PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Mark McCarroll and Jaron Brown sparked an early second-half spurt that carried 17th-ranked Pittsburgh to its 31st straight home win.
In the championship game of the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Tournament, the Panthers matched the nation's longest active home winning streak with a 63-56 victory over Florida State.
McCarroll and Brown combined to score the first seven points of the second half after the teams battled to a 28-28 tie at intermission.
"I have been practicing hard," McCarroll said. "I just execute the way I do in practice on the court."
McCarroll scored 13 points in his second career start, shooting 5-of-7 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers and no turnovers.
"Mark is a different kid than he was last year," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "He has an attention to detail that is rewarded with his success on the court. Mark gives us another dimension to our team. He scores points, is a defensive presence and picks up on things quickly."
Carl Krauser led all scorers with 17 points for Pittsburgh (11-0), which is off to its best start since winning 12 straight games to open the 1929-30 season. It was the eighth time Krauser, a sophomore guard, has led the Panthers in scoring.
"We played as hard as we can vs. an undefeated (Atlantic Coast Conference) team," Krauser said. "We capitalized on their mistakes."
Von Wafer scored 11 points for Florida State (10-1), which was playing just its second road game of the season.
"We were beat by a very good basketball team tonight," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Our players did very well, but every time we made a mistake they made a play off of it."
The Panthers have won 57 of their last 58 games when holding opponents under 60 points, something they have done in seven of 11 games this season.