PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh at home against in-state rival St. Francis was a perfect situation for the 22nd-ranked Panthers.
Julius Page made 10-of-15 shots en route to 21 points and Chevy Troutman added 18 as Pittsburgh continued to dominate at home and against the Red Flash with an easy 90-69 triumph.
Shooting 63 percent from the field, Pittsburgh (2-0) was able to post its 23rd straight win at home - the fourth-longest streak in the nation. The Panthers also improved to 27-0 all-time against St. Francis.
Pittsburgh, which jumped out to a 28-19 lead midway through the first half, also is 58-0 against Northeast Conference opponents.
"St. Francis is a good team, a team on the rise," said Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, who was making his home debut. "They will make an impact in the NEC Conference."
Darshan Luckey had 23 points for the Red Flash, who shot just 35 percent (13-of-37) in the second half after making 15-of-28 attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
St. Francis (0-1) was 14-14 last season and opens this campaign with four straight road contests.
"Pittsburgh is a big and physical team," St. Francis coach Bobby Jones said. "They are a good team, a team is not ranked No. 22 for nothing."
Page and Troutman had 13 apiece in the first half, when Pittsburgh committed just one turnover and built a 46-38 lead.
Page's performance was even more impressive considering that he still is battling an ankle injury.
"I am not anywhere close to being 100 percent," Page said. "My ankle is stiff but it didn't bother me as much as the game went on."
"This was the first full week that he has practiced," Dixon said. "The practices this week have been good for him and I think that showed in his play tonight."
The Red Flash were able to hang around with some hot shooting and were within 58-48 five minutes into the second half.
Pittsburgh then sealed the contest with a 17-5 burst that saw six different players score. Freshman center Aaron Gray capped the spurt with a layup with 8:43 remaining.
Forward Chris Taft, another freshman, had 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five blocks in 23 minutes. Taft grabbed 12 rebounds in the Panthers' opener.