PITTSBURGH — No. 5 Pitt remained undefeated in conference play Saturday, beating DePaul 80-50.

Gilbert Brown led the Panthers (19-1, 7-0 Big East) in scoring with 17 points, followed by Ashton Gibbs with 13. Gary McGhee set a career high in rebounds with 16 and Brad Wanamaker contributed nine points, eight assists and four rebounds.

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Pitt was in control for the majority of the game, trailing just twice early in the first half. Tied at 14 with 10:15 left in the first half, the Panthers went on a 24-9 run to end the half with a 38-23 lead.

Pitt continued to pour it on in the second half. DePaul (6-13, 0-7) crept back to within seven points, 42-35, with 12:48 remaining, but the Panthers went on another run to put the game out of reach.

Lamar Patterson scored five quick points and Gibbs hit on back-to-back 3-pointers to push the Pitt lead to 61-40 with 6:52 remaining.

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The Panthers cruised the rest of the way.

Pitt has sole possession of first place in the Big East with Villanova (17-2, 5-1) and Louisville (15-3, 4-1) in second with just one conference loss.

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