Pittsburgh (5-1) topped Duquesne (6-2) 96-75 tonight in the 84th City Game, led by Michael Young and James Robinson.
Young, a junior forward for the Panthers, scored 20 points and Robinson, a senior guard, added 18.
Sophomore forward Eric James led the Dukes and court in scoring a career-high 21 points. Senior guard Derrick Colter contributed 15.
Duquesne lost the battle for the boards, with Pitt grabbing 40 rebounds to the Dukes’ 29.
“It’s hard to win when they don’t miss and when they do, they get their offensive rebounds,” said Duquesne senior guard Micah Mason. “We’ve just got to bounce back, watch film and just get better everyday.”
Defensively, Pitt held the Dukes to 35% shooting from the three-point arc, including holding Mason to 1 point in the first half. Mason finished with 11 points.
“You’ve got to remember now, they came off a real tough loss,” said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry, of Pitt’s loss to Purdue Tuesday night. “I know Jamie [Dixon] very well and he’s going to motivate those guys to bounce back very quickly in a game like this – and they did. Hopefully my team will respond the same way in our next game.”
Duquesne hosts University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) (1-7) at Palumbo Center on Tuesday.
Photo by Rachel Konieczny