Pittsburgh 71, E. Kentucky 60

Published Nov. 20, 2009 2:10 a.m. EST

Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points and Pittsburgh began pulling away by holding Eastern Kentucky scoreless for more than eight minutes during a 71-60 victory on Thursday night, the Panthers' 24th in a row at home. Gibbs, who scored 22 against Binghamton on Tuesday, had seven points during a 13-0 run that began with 6:57 remaining in the first half and ended with Pitt leading 41-24. The Panthers (3-0) rarely allowed the Colonels (1-1) more than one shot on a possession, doubling them in rebounds most of the game before finishing with a 47-25 advantage. Justin Stommes scored 24 for Eastern Kentucky, which played its first game against a major college opponent this season. Pitt has won 41 in a row on its home court against non-conference opponents, two off the school record.