Delaware State vs. Pitt final score: Panthers notch 7th straight win, 71-43

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The Panthers took care of Delaware State, 71-43, behind Talib Zanna's 20 points. The Hornets were their latest victim in a soft December schedule.

Talib Zanna matched a season high with 20 points as he led the Pittsburgh Panthers to a convincing 71-43 victory Wednesday night over the Delaware St. Hornets.

Delaware St. fell behind 10-3 early, but a quick 8-2 run got the Hornets back in it. They then hung around for the remainder of the half and trailed by just four at the break, 31-27, behind a last-second layup from Tahj Tate. Tate finished with 19 points and was the only Hornet to score in double figures.

But even though Delaware St. stayed close early on, things quickly changed after the break. The Panthers scored the first 10 points of the second half and never looked back. The first six of that run came on points in the paint from Zanna. The big man finished 9-of-13 from the floor and also grabbed nine rebounds.

J.J. Moore came off the bench to provide 15 points for Pittsburgh, while Steven Adams added 10 and eight boards.

The Panthers will look for their eighth straight win on Dec. 23 when they host Kennesaw St.

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