PITTSBURGH – Reserve Dante Taylor scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double and led No. 3 Pittsburgh to a 70-42 victory over Delaware State on Wednesday night.
Taylor played just 15 minutes as coach Jamie Dixon went to his bench early. J.J. Moore, another reserve, scored 10 points. Ashton Gibbs had nine points as 11 players scored for the Panthers, who used their size to outrebound the Hornets 41-18.
Pitt (10-0) has won 10 consecutive games to start the season for the seventh time in the past eight seasons. The Panthers have won 45 of their past 46 home games and are 82-1 against non-conference opponents at Petersen Events Center.
Marques Oliver had 11 points for Delaware State (4-4), which had won its last two games. Desi Washington scored all nine of his points in the first half.
Pitt plays No. 11 Tennessee on Saturday at downtown Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, which is considered a neutral site, in the SEC/Big East Invitational.
Taylor had nine points and seven rebounds in the first half as Pitt built a 34-19 lead by dominating the boards. Pitt's height advantage resulted in a 26-9 rebounding edge in the half when the Panthers took control after a sluggish opening five minutes.
Delaware State, whose tallest player is 6-foot-7, had no match for the 6-9 Taylor, 6-9 Talib Zanna and 6-11 center Gary McGhee.
The Hornets tied the score 7-7 about 4 minutes in but Delaware State missed its next 10 shots and shot 29.2 percent for the half. The drought enabled Pitt to take control with a 13-0 run over the next 8:45. The spurt began with a dunk by Taylor and featured several lay-ins and putbacks as Pitt dominated inside.
When Chad Wilson's 3-pointer pulled Delaware State within 23-16 with 3:44 left in the half, Dixon called a timeout. The Panthers regrouped and went on an 11-3 run to close the half.