PITTSBURGH — No. 3 Pitt turned in another dominating victory Wednesday, beating Delaware State 70-42 at the Petersen Events Center.

The Panthers (10-0) utilized their size advantage down low to beat the Hornets. Dante Taylor led all big men with 14 points and 10 rebounds — his first career double-double — using empty space in the paint to his advantage. Delaware State’s tallest starter was Marques Oliver, listed at 6-foot-7.

Rebounding helped the Panthers earn an early lead, turning Delaware State misses in to points. The Hornets went scoreless for more than 8 straight minutes, allowing Pitt to build a commanding 20-7 lead. Taylor started the run with a dunk and J.J. Moore added four of his 10 points during the stretch as well.

Delaware State pulled to 23-16 on a trio of 3-pointers, but Pitt extended the lead to 34-19 at halftime thanks to 7 more points from Taylor.

The Hornets didn’t threaten Pitt’s lead in the second half, falling behind by 28 points three different times until the final buzzer. The win gives Pitt a 10-0 start for just the 10th time in school history.

Here’s what coach Jamie Dixon, Taylor and Moore had to say after the game…

Jamie Dixon:

Taylor and Moore:

Join me Saturday as I live blog the Big East-SEC Invitational from Consol Energy Center! I’ll be bringing you the live action and my thoughts for both the Rutgers-Auburn game and the Pitt-Tennessee game and you can follow along and chat with me.

All you have to do is go to http://937thefan.com and click on the live blog post! The live blog will begin at noon Saturday.

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog

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