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St. Francis (PA) stuns Pitt for first-ever win over Panthers

Ramiir Dixon-Conover scored 21 points and Myles Thompson scored 13 with eight rebounds and St. Francis (PA) shocked Pittsburgh in an 80-70 win Wednesday night.

It's the first time in program history St. Francis has beaten Pitt. The Red Flash entered the game with an 0-29 record against the Panthers.

The Red Flash (1-0) lost their top-two scorers — Isaiah Blackmon and Keith Braxton — from last year's 22-win team. Nine players on the Red Flash didn't appear in a game last season for Saint Francis. Of that group, four are true freshmen, one is a transfer, and four redshirted last year.

St. Francis' Ramiir Dixon-Conover (2) drives past Pittsburgh's Ithiel Horton (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Pittsburgh. St. Francis won 80-70. (AP PhotoKeith Srakocic)

Despite that, Pitt led for just 33 seconds on Wednesday and Thompson's 3-pointer less than two minutes in gave St. Francis a 5-2 lead and it never trailed again.

Dixon-Conover's layup with 10:32 before halftime gave the Red Flash their first double-digit lead at 23-12. St. Francis built a 46-33 halftime lead and shot 17 of 34. Pitt shot 13 of 37 in the first half.

Maxwell Land's 3-pointer with 17:09 left capped a 9-2 St. Francis run for a 55-35 lead. Pitt never got within eight points the rest of the way.

St. Francis's Ramiir Dixon-Conover (2), top, shoots over Pittsburgh's Xavier Johnson (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Pittsburgh. St. Francis won 80-70. (AP PhotoKeith Srakocic)

Au’Diese Toney led the Panthers (0-1) with 20 points.

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Pittsburgh's William Jeffress makes a dunk against St. Francis during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Pittsburgh. St. Francis won 80-70. (AP PhotoKeith Srakocic)

St. Francis' Ramiir Dixon-Conover (2) and Maxwell Land celebrate as they come off the court with a big lead for a timeout during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Pittsburgh. St. Francis won 80-70. (AP PhotoKeith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh's Justin Champagnie, left, tries to pass from the floor as St. Francis' Tyler Stewart (22) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Pittsburgh. St. Francis won 80-70. (AP PhotoKeith Srakocic)