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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Donatas Zavackas scored 19 points, and No. 11 Pittsburgh beat Rutgers 78-59 Thursday night for its fifth consecutive victory.

Brandin Knight added 13 points for the Panthers (23-4, 11-3 Big East), who have won eight of nine and are off to their best start since the 1973-74 team went 25-4. Pittsburgh owns the best record in the Big East.

Rutgers (17-9, 7-6) had a three-game winning streak snapped in falling to 2-6 on the road.

Knight made only five of 13 shots and two of nine free throws. He had eight assists but matched his season high with seven turnovers. Knight was coming off a 29-point performance against West Virginia that helped him earn conference player of the week honors.

Knight hit a 3-pointer to open the second half and give the Panthers a 38-23 lead. Rutgers answered with 11 consecutive points, aided by four Pittsburgh turnovers.

The Panthers then adjusted to the Scarlet Knights' full-court pressure and started getting easy layups. They opened the second half by making 13 of 16 shots and shot 70 percent (19-of-27) in the half.

Julius Page and Ontario Lett each scored 10 points for the Panthers, who held a 46-29 edge in rebounds. Chevon Troutman led Pittsburgh with seven rebounds in just 13 minutes.

Mike Sherrod led Rutgers with 11 points, and Ricky Shields and Juel Wiggan added 10 each. Jerome Coleman, who entered averaging 16.7 points, was held to eight points, matching his third-lowest total of the season.