PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jaron Brown scored 13 points as second-ranked Pittsburgh extended its home winning streak to 13 games with a 65-41 victory over George Mason.
Chevon Troutman added nine points and Brandin Knight had seven and a season-high 10 assists for the Panthers, who are off to their first 9-0 start since they won their first nine games of the 1987-88 season.
Pittsburgh also has won 24 consecutive regular season non-conference home games dating to a 64-60 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on December 23, 1999.
Coach Ben Howland notched his 70th victory with the Panthers and moved within one of 150 career wins.
"It was a good win," Howland said. "We played outstanding defense."
Mark Davis led George Mason (5-4) with 15 points. Jesse Young chipped in with nine as the Patriots had their five-game winning streak stopped.
"Pittsburgh is an outstanding team," George Mason coach Jim Larranaga said. "They deserve the ranking they currently have. I am disappointed in the way we played."
Larranaga's son, Jon, who averages a 11.9 points, was limited to three points on 1-of-13 shooting.
"Our defense was great," Howland said. "Jaron Brown held Jon Larranaga to three points. This makes two consecutive games where the other team's best player only had three points."
The Panthers jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first eight minutes. George Mason cut its deficit to 21-16 with 4:53 of the first half, but Pittsburgh went on a 15-4 run to take a 16-point lead into intermission.
The Patriots shot just 24 percent (8-of-33) in the first half, while the Panthers hit on 52 percent of their shots (13-of-25).
"I think some teams break down when we don't let them take good shots," Knight said. "It makes them nervous and they just start to take shots so that they score. Our goal was to hold them under 50 points and that's what we did."
Pittsburgh never led by less than 11 points in the second half. Its advantage reached 20 points when it used a 14-5 spurt to go ahead, 56-36, with 7:39 remaining.
Julius Page added eight points and nine rebounds and Donatas Zavackas and Toree Morris had eight and six apiece for the Panthers, who shot 43 percent (23-of-53), but converted just 4-of-17 3-point attempts. They also went 15-of-24 from the free throw line.
George Mason were limited to just 26 percent (15-of-58) shooting and made only 9-of-17 from the line.
"It seemed as if our team lost its confidence," Jim Larranaga said. "They missed layups, and shot air balls. Only one guy, Mark Davis, was in double figures. We scored a total 41 points in the game. Most teams average that in a half. It was a terrible game from start to finish."