CORAL GABLES, Florida (Ticker) -- After sitting out four games with a groin injury, Carl Krauser showed how much he means to Pittsburgh.
Krauser forced overtime with a driving layup at the buzzer, then sealed the win with a key steal late in the second extra session as the 15th-ranked Panthers remained unbeaten with an 84-80 Big East Conference victory over Miami.
The sophomore point guard, who leads Pittsburgh in scoring at just under 16 points per game, finished with 19 as the Panthers (16-0, 2-0 Big East) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games.
Pittsburgh is off to its best start since finishing unbeaten in the 1927-28 campaign (21-0).
Freshman Guillermo Diaz's fallaway jumper gave Miami (10-5, 0-1) a 64-62 lead with 3.9 seconds left in regulation. But Krauser got the ball in the backcourt, raced down the right sideline and drove between two defenders to tie it.
Diaz hit another huge shot at the end of the first overtime, a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining that made it 71-71.
The Panthers finally took control in the second overtime, grabbing the lead for good, 79-77, on freshman Chris Taft's layup with 1:50 left. After two free throws by Jaron Brown made it 81-77 with 45 seconds remaining, Krauser's steal and two free throws gave the Panthers a six-point cushion with 14 seconds to play.
Darius Rice paced Miami with 22 points and Diaz added 18 for the Hurricanes, who beat the Panthers in overtime in the last regular-season meeting between the teams here in 2002.
Playing just its second road contest of the season after 14 straight in Pittsburgh, the Panthers survived their first major test, erasing a six-point deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation.
Krauser was held scoreless until the final two seconds of the first half, but took charge down the stretch, scoring six straight points for Pittsburgh to pull the Panthers within 60-59 with 2:52 left in the second half.
Following a layup by Diaz with 2:16 to go, Krauser missed a pair of jumpers. But Taft blocked Rice's baseline jumper and Julius Page drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to tie it, 62-62, with 32 seconds remaining in regulation.
Robert Hite chipped in 16 points for the Hurricanes, who came off an 89-64 loss at North Carolina.