PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh underestimated NAIA Georgetown College so much, it almost lost.
The 20th-ranked Panthers barely held off the small Kentucky school, getting 18 points from Carl Krauser and 17 from Julius Page en route to a 79-74 victory, their school-record 28th straight at home.
Pittsburgh raced to a 14-2 advantage, but led by only two points with 20 seconds remaining, nearly succumbing to the Tigers' pressure defense and 3-point shooting.
"We underestimated them a bit amd took them too lightly," said Krauser, who added six, rebounds five assists and three steals.
"Their talent is comparable to any team that we'd played," he said of the four-time NAIA champions.
The Panthers extended the third-longest home streak in the nation and improved to 22-0 at the Petersen Events Center. They are 6-0 at home this season, beating the likes of St. Francis, Robert Morris, Albany and Youngstown State.
Georgetown was led by Marshall Williams, the North Carolina State transfer who scored 25 points. Brian Silverhorn added 15 off the bench for the Tigers, who shot 57 percent (16-of-28) in the second half.
"If they didn't respect us before, I think that they do now," said Williams, who was 8-of-17 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in 30 minutes.
Pittsburgh scored the first nine points and led, 29-15, with 5:28 left in the first half following a dunk by Jaron Brown. Georgetown scored the next six points but still trailed, 34-23, at the break.
"We played our typical game," said Tigers senior guard George Baker, whose team went 6-for-21 from 3-point range. "We start slow, we don't come out fast. We made some adjustments at halftime and we were confident that we would win."
The Tigers sliced their deficit to six three times in the first six minutes of the second half before Pittsburgh appeared to pull away, rebuilding a 12-point lead on Chris Taft's free throws with 11:40 remaining.
Georgetown closed within 61-58 on consecutive fastbreak layups before allowing 10 of the next 12 points, five by Krauser, whose 3-pointer with 5:50 to play made it 71-60.
The Tigers, who forced 22 turnovers, refused to fade, closing within 76-74 on a fastbreak dunk and 3-pointer by Silverhorn. But Krauser made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to seal the win.
"I think that they took us lightly," Kentucky coach Happy Osborne said. "We are a team that does not have a lot of weaknesses. Georgetown College has the best winning percentage in the last five years. We are a good team. We come to win."