PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh completed its glut of home games by matching its best start in 74 years.
Jaron Brown scored a season-high 21 points as the 15th-ranked Panthers routed Virginia Tech, 78-59, in their Big East Conference opener to improve to 15-0 for the first time since the 1929-30 season.
Brown made 10-of-15 shots from the field to become the 31st player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.
"I didn't realize it at all," he said. "I was just out there playing to win."
Completing a 10-game homestand, Pittsburgh extended the nation's longest home court winning streak to 35 games, one more than Duke.
The Panthers played their last 14 games in Pittsburgh, including a "road" game at Duquesne. They play their first true road game of the season Saturday at Miami.
"Jaron is able to get to the middle of the floor and to the ball," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg added. "He is not a flashy player like (Julius) Page, (Carl) Krauser and Brandin Knight, but he is able to make plays and cause turnovers."
Bryant Matthews, the nation's third-leading scorer, had 22 points for Virginia Tech (7-4, 0-1 Big East), his 29th straight game in double figures.
The Hokies took a 22-18 lead on Matthews' layup with 10:56 left in the first half but they were worn down in the second as the Panthers continue to stifle opponents with their suffocating defense.
The Panthers won despite missing point guard Carl Krauser for the fourth straight game. Freshman Antonio Graves started in his place and had five assists.
Pittsburgh forced 26 turnovers, blocked nine shots and held the Hokies scoreless for nearly four minutes during one stretch late in the second half. The Panthers have held their last six opponents under 60 points.
"When you turn the ball over 26 times you can't expect to win," said Greenberg, coaching his first Big East game. "Pittsburgh has the depth in the front court that causes turnovers."
Page added 20 points for Pittsburgh and freshman Chris Taft chipped in with a season-high 17.
"He (Taft) lives for big games," Page said. "Ever since he stepped foot in here he's been telling us that he would step up and make plays."
The Hokies had some success from outside, making 8-of-11 3-pointers, but they could not handle Pittsburgh's press as the Panthers scored 36 points off turnovers.