Pitt defeats DePaul, 81-66, in regular season finale
Forward Dante Taylor, center, blocks the shot of DePaul guard Worrel Clahar, left, as Derrell Robertson Jr., right, is blocked out during the first half this afternoon in Rosemont, Ill.
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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- No. 20 Pitt defeated DePaul, 81-64, today in its final regular-season game as a member of the Big East Conference.
Reserve forward J.J. Moore tied his career high with 21 points.
Pitt set a school record by shooting 71.7 percent (33 for 46) from the field, besting the previous record of 70.8 set earlier this season against Mount St. Mary's.
Pitt is the No. 4 seed and will not play until the quarterfinal round at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Panthers will play Syracuse, Seton Hall or South Florida.
DePaul (11-20, 2-16) will play a preliminary round game Tuesday against Rutgers.
Pitt led 46-35 at halftime. The Panthers shot 76 percent (19 for 25). It was the fourth-best shooting percentage in a half in school history for the Panthers.
First Published March 9, 2013 4:06 pm