PITTSBURGH: Michael Young scored 23 points and Pittsburgh shot 56 percent from the field in an 85-76 victory over Kent State on Saturday.

Jamel Artis added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for Pitt (4-0) while James Robinson scored 18 points with 10 assists.

Xavier Pollard led Kent State (3-2) with 23 points and Jimmy Hall scored 21.

Pitt took an early 15-8 lead but Kent State dominated the offensive glass early to keep the game close. The Golden Flashes shot 40 percent in the first half but scored 11 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds.

Artis keyed a 12-0 Pitt run with two 3-pointers late in the first half that gave the Panthers their first double-digit lead of the game. Pitt shot 61 percent in the first period and led 42-32 at halftime.

Kent State cut Pittís lead to seven points out of the break but did not come any closer. The Panthers extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the second half.

The Flashes moved within seven points of Pitt again with two minutes to play.

Pitt held Kent State to three offensive rebounds and seven second-chance points in the second half.

Tip-ins

Pittsburgh moved to 57-1 all-time in November games with a victory in their final game of the month Saturday. Pitt owns a 70-6 overall record in the seasonís first month under coach Jamie Dixon.

Kent State dropped its second road game of the season, as the Golden Flashes also lost their road-opener 72-69 at Southern Illinois on Nov. 18. Kent State lost its first two road games in a season for the first time since it opened the 2010-11 season with four consecutive losses away from home.