BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Brandin Knight scored 25 points and made 6-of-8 3-pointers as eighth-ranked Pittsburgh rolled to a 75-62 victory over Virginia Tech in a Big East Conference matchup.
Pittsburgh made just 4-of-26 3-pointers in its last loss to Seton Hall on February 15 but has made 29-of-62 shots from beyond the arc en route to winning its last three games.
The Panthers made a season-high 11 3-pointers on 25 attempts on Wednesday and used their long range shooting to put away the Hokies.
Pittsburgh (20-4, 10-4 Big East West Division) had a 20-17 lead just over 10 minutes into the game before scoring 15 of the next 22 points, highlighted by 3-pointers from Knight, Julius Page and Donatas Zavackas.
The Hokies rallied from a 17-point deficit to pull within 58-50 with 6:10 remaining in the game. But Knight buried a pair of 3-pointers around one from Page as the Panthers recovered and rolled to their 20th victory.
"That's what you want," said Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland about Knight. "A senior on the road leading you to victory. They played a lot of zone. You have to make a lot of threes and we did."
"Knight has been struggling, but he had a good game tonight," Hokies coach Ricky Stokes said. "He's a good player and good players make good plays."
Pittsburgh remained tied with Syracuse for first place in the West division.
Page and Jaron Brown scored 11 points apiece as the Panthers shot 53 percent (27-of-51) from the floor and made 10-of-13 free throws.
Pittsburgh shot 57 percent (17-of-30) in the first half, including 5-of-13 from 3-point range, and had a 40-29 halftime advantage.
The Panthers made 10-of-21 shots and 6-of-12 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes to fend off the Hokies' rally. Pitt had 19 assists.
"They do a great job of passing," Virginia Tech center Terry Taylor said. "They swing it around, run some time off the clock and then take a shot."
Taylor and Bryant Matthews scored 17 points apiece for Virginia Tech (10-16, 3-10 East), which has lost five straight and fell into a tie with Miami for last place in its division.
The Hokies shot just 40 percent (19-of-48) from the floor but stayed close by making 20-of-26 free throws.
The teams exchanged the lead seven times in the opening six minutes before Toree Morris gave Pittsburgh the lead for good at 11-10 on a jumper with 13:23 left.
The Panthers had their largest lead on 54-37 after a three-point play by Chevon Troutman with 13:53 remaining in the second half.