PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Carl Krauser continues to work his magic for Pittsburgh.
Krauser scored 16 of his career-high 22 points in the second half as the 22nd-ranked Panthers pulled away for an 83-54 rout of Albany.
A sophomore guard who is nicknamed "Black Magic," Krauser is being counted on to become more of an offensive force this season. He averaged 6.0 points per game as a freshman.
But Krauser entered this game as the Panthers' leading scorer at 17.0 points per contest. After a quiet first half, he took over in the second as Pittsburgh extended its home winning streak to 25 games.
"I've been talking to guys overseas and asking them for advice on how to improve my game," said Krauser, who went 8-of-12 from the field and also accounted for six of the Panthers' season-high 14 3-pointers.
"We made some adjustments," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "We probably weren't in the right offense in the first half. We adjusted in the second half."
Julius Page added 16 points, Antonio Graves had 11 and Chris Taft 10 and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (4-0), who led just 32-27 at halftime before pulling away.
Levi Levine netted 16 points to lead Albany (0-2).
Coming off a 7-21 season, the Great Danes were within 43-37 with under 16 minutes remaining, when the Panthers used a 13-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Krauser started the burst with a 3-pointer and Graves capped it with a shot from beyond arc with 11:53 remaining. Pittsburgh went 14-of-29 from 3-point range.
In the second half, the Panthers shot a blistering 70 percent (19-of-27) while holding the Great Danes to 33 percent (11-of-33).
"I thought our kids competed at a very high level for 20 minutes," Albany coach Will Brown said. "We forced them to play right in our hands. Then, obviously, the second half, they made just about every jump shot they had."