PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Chevy Troutman helped No. 15 Pittsburgh overcome a sloppy first half and avenge one of its four defeats.
Troutman scored 19 points as the Panthers overcame 21 turnovers to post a 55-44 victory over St. John's in a Big East Conference matchup.
The Panthers shot 38 percent (6-of-16) and committed 13 turnovers in a lackluster first half but limited the Red Storm to 21 percent (6-of-28) to take a 17-15 lead at the break.
Troutman was Pittsburgh's lone threat in the opening 20 minutes with 10 points. He made 3-of-4 from the field and was 4-of-4 from the line.
"In the first half we just seemed not to be moving and not in rhythm," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "We were just stationed in the first half which led to turnovers."
In the second half, Pittsburgh (16-4, 6-3 Big East) went on a 10-2 run to take control of the game. Troutman and Chris Taft each scored a pair of baskets during the burst that started with the Panthers leading, 32-30, with 11:40 to play.
"The second half was much better," Dixon said. "We played much more aggressive and penetrated through their defense."
Taft and Carl Krauser each scored 12 points for the Panthers, who shot 57 percent (13-of-23) in the second half.
"I knew they were going to try to make the game ugly and I knew it was going to come down to us playing as a team," Krauser said. "We decided to just move the ball around and get it down low to Chevy Troutman and Chris Taft and they did a good job of controlling the boards in the second half."
Daryll Hill scored 18 points for St. John's (8-12, 2-8), which beat Pittsburgh, 65-62, on January 18.
"It was a hard fought game," St. John's coach Norm Roberts said. "At one point the game was there for the taking, but Pitt played well defensively and we couldn't get the ball to fall in for us."
The Red Storm scored 26 points off turnovers but shot only 28 percent (15-of-54). It was the second consecutive game that St. John's set a season-low in points. Connecticut held St. John's to 46 points on Saturday.
"They did a great job on defense and switching defenses in the second half," Roberts said.