Pitt 93, DePaul 55: Postgame Recap and Audio
By: Nate Barnes
Despite arguably its biggest week of the season looming with impending match-ups against No. 5 Louisville Monday and No. 3 Syracuse Saturday, Pitt (17-4, 5-3 Big East) took care of business at the Petersen Events Center against DePaul (10-9, 1-5) with authority. The Panthers smashed the Blue Demons, winning by a final tally of 38 points, 93-55, after Pitt led by as many as 42 points at one time.
With the win, Pitt took sole possession of third-place in the Big East by moving out of what was a group of seven teams holding records of 4-3 in conference play. But even with a week fraught with implication coming up, head coach Jamie Dixon and his Panthers remained focused on the task at hand and posted their largest-ever Big East home victory, setting a new school record after Pitt beat West Virginia by 36 points at home in 2003.
For Pitt, the Panthers shot 35-71 from the field (49.3 percent) and assisted on 23 of those 35 made baskets, a testament to Pitt’s excellent ball movement Saturday. As a result, nine Panthers scored seven points or more. Pitt was led by Trey Zeigler who scored 18 points, his highest scoring output since his transfer to Pitt. Lamar Patterson also finished in double-figures with 15 points, and J.J. Moore chipped in 10 off the bench. Pitt dominated just about every aspect of the game, holding DePaul to just 27.7 percent shooting in the game, and out-rebounding the Blue Demons 58-34.
Head Coach Jamie Dixon
Pitt Players- Cameron Wright, Trey Zeigler, and Tray Woodall
DePaul Head Coach Oliver Purnell