PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh opened its new building by holding off a stubborn cross-town rival.
Julius Page scored 17 points as the fourth-ranked Panthers opened the Petersen Events Center with an 82-67 victory over Duquesne.
Pittsburgh (1-0) played in front of a sellout crowd of 12,508 in its new home, a far cry from cozy Fitzgerald Fieldhouse, where the Panthers could only fit just under 6,800 fans.
The Panthers, who return nine of the top 10 scorers from last season's 29-win squad, built a 33-29 halftime lead. Donatas Zavackas capped a second-half run with a layup for a 54-39 lead.
Pitt has beaten Duquesne (0-1) in 21 of the last 24 meetings and extended its non-conference home winning streak to 18 games.
Page netted eight points in a 16-7 run to open the first half as the Panthers eased out to a 49-36 edge. Zavackas' layup made it 54-39 with just over 13 minutes left.
The Dukes did not go away, running off 10 straight points, including a fast-break layup with 11:12 remaining that trimmed the deficit to 54-49. Duquesne was within 65-58 after Brad Midgley nailed a 3-pointer with 4:37 left.
Page and Carl Krauser had baskets to trigger an 11-0 run that put away the game for Pitt. Krauser scored six of his 11 points during the spurt.
The Panthers won despite a sub-par outing from Brandin Knight, the preseason Big East Conference Player of the Year. He had 13 points and six assists and made 6-of-14 shots but was just 1-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Midgley made 5-of-6 shots off the bench for 13 points and Jimmy Tricco, a transfer from Gonzaga, also scored 13 in his debut for Duquesne. Center Ron Dokes made only 3-of-14 shots as the Dukes were pounded on the glass, 51-35.