PITTSBURGH — No. 5 Pitt took care of business Saturday night against Seton Hall, cruising to a 74-53 victory at the Petersen Events Center.

Center Gary McGhee had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Talib Zanna added 10 points as the two leading scorers for the Panthers. Guard Brad Wanamaker had 9 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds as well.

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The Panthers (17-1, 5-0 Big East) got off to a quick start, building a 9-point lead in the opening 12:12, 18-9. Seton Hall (8-10, 2-4) struggled to cut in to the Pitt lead from that point on, inching no closer that 8 points for the rest of the game.

McGhee scored 10 of his 13 points in the opening half in just 12 minutes of play. Pitt went in to the half with a 33-18 lead and continued to roll in the second.

The Pirates pulled to within 13 points three times, but that’s as close as they would get. Pitt eventually built a 23-point lead, 63-40, with 7 minutes to play on a 3-pointer from J.J. Moore. The Panthers’ biggest lead was 25 points, 74-49, with 1:17 to play.

Pitt would eventually win, 74-53.

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Much of Pitt’s success was because of a huge rebounding edge all game. The Panthers finished with 51 rebounds to Seton Hall’s 27. Pitt nearly had as many offensive rebounds, 23, as the Pirates had total rebounds.

Nasir Robinson, Ashton Gibbs and Travon Woodall all had 8 points each. Dante Taylor had 7, J.J. Moore had 6 and Gilbert Brown had 5 to round out the Pitt scoring.

Herb Pope led Seton Hall with 15 points. Jeremy Hazell, who averages nearly 24 points a game, scored just 9.

Pitt returns to action Monday night against No. 4 Syracuse at the Petersen Events Center.

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