PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jaron Brown and sixth-ranked Pittsburgh dominated down the stretch in order to preserve the nation's longest home win streak.
Brown scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack as the Panthers extended their home winning streak to 38 games with a 68-58 Big East Conference victory over Boston College.
Pittsburgh (20-1 overall, 6-1 Big East) closed the game on a 12-3 run over the final 90 seconds to improve to 32-0 at the Petersen Events Center. Freshman forward Chris Taft added 14 points and Carl Krauser chipped in with 12 as the Panthers placed four players in double figures.
"We made the tough shots that we needed to tonight," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "Our crowd helps us and these guys are winners. They believe in each other."
Boston College grabbed the lead at 55-54 on a tip-in by Jermaine Watson with 3:54 to go. After a timeout, Krauser scored five straight points to give the Panthers a 59-55 lead and they never looked back. Krauser and Brown scored 12 of Pittsburgh's final 14 points.
"In crunch time, I like to think of myself as Isiah Thomas," Krauser said. "He hit the big shots when he needed to."
The game was tied 27-27 at halftime, but the Panthers used a 12-0 run to start the half and it looked as though the Eagles would go away quietly. However, a 11-4 run at the 13-minute mark got them back in it.
Boston College (13-6, 2-4) was led by Uka Agbai's 17 points. Leading scorer Craig Smith added 16 for the Eagles, but was held to just six in the second half. Boston College has dropped four of six heading into Saturday's home game with Connecticut.
"We played 36 good minutes, but the other four cost us the game," Boston College coach Al Skinner said. "During the second half, we got rushed and impatient, that's something we need to work on."
Pittsburgh's 20 wins are currently are the most in Division I.
"A 20-win season doesn't mean anything if you don't make it to the championship," Pittsburgh guard Julius Page said. "I won't be happy until I have the trophy in my hand."
The Panthers have beaten the Eagles four straight times and eight out of nine. The teams last met in the semifinals of the 2003 Big East tournament, with Pitt posting a 61-48 triumph.