Pitt (5-1) rebounded from an NIT semifinal loss to Michigan on Wednesday by manhandling Delaware (2-3) in the consolation game 85-59 at Madison Square Garden Friday afternoon.
"I was really happy with the way we responded and how we played," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said. "We get to play in the Garden, and we've been playing here now 44 times in 11 years. So we do everything we can to play in this building. It's great for our fans, great for our families."
The Panthers were never really threatened as they jumped out to a 16-2 lead and never looked back. They led 41-21 at the half.
"We were up big and stayed with it for the most part and did the things we wanted to do," Dixon said. ""It says a lot about this team and what they think they can be."
Pitt shot 58.9 percent (33-56) in the game, including 65.4 percent (17-26) in the first half alone. The Panthers never trailed led and led by as many as 27 points in the second half.
"I was really happy how our guys came out and played," Dixon said.
"Offensively we're heading in the right direction."
The Panthers had 25 assists on 33 field goals. It was a season-high in assists.
Talib Zanna led the charge with 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was his fifth career double-double. He was named to the all-tournament team.
He was joined by four other Panthers in double figures. Lamar Patterson added 16 points 10 rebounds, Steve Adams added a career-high 13 points after not scoring against Michigan on Wednesday.
"I thought this was a good day for Steve [Adams]," Dixon said.
J.J. Moore continued to contribute off the bench and added 10 and Tray Woodall had 13 points and dished 7 assists.
"The guys responded in a good way today. We knew we wanted to pick the team up defensively, and we wanted to build on the game we had the night before," Woodall said. "We just wanted to respond and build off what we didn't accomplish in [the last] game."
Woodall felt comfortable being back home to play in New York City.
"I definitely had a lot of family members come watch me play. I saw people in the crowd from St. Anthony's also," Woodall said. "I was just happy to play in front of my family and familiar faces."
Devon Saddler scored 28 points for the Blue Hens.
"It was a great experience just coming up here, playing in front of a big crowd. We just gave it our all tonight." Saddler said. "We're not going to play teams like that in our conference."
The Panthers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they host Howard at the Petersen Evetns Center.
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