PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Brandin Knight was slowed by a concussion, but Julius Page and Chevon Troutman more than picked up the slack.
Page scored a career-high 25 points and Troutman added 23 to lead third-ranked Pittsburgh to a 73-60 victory over Syracuse in a Big East Conference battle, snapping the Orangemen's 11-game winning streak.
The win gives Pittsburgh (14-1, 4-0 Big East West) its first-ever 4-0 start in Big East play. Since joining the conference in 1982-83, the Panthers had won their first three league games three times.
A team that usually thrives on balance with Page the leading scorer at 12.1 points per game and four other players averaging more than 10 points, the Panthers relied heavily on Page's shooting and the inside play of Troutman. Page hit 10-of-15 shots, including four 3-pointers, and Troutman was 10-of-12 from the field, most of them coming on layups or short jumpers.
Both of them more than doubled their season averages and it was much-needed since Knight, last season's Big East co-Player of the Year, failed to score and sustained a mild concussion when he was hit in the head while diving for a loose ball early in the second half. After sitting on the bench for a few minutes, Knight returned briefly and finished with six assists, but was 0-of-6 from the field.
"Brandin not scoring doesn't mean anything," Page said. "Then we just step up to play and win as a team. If someone is open, we look for the basket. Today, I shot well and Chevy made a lot of athletic plays inside."
"Who would have ever thought that we would have a situation where Brandin, Jaron (Brown) and Ontario (Lett) combined for 10 points that we would still be able to win," Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland said. "That just goes to show our depth and experience."
Syracuse (11-2, 2-1), which last was beaten by Memphis in the season-opening Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, played its first road game.
"The difference in this game was their experience and defensive effort," Syracuse coach Jiem Boeheim said. "Our offense wasn't good enough today which is due to Pitt's tough defense and their experience."
Freshman Gerry McNamara led the Orangemen with 19 points, but Pittsburgh held Syracuse freshman sensation Carmelo Anthony to 14 points, nearly 10 points under his season average.
Syracuse welcomed another another freshman in Billy Edelin, who played in his first game after he was suspended for the first 12 games of the season for participating in illegal recreational basketball leagues last winter. But Edelin had a nondescript debut with two points in just five minutes.
An 11-2 run helped Pittsburgh open a 50-40 lead with 12:42 remaining. Page started the run with a 3-pointer, Troutman converted three layups and Ontario Lett added a pair of free throws.
After a layup by Hakim Warrick pulled Syracuse within 62-54 with 5:17 left, Troutman highlighted a game-clinching 10-0 spurt with a dunk, three free throws and a layup.
A 3-pointer by freshman Carl Krauser capped the run and gave Pittsburgh its biggest lead at 72-54 with 1:58 left.
Pittsburgh easily swept the Orangemen a year ago, winning by an average of 13.5 points per game. The Panthers outrebounded Syracuse by an average of 17.5 boards in the two contests.
Syracuse did a better job on the boards Saturday, but was still outrebounded, 35-27.
The Orangemen raced to a 19-12 lead in the first 8 1/2 minutes as McNamara, Anthony and Kueth Duany combined for 15 points.
However, Pittsburgh responded with a 14-3 run and took their first lead of the game at 24-22 on a layup by Page with 5:26 left in the half. Donatas Zavackas, who finished with 12 points, capped the spurt with a layup with 4:26 remaining.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Page in the final three minutes helped Pittsburgh open a 34-28 halftime lead. The junior guard had 15 of his points in the half.