STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (Ticker) -- Penn State became the first team to score more than 60 points against Pittsburgh this season, but the Nittany Lions had no answers for Carl Krauser.
Krauser scored a career-high 28 points and handed out six assists as the 12th-ranked Panthers remained unbeaten with an 84-71 victory over Penn State.
Krauser was 11-of-18 from the field, helping the Panthers (7-0) shoot 58 percent (32-of-55). Chevon Troutman and Antonio Graves added 18 points apiece for the Panthers.
The Nittany Lions stayed in the game by making a season-high 11 3-pointers, including four by Mike Walker and three each by Travis Parker and Marlon Smith.
"I think we played well against a good Penn State basketball team," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "They did well with threes. They hit some tough threes. They shot the ball well against a good defense."
The Panthers posted their 22nd straight win against a non-conference opponent and improved to 7-0 for the third straight season. The Panthers started last season with an 18-0 record.
Aaron Johnson scored 17 points and Walker and Parker added 16 apiece for the Nittany Lions (5-4), who were coming off a 66-53 loss at Georgetown.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 13-2 lead but Penn State got the crowd going with a 15-2 spurt that gave the Nittany Lions a brief 30-29 lead on Parker's 3-pointer with 5:25 left in the first half.
But the Panthers took control with a 12-0 run and never were threatened thereafter. Krauser's 3-pointer gave Pittsburgh a 41-30 lead with 2:35 left in the half.
"During their run I felt like it was time to take over," Krauser said. "As a point guard, you can't let your team fall. You have to have passion. A point guard has to be able to pick his team up and lead emotionally and physically."
After trailing, 44-35, at the intermission, Penn State got no closer than six in the second half. Chris Taft's layup gave Pittsburgh a 70-56 cushion with 7:17 remaining.
"We have been in situations like this before," said Taft, who contributed 11 points. "We know each other and the way we play. Krauser was able to pick us up."
Penn State closed to 78-71 on Walker's two free throws with 1:21 to go, but Krauser and Graves each hit a pair from the line to make it 82-71.
The Panthers converted 17 Penn State turnovers into 20 points and outscored Penn State, 42-24, in the paint.
"Our turnovers hurt us," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "We were always just a possession or two away from really making things interesting."