MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) -- Pittsburgh's stifling defense helped silence a sellout crowd on a celebratory night at the WVU Coliseum.
The fourth-ranked Panthers maintained their lead in the Big East Conference, smothering West Virginia before escaping with a 67-58 victory.
Julius Page and Chevon Troutman scored 15 points apiece and Carl Krauser added 13 for Pittsburgh (24-2, 10-2 Big East), which stayed a game ahead of Connecticut and Providence with four games remaining in the regular season.
The Panthers did it on both ends of the floor, shooting 56 percent (24-of-43) while holding West Virginia to 35 percent (22-of-63). Pittsburgh began the night allowing 56.9 points per game, sixth best in the nation.
"They are just good at making people miss shots," said Mountaineers coach John Beilein, whose team had won two straight to move a game over .500 in the conference.
West Virginia (14-9, 6-6) was able to slice a 14-point deficit to three, 59-56, on a basket by freshman Tyler Relph with 2:49 to play. But Krauser answered with a layup and the Mountaineers missed their next four shots.
The Panthers scored eight of the last 10 points to put away the latest edition of the "Backyard Brawl." Their second straight victory overall came in front of 14,665 fans - 665 more than capacity - celebrating 100 years of West Virginia basketball.
"I think they were definitely looking forward to this game," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "We overcame a lot of obstacles with the crowd and the 100th anniversary, and I think our guys responded in a tremendous way."
Page hit two 3-pointers and Krauser made one and a free throw as the Panthers closed the first half with a 10-0 run that gave them a 38-30 lead. Beilein thought the run was the difference.
"Those last three minutes were critical because the second half was pretty even," said Beilein, whose team has lost five straight in the series.
Page went 3-of-4 from the arc and Pittsburgh finished 6-of-12. The team began the night 304th in Division I with 4.6 made 3-pointers per contest.
"I think we have a very good 3-point shooting team," Dixon said. "I think we might have had some guys start off a little slow earlier in the year. We have a better 3-point shooting team than our percentage indicated."
Page hit a 3-pointer with 13:16 remaining to give Pittsburgh its biggest lead, 49-35. But Tyrone Sally scored nine of his 17 points during a 21-10 run that got the Mountaineers within 59-56 with 2:49 to go.
Krauser countered with a driving layup and West Virginia missed its next four shots, two on one possession. Krauser added a free throw, Jaron Brown made a layup and foul shot and Troutman added two from the line during a game-ending 8-2 run.
"This team has both the attitude and skill to carve teams up," Beilein said. "And they did that to us tonight."