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Pitt stops Miami in double OT

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Published January 11, 2004

CORAL GABLES - Trailing by two with 3.9 seconds left in regulation, Pittsburgh needed to go the length of the floor and score to avert its first loss. It gave the ball to Carl Krauser, who did the rest.

Krauser dribbled past three defenders for a buzzer-beating layup that tied it, and the No.15 Panthers went on to beat Miami 84-80 in double overtime Saturday.

Pitt (16-0, 2-0 Big East) survived its first road game in nearly two months to extend the nation's longest winning streak.

The Hurricanes (10-5, 0-1) lost despite two clutch baskets by Guillermo Diaz, including one with four seconds left in regulation to put his team ahead 64-62.

Following a timeout, Krauser caught the inbounds pass deep in the backcourt and decided he was going all the way. He looked at the clock at midcourt, and it showed 2.3 seconds. He looked again when he reached the 3-point line, and it showed 1.9.

"The object was to get it to the rim and try to get fouled or make the layup," he said.

So Krauser kept going. He dribbled around one defender and between two others before sinking his shot as time expired.

"Nobody really came over to cut him off," Miami coach Perry Clark said. "But you've got to give him a lot of credit. He kept his poise."

Krauser, the Panthers' leading scorer, had missed the past four games with a groin injury. The Hurricanes held him scoreless during the first 19:58, but he finished with 19 points and kept Pitt in it in the second half, when it trailed by as many as six.

Krauser also made a steal and two free throws in the final minute of the second overtime to help seal the win. The Panthers are off to their best start since finishing 21-0 in 1927-28.

Chris Taft had 17 points and nine rebounds for Pitt. Darius Rice led the Hurricanes with 22 points and nine rebounds.

"We're upset," Rice said. "We had the No.15 team on the ropes, and we let it slip away."

Rice's dunk on a fastbreak put Miami ahead 68-66 in the first overtime. Krauser's jumper tied it, and Javon Brown hit a 6-footer with 33 seconds left to give the Panthers the lead.

But after Pitt's Mark McCarroll missed the second of two free throws, Diaz's 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left forced a second overtime at 71-all.

Taft's layup put Pitt ahead to stay 79-77 with 1:52 to go.

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