PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Carl Krauser scored 19 points and freshman Chris Taft tied a school record with seven blocks as 20th-ranked Pittsburgh continued its best start in more than 70 years with a 70-49 victory over Murray State.
The Panthers, playing without forward Chevon Troutman, handed the Racers their first loss and improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1929-30, when they started 12-0. Pittsburgh also extended its school-record home winning streak to 30 games, including a 24-0 mark at the Petersen Events Center.
"It was a very good win against a very good team," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon. "To beat a team like that without one of our best players is a good sign."
Mark McCarroll added a career-high 14 points for the Panthers, who placed four players in double figures and shot 52 percent (26-of-50) from the field. McCarroll made his first career start in place of Troutman, sidelined with a groin injury.
Taft, who also scored 10 points, matched a record held by a number of Pittsburgh players.
"I challenged him to go out there and show me how many blocks he could get, and he rose to the occasion," Krauser said.
"I could have broken it (the blocks records), but the ref called a foul," Taft said.
Antione Whelchel led Murray State (8-1) with just nine eight points. The Racers, who were seeking their first 9-0 start since the 1998-99 season, shot just 29 percent (18-of-62).
"Our kids battled to the end and kept playing," Murray State coach Mick Cronin said. "We just don't have the size to go up against them. Size makes a big difference."
Murray State stayed with Pittsburgh early, taking a 14-13 lead on Rick Jones' 3-pointer with 10:35 left in the first half. But the Panthers responded with a 10-0 run, building a 23-14 lead on Krauser's layup with 7:59 remaining.
"Chevy is definitely still the man, but he knows we can step in and help out," Panthers forward Levon Kendall said.
Murray State pulled within 48-39 on Shawn Witherspoon's two free throws with 10:51 to play but got no closer. The final score represented Pittsburgh's biggest lead.
Kendall scored 11 points and Taft added 10 for the Panthers, who kept the Racers from seriously challenging by shooting 61 percent in the second half (14-of-23).
Julius Page recorded eight rebounds for Pittsburgh, one shy of a career high.