In their first outing since the departure of Khem Birch, the Pitt Panthers rolled over St. Francis in a non-conference tune up. Pitt raced out to an 18-point halftime lead, built by suffocating the Red Flash on the defensive end. St. Francis had just four points over the first twelve plus minutes of the game, as Pitt jumped out to a 27-4 lead. The Panthers would have a poor shooting night from outside, but it was academic after those first 12 minutes.
J.J. Moore came off the bench for the Panthers to lead the team with 15 points. Moore was crucial in maintaining Pitt's comfortable lead at the end of the first half. Dante Taylor chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds. St. Francis was simply overmatched down low, with Pittsburgh enjoying a 21 rebound advantage on the glass. Pitt improved to 10-1 with the continued dominance in the rebounding margin, and stout defense which forced 35 percent shooting from the field for St. Francis. The Panthers are now 29-0 all time against the Red Flash.
Pitt will come back on Thursday night for another non-conference game against Wagner. It will be the last tune up before Big East play starts after Christmas.
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