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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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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Amari Haynes made jump shot 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Amari Haynes 2.0
  Larry Robinson III missed jump shot 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Bol Riek 20.0
  Samson George missed layup 22.0
  Offensive rebound by Samson George 22.0
  Anthony Starzynski missed 3-pt. jump shot 24.0
  Personal foul on Amari Haynes 45.0
  Turnover on Amari Haynes 45.0
  Pittsburgh missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:05
  Turnover on Bol Riek 1:19
Team Stats
Points 57 99
Field Goals 23-52 (44.2%) 34-66 (51.5%)
3-Pointers 3-17 (17.6%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 22-23 (95.7%)
Total Rebounds 21 40
Offensive 6 18
Defensive 12 22
Team 3 0
Assists 14 18
Steals 11 10
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 21 14
Fouls 22 14
Technicals 1 0
11 PTS, 1 REB
24 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo New Orleans 5-5 263157
home team logo Pittsburgh 9-3 524799
Team Stats
away team logo New Orleans 5-5 72.2 PPG 39.6 RPG 15.1 APG
home team logo Pittsburgh 9-3 69.9 PPG 40.2 RPG 11.7 APG
Key Players
4
B. Robinson G 11.5 PPG 2.6 RPG 2.6 APG 40.7 FG%
2
T. McGowens G 11.6 PPG 3.2 RPG 1.7 APG 41.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Robinson G 11 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
T. McGowens G 24 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
44.2 FG% 51.5
17.6 3PT FG% 37.5
72.7 FT% 95.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Rosser 10 3 2 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 21 3 0 3 1 2
G. Gates 10 4 1 4/5 0/0 2/3 0 23 0 0 3 1 3
E. Charles 9 4 1 4/7 1/3 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 0 4
S. Plaisance Jr. 8 1 1 4/8 0/1 0/0 4 20 1 1 1 1 0
L. Berzat 3 1 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 2 27 4 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Rosser 10 3 2 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 21 3 0 3 1 2
G. Gates 10 4 1 4/5 0/0 2/3 0 23 0 0 3 1 3
E. Charles 9 4 1 4/7 1/3 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 0 4
S. Plaisance Jr. 8 1 1 4/8 0/1 0/0 4 20 1 1 1 1 0
L. Berzat 3 1 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 2 27 4 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Robinson 11 1 0 5/9 1/3 0/0 2 18 0 0 1 1 0
A. Haynes 6 2 2 1/2 0/0 4/6 2 16 1 1 1 1 1
J. Rosa 0 0 2 0/4 0/4 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 0 0
C. Bohannon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0
T. Green 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 7 0 0 1 0 0
B. Riek 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1
J. Myers 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 13 1 1 2 0 0
L. Robinson III 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 8 1 0 1 1 0
T. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 18 14 23/52 3/17 8/11 22 200 11 3 21 6 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. McGowens 24 3 4 9/12 1/3 5/5 2 29 2 0 0 2 1
X. Johnson 21 1 6 5/9 3/5 8/9 1 27 1 0 4 0 1
A. Toney 20 8 0 5/10 2/5 8/8 0 32 1 0 1 3 5
J. Wilson-Frame 7 6 1 3/7 1/3 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 1 5
K. Chukwuka 4 6 0 2/7 0/2 0/0 2 18 1 2 1 5 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. McGowens 24 3 4 9/12 1/3 5/5 2 29 2 0 0 2 1
X. Johnson 21 1 6 5/9 3/5 8/9 1 27 1 0 4 0 1
A. Toney 20 8 0 5/10 2/5 8/8 0 32 1 0 1 3 5
J. Wilson-Frame 7 6 1 3/7 1/3 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 1 5
K. Chukwuka 4 6 0 2/7 0/2 0/0 2 18 1 2 1 5 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Ellison 9 4 4 4/5 0/0 1/1 4 16 2 0 4 2 2
K. Davis 7 6 1 3/6 1/3 0/0 2 15 2 0 2 1 5
T. Brown 4 5 0 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 17 0 1 0 3 2
A. Starzynski 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
S. George 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 1 0
J. Mascaro 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
O. Ezeakudo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. N'Dir - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Ilegomah - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Stevenson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aiken Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 99 40 18 34/66 9/24 22/23 14 197 10 3 14 18 22