No. 15 Pitt defeated St. Francis, Pa., 71-47, tonight at the Petersen Events Center.
Sophomore J.J. Moore came off the bench to lead the Panthers with 15 points. Junior Dante Taylor added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Lamar Patterson had 11 points and five rebounds.
Ashton Gibbs, Pitt's leading scorer, finished with nine points, the first time this season he has failed to reach double figures.
Pitt (11-1) improved to 29-0 all-time against St. Francis and 70-0 all-time against teams from the Northeast Conference. It was the first game against St. Francis since 2004.
This one was over before the fans could settle into their seats. The Panthers scored the first 13 points and never looked back. They led 19-2 eight minutes in and 27-4 before taking a 39-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Panthers had as many offensive rebounds as St. Francis had total rebounds in the first half, and they outscored the Red Flash, 24-6, in the paint.
Taylor led the early chage, scoring all eight of his first-half points in the first 8:04. Gibbs had seven points and Moore had seven, including a high-flying dunk along the baseline with three seconds remaining.
The Panthers continued to dominate throughout the second half. They scored the first 10 points of the half and went ahead by 30 with 10 minutes remaining.
Ray Fittipaldo: email@example.com and Twitter @rayfitt1.