PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- No. 5 Pittsburgh tries to put together a better performance on Wednesday night than it did in its opener when it hosts St. Francis of Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh (1-0) has won all 25 meetings against St. Francis, including a 77-55 rout last season. Brandin Knight had 16 points and six rebounds.
Pittsburgh christened its new Peterson Events Center with an 82-67 victory over city rival Duquesne on Saturday. Julius Pages scored 17 points and Knight had 13 points and six assists.
Knight, the Preseason Big East Player of the Year, made just 6-of-14 shots and Page was just 5-of-9 at the line. Pittsburgh admitted afterward that it was overly excited due to the hype over the new building and the desire to justify its high ranking.
Freshman Carl Krauser collected 11 points and nine rebounds in his debut for Pittsburgh. Knight and Chevy Troutman each had seven rebounds as the Panthers held a 45-27 edge on the glass.
The Red Flash (0-1) opened their season with a 70-68 victory over Howard last Friday. Freshman Darshan Luckey scored 27 points and Erick Wills added 18.