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Krauser moving up scoring list

| Monday, Dec. 19, 2005

Carl Krauser is on the move.

At the start of the season, the senior guard ranked 23rd all-time on the men's basketball scoring list at Pitt.

It took only eight games for Krauser to advance eight spots to 15th.

"It's really a blessing to move up the ladder on the all-time scoring list at a university such as Pitt," Krauser said.

In unbeaten Pitt's 63-52 victory over Vermont on Saturday, Krauser scored 21 points to increase his career total to 1,289 and move past Chevon Troutman, Sean Miller and Bobby Martin.

Earlier, Krauser had passed John Riser, Bob Lazor, Curtis Aiken, Jerome Lane and Jaron Brown after starting the year at 1,148.

Next up is Jerry McCullough, who finished his college career in 1996 with 1,342 points, and Brandin Knight, whose 1,440 points ranks 13th.

Krauser played behind Knight to start his college career before Knight used up his eligibility in 2003.

With the schedule roughly one-fourth elapsed, Krauser appears to have time to finish among the top 10 scorers at Pitt. He needs 292 points -- an average of 15.4 points per game -- during the Panthers' final 19 regular-season games to tie Vonteego Cummings (1,581) at No. 10.

The 6-foot-2 Krauser would have finished 23rd on the list had he not returned for his senior year. Krauser didn't make the decision until last summer, following a flirtation with the NBA draft.

"It's definitely a blessing to come to a university as special as this one and play in the Big East Conference," Krauser said. "To come out here and move past great players, such as Chevy Troutman and Curtis Aiken, means a lot."

While Krauser maintains he doesn't pay attention to individual statistics and national polls, there is no ignoring his personal accomplishments during a stellar four-year career at Pitt.

He entered the season averaging 12.3 points per game after leading the Panthers in scoring (16.0 ppg) and assists (5.9 apg) as a junior.

This season, with coach Jamie Dixon moving Krauser to shooting guard, Krauser leads Pitt in scoring (17.6 ppg), assists (3.9 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). He also is averaging 4.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 48 percent (49 for 102), including 41.5 (22 for 53) from 3-point range.

He has scored in double figures in all but one game this year and has hit for at least 20 points in the past three games.

Pitt trailed Vermont by a season-high eight points in the first half before Krauser's nine points fueled a 17-0 run to help the Panthers take charge.

Vermont outscored Pitt, 17-10, to start the second half and trailed, 42-36, with 13:22 remaining. But, as it did in the first half, Pitt regrouped and led, 56-38, with 8:14 left on a 3-pointer by Krauser.

"Carl was terrific, sparking us on offense when we really needed the help," Dixon said.

He thrives as Pitt's go-to player in the clutch and his engaging personality makes him a media and fan favorite. Krauser is among only five Pitt players to score 1,000 points and hand out 400 assists during a career.

He scored 51 points in his final high school game. Is it any wonder Krauser is among the all-time leaders at Pitt?

Notes: Pitt hosts Coppin State on Wednesday. The Eagles dropped a 61-42 decision at No. 9 Illinois on Sunday. ... Pitt is seeking its fourth consecutive 9-0 start.

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