PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- A team in transition was buried by a team using transition.
Chris Taft scored 15 points and Jaron Brown added 13 as fourth-ranked Pittsburgh used its running game to destroy St. John's, 71-51, in a Big East Conference mismatch.
The game often looked like a layup drill as the Panthers held a 24-5 advantage in fast-break points, 11 of which came during a 20-3 run that closed the first half and gave Pittsburgh a 39-19 lead.
The Panthers (21-1, 7-1 Big East), who have four players from New York City, also finished the night with seven dunks, five of which came on the break.
"It is a credit to our big men running the floor," said point guard Carl Krauser, who had nine points, seven rebounds, nine assists and seven steals. "And it's my job to get them the ball because I know they will finish the play.
"I like to watch them dunk and score better than I like to score myself."
Chevy Troutman totaled 11 points and eight rebounds on another successful night at the Peterson Events Center.
The Panthers set a school record with their 17th home win of the season while extending the longest home winning streak in Division I to 39 games. They are 33-0 at their new arena.
"Pittsburgh does everything well and is a well-coached team," said St. John's coach Kevin Clarke, who fell to 3-10 since replacing the fired Mike Jarvis. "They should go far in the NCAA Tournament."
Once-proud St. John's (5-14, 0-8) remained the only winless team in the Big East, trailing by at least 10 points over the last 26-plus minutes and by as many as 23 with 15:56 remaining.
"We faced a terrific basketball team with a lot of experience," Clarke added. "They pounded the ball inside and were physical."
The Red Storm stayed close early, but Pittsburgh took the lead for good, 11-10, on a basket by Brown. It was 18-16 before the Panthers finished the half with their 20-3 burst.
Mark McCarroll started it with a basket at the 9:24 mark and Taft added a dunk with 7:38 remaining. Eleven of the last 13 points came on the break, led by McCarroll's slam, which made it 27-17 with 6:10 left.
Each of Pittsburgh's next five baskets came on layups, four on the break. After Taft scored inside, Krauser and Troutman each finished a pair of breaks. Troutman's free throw with 57 seconds remaining closed the scoring.
The Red Storm went nearly 7 1/2 minutes without a basket in turning a two-point deficit into a 16-point hole. They scored 10 points in the opening 5:45 and just nine over the final 14:15 of the half.
Darryl Hill scored 16 points and Elijah Ingram added 11 for the Storm, which shot just 39 percent (21-of-54) en route to their eighth loss in nine games. They snapped a seven-game skid Saturday against UCLA.
St. John's - which used to be among the elite teams in the country but has had just one losing campaign since 1996-97 - is on pace for its worst season since it went 0-7 in 1918-19.
The Panthers are headed in the opposite direction. They lead the nation with 21 victories and are off to the school's best start since the 1927-28 team went 18-0 and won a mythical national title.
"We all want to win and we all want to play hard," Krauser said. "I think that we can go to San Antonio (the site of the Final Four) and that the only thing that could stop us is ourselves making mistakes."