PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh looks more than ready for the Big East Conference portion of its schedule.
Chevon Troutman scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half as the second-ranked Panthers built a huge lead and coasted to an 85-49 rout of overmatched Robert Morris.
Playing their final non-conference game before embarking on a challenging conference schedule that starts at home on Monday against No. 6 Notre Dame, the Panthers were never threatened in this one, racing to a 39-13 lead at halftime.
"I'm glad we got back on a winning track," Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland said. "Now we're looking forward to the Big East. There are no breathers. Monday will be a testimony of that."
Troutman led the way in the opening 20 minutes, making 9-of-10 shots from the field as the Panthers (10-1) easily bounced back from their first loss of the season, a 79-67 defeat at Georgia on Tuesday.
"We came out and played hard," Troutman said. "Getting back on transition is something I normally do. That is one of the main things we do in practice. Tonight, I was just taking advantage of scoring opportunities."
Pittsburgh shot a blistering 63 percent (41-of-65) and held a commanding 51-25 rebounding advantage.
DaMarcus Ellis and Maurice Carter each scored 11 points for Robert Morris (3-6), which was playing its first game against a ranked opponent since suffering a 118-54 loss at Arizona on December 28, 1996.
"Pitt is a better team," Robert Morris coach Mark Schmidt said. "They dominated us the whole game. We tried to play them small and quick to gain a momentum but they broke us as well."
The Panthers showed the Colonials just the kind of competition they were up against, scoring the game's first seven points and opening a 19-6 lead with 12:12 left in the first half on a follow shot by Ontario Lett.
Lett had a big game off the bench with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting. The 6-6 senior forward also grabbed seven rebounds in 18 minutes.
Troutman, who finished 11-of-12 from the field, scored eight straight points, capped by his fast-break layup for a 37-10 advantage with 2:06 left before intermission.
Sparked by Troutman and Lett, the Panthers shot 56 percent (19-of-34) in the first half. The Colonials were abysmal in the opening 20 minutes, going a woeful 17 percent (6-of-36) from the field.
But as good as the Panthers were in the first half, they were even better in the second half, shooting a blistering 71 percent (22-of-31) when they led by as many as 39 points.
With Troutman, Lett and the rest of the Panthers doing their part, not much was needed from star guard Brandin Knight, who had four points and nine assists in just 28 minutes.
Jaron Brown added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers, who have won their eight home games by an average of 29.6 points. But the non-conference home schedule included lightly regarded foes such as Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Norfolk State and Southeastern Louisiana among others.