Jan. 11, 2009

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- After shaking off some rust, Pittsburgh certainly looked like the No. 1 team in the country.

DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Sunday afternoon as the Panthers crushed St. John's, 90-67, in their debut as the nation's top-ranked team.

Jermaine Dixon scored a career-high 17 points for Pittsburgh, which is ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history.

Playing for the first time in eight days, the Panthers (15-0, 3-0 Big East) got off to a slow start in this one and owned a slim one-point lead two minutes into the second half.

But after reeling off a 15-0 run to take a 58-42 lead with 12:27 remaining, Pittsburgh cruised to its fifth straight win over the Red Storm (10-5, 1-2).

Pittsburgh's Levance Fields scored 13 points while Sam Young, the Panthers' leading scorer, added just 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

D.J. Kennedy finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for St. John's.