Pitt won their tenth game of the season on Saturday, defeating Bethune-Cookman 89-40 at the Pete.
The game was never really in doubt as Pitt built a 20-point halftime lead. Things got even worse for the Wildcats as the Panthers ended up with a 29-point margin in the second half.
Pitt had a huge advantage on the glass, winning the rebounding margin 40-11. That was a big reason the Panthers won so easily, but another was flat out shooting. The Panthers as a team made nearly 70% of their shots while Bethune-Cookman only connected 30% of the time. Add it all up and it spelled disaster for the Wildcats.
Freshman center Steven Adams had his best game of the season and was the star of the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He's had moments of inconsistency to be sure, but over the past three games has enjoyed a lot of success. Over the past three games, he's averaging a double double with ten points and just over ten rebounds per game. The competition has left a lot to be desired, but it's hard not to see that Adams is getting better out there.
Pitt's bench was again strong. J.J. Moore led all scorers with 18 points and Dante Taylor chipped in with six points and a team-high 11 rebounds in only 18 minutes. For as much as the starting rotation has done, the bench has been highly productive and that will continue to make Pitt a scary team to face as the season goes on. The Panthers simply wear teams down with quality depth and that will help in Big East play.
The season continues on Wednesday with a game against Delaware State.