PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Penn State will probably not see a defense like this in the Big Ten.
Jaron Brown and Carl Krauser scored 14 points apiece and No. 22 Pittsburgh held the Nittany Lions to 15 percent shooting in the first half and 28 percent for the game in a 64-37 rout.
The Panthers were known for their tenacious defensive play under former coach Ben Howland and the team's trademark is no different under new coach Jamie Dixon.
Coming off a 59-45 win over Duquesne, Pittsburgh (6-0) suffocated Penn State in the first half, holding the Nittany Lions scoreless for more than nine minutes.
The Panthers built a 32-7 lead with 11 straight points before Ben Luber ended the drought with a basket with 2:48 left in the half. By halftime, Pittsburgh increased its lead to 39-11.
"Eleven points in the first half? That was classic Pitt defense," Krauser said of Penn State's 4-of-26 shooting in the half.
"When we're not on offense, we can still win with our defense," Brown said. "We can turn defense into offense if we're not shooting well."
Penn State (3-2) had averaged 70 points in its first four games, but shot just 14-of-50 from the floor.
"We just didn't compete tonight," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "It was a total breakdown on both ends of the court."
Freshman Chris Taft had 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Pittsburgh, which extended its home winning streak to 26 games, one shy of a school record. The Panthers are a perfect 20-0 at the Petersen Events Center.
"I think we intimidated them a little bit," Taft said. "I think the key today is we played with a lot of intensity in the first half. It was really the first time all season we came out this hard in the first half."
Pittsburgh scored the first six points and led 12-2 four minutes into the game. After a 3-pointer by Penn State's DeForrest Riley-Smith, the Panthers went on a 20-2 run to open a 32-7 lead.
Pittsburgh led by as many as 31 points in the second half.
Seven-footer Jan Jagla led Penn State with 11 points - nine below his season average - and seven rebounds.