Pitt Vs. Delaware State: Dante Taylor Shines As Panthers Win, 70-42

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Pitt Vs. Delaware State: Panthers Roll To Another Easy Victory

Pitt had no trouble with Delaware State on Wednesday, winning 70-42.

Once again, the Panthers showed off their depth, outscoring the Hornets in bench points 39-24. Lots of players made their mark tonight and no one Pitt player was on the court for 25 minutes tonight. When you think about it, that’s pretty remarkable.

Pitt’s best player tonight came from the bench as Dante Taylor led Pitt with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He achieved a career high in points and earned his first career double double.

Let’s face it, Taylor has struggled a bit. As Pitt fans, we were all hoping it wouldn’t take more than a season for him to get a double double. Even most of his points tonight were of the putback variety and not actual back-to-the-basket type moves. But nothing can be done about his slow start and the fact that he’s more active and improving is far more important.

Pitt outrebounded the Hornets 40-16 and the game was never seriously in doubt. Delaware State, a pretty decent defensive team, did manage to hold Pitt 12 points below their season average.

The Panthers will now gear up for a big game Saturday against undefeated No. 11 / 13 ranked Tennessee as part of the Big East / SEC Challenge.

For more post-game analysis, check out Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.


Pitt Vs. Delaware State: Panthers Lead At Half, 34-19

Pitt holds a comfortable 34-19 halftime lead over Delaware State. The Hornets have had a hard time scoring, shooting only 29% from the field. Only four Hornets players have scored in the half and the team has a mere three bench points.

The Panthers are enjoying another huge night on the glass, outrebounding Delaware State 26-8. The Hornets have only one offensive rebound.

Dante Taylor is having another big game for Pitt and could threaten his career scoring mark of 13. He already has 13 points and nine rebounds at the half.

One player to keep an eye on is Ashton Gibbs. He’s sat on the bench for much of the first half despite not being in foul trouble and only has three points. Not sure if he’s a little dinged up or under the weather, but he’s not been playing much at all.


Pitt Vs. Delaware State: Panthers Will Try To Avoid Looking Ahead To Tennessee Game

Pitt will look to win its tenth straight game to start the season by defeating Delaware State on Wednesday. The Panthers will face a 4-3 Delaware State Hornets team that has no quality wins this season, losing to teams such as Maryland and South Carolina.

Delaware State is guard-heavy and three of its top four scorers are backcourt players. The team is led by a pair of freshman guards, Casey Walker and Desi Washington, who are the team's two leading scorers, averaging more than 28 points per game combined.

It seems like it's been this way all season, but Pitt is facing yet another undersized team. The Hornets have only one player taller than 6-foot-6 who plays more than 20 minutes per game (6-foot-7 Marques Oliver). Because of that, the team ranks near the bottom of the NCAA in rebounding (341st).

The Hornets, for some unknown reason, are playing only ten home games this season compared to 20 on the road. They're in the midst of a brutal stretch on the road - the game against Pitt is the second of ten consecutive away contests, facing some decent D-I programs in Pitt, Clemson, North Carolina State, and Texas Tech.

Even if the Panthers get caught looking ahead to Tennessee and the Big East/SEC Challenge game this weekend, they should still be able to defeat Delaware State. The Hornets simply don't have the size, talent, or depth to give Pitt a real scare.

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