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Updated: Sunday, December 14, 2003 1:01 AM EST
(23) Pittsburgh 57, Youngstown St 42

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon keeps churning out wins, but he has been aided by a stomach-turning schedule.

Julius Page and Chevy Troutman each scored 14 points as Dixon and the 23rd-ranked Panthers remained unbeaten with a 57-42 victory over Youngstown State.

Pittsburgh (7-0) extended its home winning streak to 27 games, pulling away from a 25-16 halftime advantage. The Panthers are 21-0 at the Petersen Events Center.

Dixon, Pittsburgh's new coach, is considered one of the rising stars in the business with his ability to relate to players and aggressive recruiting techniques. Unfortunately, his scheduling philosophy is not up to par as the Panthers are in the midst of a stretch in which they are playing 13 of 14 games at home.

Having already defeated St. Francis of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris and Albany, Pittsburgh next faces NAIA power Georgetown College on Monday. The cupcake schedule could hurt a team that has been ousted from the Sweet 16 each of the last two seasons, losing to lower-seeded teams in each case.

The Panthers do not leave town until a January 10 trip to Miami.

Page's 3-pointer gave Pittsburgh, which never trailed, an 18-8 lead with just under nine minutes to go before halftime. The Panthers took their biggest lead at 49-30 on freshman Antonio Graves' basket with 7:45 to go.

"I think we proved tonight that we're better than our 2-5 record,"Youngstown State coach John Robic said. "We came in and competed and that was our number one goal." Troutman and Jaron Brown each came up with four steals as part of a stifling defensive effort. The Panthers limited the Penguins to 32 percent (16-of-50) shooting.

Pitt leading scorer Carl Krauser managed just four points while handing out four assists. The Panthers held a 34-20 edge in points in the paint.

"We knew rebounding was going to be the key," Penguins center Adam Baumann said. "Every shot was contested and we had to force a few shots."

Youngstown State (2-5) missed all 11 of its 3-point shots. Baumann led the Penguins with 16 points and eight rebounds.

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