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Pittsburgh 93, DePaul 55

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PITTSBURGH -- Reserve guard Trey Zeigler scored 18 points to lead Pitt in 93-55 rout of DePaul on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for Pitt (17-4, 5-3) and moved the Panthers into sole possession of third place in the conference standings.

The 38-point victory is the largest for Pitt in a Big East game. The previous record was a 36-point victory against West Virginia in 2003.

Lamar Patterson added 15 points, Steven Adams 11 and J.J. Moore 10 for the Panthers, who shot 49 percent from the field.

Brandon Young scored 13 points for DePaul (10-9, 1-5), which lost its fourth consecutive game.

After the lead changed hands six times in the first five minutes of the game, Pitt seized control with a 23-3 run. Zeigler started the run with a three-point play and capped it with a bucket that yielded a 32-15 lead with 9:07 remaining in the first half.

The Panthers kept the momentum for the remainder of the half and took a 53-30 lead into the locker room at halftime. The 23-point halftime lead was the second-largest in a Big East game for the Panthers.

The Panthers shot 50 percent from the field in the half and pulled down 30 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards. They outscored DePaul 24-6 in the lane and received 33 points from their reserves.

Dante Taylor scored eight points in the half, six of them coming in the final 3:14. Zeigler and Durand Johnson had seven apiece off the bench.

DePaul shot 27 percent in the first half and compounded its shooting woes by turning the ball over 10 times. The Panthers converted the miscues into 14 points.

Things did not get any better for DePaul after halftime. Reserve forward Moore gave Pitt a 68-38 lead with 11:58 remaining. The lead grew to 39 with 9:24 left and then 42 after Zeigler put the Panthers up 89-47 with 4:44 remaining.

NOTES: Pitt has won eight of the nine meetings against DePaul since the Blue Demons joined the Big East. ... After going 5-13 in Big East play last season, the Panthers registered their fifth conference victory with 10 games remaining in the regular season. ... DePaul fell to 6-72 in Big East games since 2008-09.
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