and they still seem to have untapped potential.

Thursday night they gave a sneak peek at what the future may hold, as the three combined for a school-record 65 points in a 99-57 drubbing of New Orleans.

McGowens set a career high with 24 points, Johnson had 21 points and Toney set a career high with 20 points. They also combined for 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

''They've all played well, but they're freshmen,'' Capel said. ''They've been up and down. They've had moments where they looked really good. They've had other moments when they've looked like freshmen. Tonight was a night where they all looked pretty good.''

The Panthers took a 26-point lead into the half and then built upon it in the second period. An 11-0 run just past the halfway point of the second period pushed the Pitt advantage to 38 points.

The Privateers entered the game fourth in the nation in turnovers forced and steals per game, but it was the Panthers that did the pilfering. Pitt forced 22 turnovers and got 32 points off turnovers, compared to just six for New Orleans as the young Panthers thrived off turning defense into offense.

''Defense and confidence,'' Johnson said. ''Our confidence is high as freshmen. This if our first time playing together. We're getting better and better.''

Guard Bryson Robinson had 11 points to lead New Orleans.

The game was the 300th played at Pitt's Petersen Events Center. The Panthers own 247-53 record in the building, which opened in 2002.

BIG PICTURE

New Orleans: The Privateers have struggled away from home all season and are 0-4 with a minus-95 point differential on the road and are 5-1 with a plus-126 point differential at home. The change in venue has coincided with a change in level of competition. New Orleans has played at Northwestern, Tulsa and UAB while hosting mostly lower-level opponents.

''For us to get this program back to where we were in the 80s and 90s, we have to play a national schedule,'' head coach Mark Slessinger said. ''As a one-bid conference right now, we have to be really, really good in the tournament and prepare ourselves.''

Pitt: Played its first game without Sidy N'Dir, who will miss four to six weeks with a right leg injury. Khameron Davis saw increased playing time in his absence. Davis finished with seven points in 15 minutes.

''His energy, when he got in the game, was contagious,'' Capel said.

ADDING ON

Pitt's 42-point margin of victory was the most for the team in over three years and Pitt's third win of 30 or more points this season. The Panthers didn't have any such wins in the last two seasons.

''That's something we talked about at halftime,'' Capel said. ''We don't want to play the score. We're trying to build these habits. Every minute for us is important.''

UP NEXT

New Orleans: Will play its third and final major-conference opponent of the season at Baylor on Dec. 29.

Pitt: Will wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Colgate on Dec. 29.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by New Orleans  
20:00 +2 Damion Rosser made dunk, assist by Lamont Berzat 2-0
19:08   Jared Wilson-Frame missed jump shot  
19:06   Defensive rebound by Gerrale Gates  
19:01   Gerrale Gates missed layup, blocked by Kene Chukwuka  
18:59   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
18:30   Kene Chukwuka missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:28   Defensive rebound by Damion Rosser  
18:28   Lost ball turnover on Damion Rosser, stolen by Xavier Johnson  
18:26 +2 Trey McGowens made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 2-2
18:18   Lost ball turnover on Damion Rosser, stolen by Au'Diese Toney  
18:18   Personal foul on Damion Rosser  
17:55   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:53   Defensive rebound by Lamont Berzat  
17:46   Turnover on Lamont Berzat  
17:33   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:31   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:30   Au'Diese Toney missed layup  
17:28   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
17:26   Kene Chukwuka missed jump shot  
17:26   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
17:25   Kene Chukwuka missed jump shot  
17:25   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
17:25 +2 Kene Chukwuka made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 2-4
16:53 +2 Gerrale Gates made layup 4-4
16:44   Personal foul on Damion Rosser  
16:44 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 4-5
16:44 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-6
16:32   Turnover on Scott Plaisance Jr.  
16:32   Personal foul on Scott Plaisance Jr.  
16:32   Turnover on Kene Chukwuka  
15:59   Troy Green missed jump shot  
15:57   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
15:44 +3 Xavier Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot 4-9
15:29   Lost ball turnover on Gerrale Gates, stolen by Trey McGowens  
15:08   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:06   Defensive rebound by Gerrale Gates  
14:53   Lost ball turnover on Gerrale Gates, stolen by Kene Chukwuka  
14:50 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 4-11
14:28 +3 Lamont Berzat made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Scott Plaisance Jr. 7-11
14:09   Kene Chukwuka missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:07   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Charles  
13:53   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
13:41   Turnover on Troy Green  
13:20   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:18   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
13:17   Au'Diese Toney missed jump shot  
13:15   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
13:14   Terrell Brown missed jump shot  
13:14   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
13:14 +2 Au'Diese Toney made jump shot 7-13
13:14   Personal foul on Jahmel Myers  
13:14 +1 Au'Diese Toney made free throw 7-14
12:57 +3 Bryson Robinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ezekiel Charles 10-14
12:51   Personal foul on Troy Green  
12:41   Lost ball turnover on Xavier Johnson, stolen by Amari Haynes  
12:27   Amari Haynes missed jump shot  
12:25   Offensive rebound by Bryson Robinson  
12:24   Troy Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:22   Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
12:14 +3 Au'Diese Toney made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malik Ellison 10-17
11:54 +2 Ezekiel Charles made jump shot 12-17
11:41   Personal foul on Troy Green  
11:34   Khameron Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:32   Offensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
11:20 +2 Khameron Davis made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 12-19
11:03   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
10:57   Jorge Rosa missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:55   Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
10:51 +2 Malik Ellison made dunk 12-21
10:33 +2 Scott Plaisance Jr. made jump shot, assist by Jorge Rosa 14-21
10:07   Lost ball turnover on Malik Ellison, stolen by Jahmel Myers  
10:06   Bryson Robinson missed layup  
10:04   Defensive rebound by Khameron Davis  
9:56 +2 Malik Ellison made layup 14-23
9:56   Personal foul on Scott Plaisance Jr.  
9:56 +1 Malik Ellison made free throw 14-24
9:45 +2 Ezekiel Charles made layup, assist by Gerrale Gates 16-24
9:22   Personal foul on Bryson Robinson  
9:22 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 16-25
9:22 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-26
9:09   Bryson Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:07   Offensive rebound by Gerrale Gates  
9:05 +2 Gerrale Gates made layup 18-26
8:48   Personal foul on Bryson Robinson  
8:48   Xavier Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:48 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-27
8:38 +2 Bryson Robinson made layup 20-27
8:25 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Trey McGowens 20-29
8:25   Personal foul on Jorge Rosa  
8:25 +1 Au'Diese Toney made free throw 20-30
8:04   Jorge Rosa missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
7:56   Lost ball turnover on Malik Ellison, stolen by Lamont Berzat  
7:56   Turnover on Bryson Robinson  
7:55 +2 Trey McGowens made layup, assist by Malik Ellison 20-32
7:33   Lost ball turnover on Ezekiel Charles, stolen by Malik Ellison  
7:30   Personal foul on Ezekiel Charles  
7:30 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 20-33
7:30 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-34
7:12 +2 Gerrale Gates made layup, assist by Amari Haynes 22-34
6:47 +2 Kene Chukwuka made layup, assist by Trey McGowens 22-36
6:15   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
6:15   Bryson Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:13   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
6:09   Jared Wilson-Frame missed layup  
6:07   Offensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
6:05 +2 Trey McGowens made jump shot 22-38
5:53   Turnover on Gerrale Gates  
5:41 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 22-40
4:53   Lamont Berzat missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:51   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
4:44 +2 Trey McGowens made layup 22-42
4:28   Lost ball turnover on Larry Robinson III, stolen by Trey McGowens  
4:25 +2 Trey McGowens made layup 22-44
3:56   Ezekiel Charles missed jump shot  
3:54   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
3:26   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot  
3:24   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Charles  
3:24   Lamont Berzat missed jump shot  
3:22   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
2:52   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:50   Defensive rebound by New Orleans  
2:23   Lamont Berzat missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:21   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
2:14 +3 Xavier Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jared Wilson-Frame 22-47
1:49   Ezekiel Charles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:47   Offensive rebound by Larry Robinson III  
1:42 +2 Scott Plaisance Jr. made layup, assist by Jahmel Myers 24-47
1:36   Turnover on Au'Diese Toney  
1:26 +2 Scott Plaisance Jr. made dunk, assist by Jahmel Myers 26-47
59.0   Lost ball turnover on Xavier Johnson, stolen by Scott Plaisance Jr.  
43.0   Turnover on Lamont Berzat  
34.0   Personal foul on Jahmel Myers  
34.0 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 1st of 2 free throws 26-48
34.0 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-49
18.0   Larry Robinson III missed layup  
16.0   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
13.0 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup, assist by Malik Ellison 26-51
13.0   Personal foul on Lamont Berzat  
13.0 +1 Xavier Johnson made free throw 26-52
3.0   Larry Robinson III missed 3-pt. jump shot  

Time Team Play Score
19:21   Scott Plaisance Jr. missed jump shot  
19:19   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
19:19   Personal foul on Scott Plaisance Jr.  
19:05   Lost ball turnover on Xavier Johnson, stolen by Damion Rosser  
19:01   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
18:57   Scott Plaisance Jr. missed jump shot  
18:55   Offensive rebound by Scott Plaisance Jr.  
18:50 +2 Gerrale Gates made layup, assist by Damion Rosser 28-52
18:32   Personal foul on Lamont Berzat  
18:32 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 1st of 2 free throws 28-53
18:32 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-54
18:15 +2 Scott Plaisance Jr. made dunk, assist by Damion Rosser 30-54
17:54   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot, blocked by Scott Plaisance Jr.  
17:52   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Charles  
17:39 +2 Damion Rosser made layup, assist by Lamont Berzat 32-54
17:17   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:15   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
17:08   Personal foul on Scott Plaisance Jr.  
17:08 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 1st of 2 free throws 32-55
17:08 +1 Au'Diese Toney made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-56
16:58 +2 Bryson Robinson made layup 34-56
16:45   Kene Chukwuka missed layup, blocked by Jahmel Myers  
16:43   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
16:32   Lost ball turnover on Jared Wilson-Frame, stolen by Lamont Berzat  
16:25   Turnover on Damion Rosser  
16:25   Personal foul on Damion Rosser  
16:07   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:05   Defensive rebound by Gerrale Gates  
15:35   Turnover on New Orleans  
15:15 +2 Malik Ellison made layup 34-58
14:50   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
14:50 +1 Gerrale Gates made 1st of 2 free throws 35-58
14:50 +1 Gerrale Gates made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-58
14:29 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 36-60
14:11   Lost ball turnover on Jahmel Myers, stolen by Malik Ellison  
13:49   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:47   Offensive rebound by Khameron Davis  
13:46   Khameron Davis missed layup  
13:44   Offensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
13:44 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made layup 36-62
13:24   Lost ball turnover on Jorge Rosa, stolen by Khameron Davis  
13:05   Trey McGowens missed jump shot  
13:03   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
13:01   Terrell Brown missed dunk  
13:01   Offensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
13:01 +2 Malik Ellison made layup 36-64
12:50   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
12:50 +1 Amari Haynes made 1st of 2 free throws 37-64
12:50 +1 Amari Haynes made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-64
12:45 +2 Terrell Brown made dunk, assist by Malik Ellison 38-66
12:32   Bryson Robinson missed jump shot  
12:30   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
12:24   Khameron Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:22   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
12:20   Terrell Brown missed dunk  
12:18   Offensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
12:16 +2 Terrell Brown made dunk, assist by Trey McGowens 38-68
11:55 +2 Ezekiel Charles made jump shot 40-68
11:31   Lost ball turnover on Malik Ellison, stolen by Damion Rosser  
11:23   Damion Rosser missed layup  
11:21   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
11:04   Malik Ellison missed jump shot, blocked by Amari Haynes  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Amari Haynes  
10:47   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
10:42   Turnover on Lamont Berzat  
10:42   Personal foul on Damion Rosser  
10:42 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 40-69
10:42 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-70
10:17   Personal foul on Khameron Davis  
10:01 +3 Ezekiel Charles made 3-pt. jump shot 43-70
9:46   Lost ball turnover on Khameron Davis, stolen by Lamont Berzat  
9:45   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
9:45   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on New Orleans  
9:45   Personal foul on Amari Haynes  
9:45 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 43-71
9:45 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-72
9:36   Scott Plaisance Jr. missed layup, blocked by Terrell Brown  
9:34   Offensive rebound by New Orleans  
9:27   Ezekiel Charles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Khameron Davis  
8:59 +3 Khameron Davis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 43-75
8:47   Lamont Berzat missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
8:35 +3 Xavier Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot 43-78
8:20   Scott Plaisance Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
8:10   Lost ball turnover on Xavier Johnson, stolen by Lamont Berzat  
8:05   Lamont Berzat missed layup  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
7:58   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Ezekiel Charles  
7:54   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
7:54   Gerrale Gates missed free throw  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Khameron Davis  
7:33 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot 43-81
7:16   Jahmel Myers missed jump shot, blocked by Kene Chukwuka  
7:14   Offensive rebound by New Orleans  
7:12 +2 Bryson Robinson made layup, assist by Jorge Rosa 45-81
6:46   Turnover on Malik Ellison  
6:46   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
6:29   Jorge Rosa missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:27   Defensive rebound by Khameron Davis  
6:14 +3 Au'Diese Toney made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey McGowens 45-84
5:55   Turnover on Jahmel Myers  
5:55   Personal foul on Jahmel Myers  
5:38   Samson George missed layup  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Damion Rosser  
5:31   Jorge Rosa missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:29   Offensive rebound by Damion Rosser  
5:26 +2 Damion Rosser made layup 47-84
5:11   Lost ball turnover on Khameron Davis, stolen by Damion Rosser  
5:11   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
5:11 +1 Damion Rosser made 1st of 2 free throws 48-84
5:11 +1 Damion Rosser made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-84
4:56 +2 Trey McGowens made jump shot 49-86
4:37 +2 Damion Rosser made layup, assist by Jahmel Myers 51-86
4:19 +2 Trey McGowens made layup 51-88