PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Brandin Knight was suffering from the flu. It hardly mattered for Pittsburgh.
Donatas Zavackas scored 15 points and Chevy Troutman added 13 as the seventh-ranked Panthers rode their stifling defense to an 82-46 Big East Conference rout over West Virginia.
Pittsburgh (17-3, 7-2 Big East West) won its 19th straight home game and moved into a tie atop the West division with Notre Dame. The Panthers swept the season series from the Mountaineers for the second straight year.
"It was a great win for us," Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland said. "Sharing the ball was fun to watch for us."
Knight played 25 minutes, scored three points and handed out seven assists. The Panthers' defense made up for it by holding an opponent under 50 points for the fifth time this season.
West Virginia (12-9, 3-5) fell to 1-7 on the road and trailed by as many as 39 points. The Mountaineers have lost four straight to ranked opponents after a win over Florida on December 3.
"That was a great performance by Pitt," Mountaineers coach John Beilein said. "We have played some good teams on the road, but we stuck in those games much better than we did in this one."
Freshman Carl Krauser scored 12 points and Jaron Brown added 11 for Pittsburgh, which placed five players in double figures. Julius Page netted 10 points as the Panthers, who shot 51 percent (28-of-55) and forced 14 turnovers.
"This is how we play," Howland said. We have greta balance as a team. Anyone on any given night can have 25 or 30 points."
A dunk by Ontario Lett sparked six straight points that gave Pittsburgh the lead for good at 10-4 early. Troutman's three-point play provided the first double-digit lead at 17-6 with 11:48 left before halftime.
The Panthers closed the half with a 10-2 run for a 37-20 cushion. They used a 17-0 tear to build a 56-25 advantage on back-to-back layups by Troutman with 13:22 remaining.
"We just had to get back on track (after losing at Notre Dame on Sunday)," Knight said. "We want to put some pressure on the next couple teams. We're just going to take them one at a time and see if we can bounce back."
Page nailed consecutive 3-pointers to give Pitt its largest cushion at 68-29 with 8:36 to go.
The fast start for Pittsburgh may have been attributed to a new warmup song at Petersen Events Center, "In Da Club" by rapper 50 Cent.
"We were just having fun," Knight said. "'In Da Club' by 50 Cent is coach Howland's favorite song."
Drew Schifino, a native of suburban Pittsburgh, scored 12 points to lead West Virginia. No other player reached double figures for the Mountaineers, who shot a season-low 29.8 percent (17-of-57) and were held to their lowest point total of the season.
"They are a bad matchup for us," said Beilein, stating the obvious. "Pitt is very strong and fast."