PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- No. 17 Pittsburgh continues to feast on non-conference opponents at home.
Chevon Troutman scored 18 points as the Panthers opened their season with an 81-55 rout of Howard.
Pittsburgh, which held the Bison without a point over the first six minutes of the contest, captured its 41st straight win at home against non-conference opponents.
"I'm obviously happy to get our first win of the year," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "I thought our guys did very well. Initially, we did a good job passing the ball, getting open shots, making the extra pass and getting good looks."
Last season, the Panthers were a 14-0 against non-conference foes en route to an 18-0 start
Troutman made 8-of-10 shots and collected 11 rebounds.
"(Troutman) just did a great job of getting second shots, running the floor and on the defensive end as well," Dixon said. "Sometimes, people forget how good a defensive player he is. It's half the game, and he does a great job just guarding different guys and holding up our (defense)."
Chris Taft, who was named to the preseason All-Big East team along with guard Carl Krauser, scored 12 points for Pittsburgh.
Freshman Ronald Ramon also contributed 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.
"Ronald's a great shooter," Dixon added. "I thought Carl did a great job getting him the ball. He took good shots. I think he's going to knock down open shots. Our guys recognize that."
Cliffone Ault scored 22 points for Howard (0-2), which fell to 0-3 all-time against the Panthers, including two losses over the last six years by an average of 31 points.
"Obviously, Pitt's nationally ranked, which is a good opportunity for us to come up and play in this atmosphere," Howard coach Frankie Allen said. "We got off to a poor start, but Pitt really defends. You build championship programs and championship teams with the defend mode, and they do that."