PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh had no problems in its only road game until mid-January.
Carl Krauser scored 17 points and Julius Page had 13 as the 22nd-ranked Panthers posted a 59-45 victory over city rival Duquesne.
Pittsburgh (5-0) did not even have to travel outside of its own city to play its only road game before visiting Big East Conference rival Miami on January 10.
Duquesne (1-2) had a 24-22 halftime lead as both teams struggled offensively. But Pittsburgh shot 57 percent (13-of-23) in the final 20 minutes, pulling away with an early 20-5 run.
Krauser and Jaron Brown opened the decisive burst with back-to-back fast-break layups. Krauser and Page each sank 3-pointers during the stretch, which gave the Panthers a 48-33 cushion with 8:30 remaining.
"The key of the game was the beginning of the second half," Duquesne coach Danny Nee said. "(Pittsburgh) came out and we weren't ready to play. Pitt is a good, strong quality basketball team. They are as physical as anyone we've played."
The Panthers held on for their 22nd win in their last 25 meetings with the Dukes.
Freshman Chris Taft collected eight points and nine rebounds off the bench as Pitt improved to 5-0 for the fourth consecutive season.
Reserve Ryan Tricco scored 10 points to lead Duquesne, which shot just 35 percent (19-of-54) from the floor. Nee lost his fourth straight matchup against Pittsburgh.
"In the first half, we were getting to the basket and getting some easy buckets," Dukes forward Elijah Palmer said. "We came out a little flat in the second half. We're just not putting it together in the second half."
Palmer - Duquesne's leading scorer - was held to just nine points on 4-of-11 shooting and made only one basket in the second half.
The Dukes played in front of their first sellout crowd since since they played Villanova in the 1994 NIT.