Pitt tops inner-city rival Duquesne
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray scored 15 points and grabbed 12
rebounds to lead the second-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers to a 73-56 trouncing of
the Duquesne Dukes.
Mike Cook added 11 points and five boards for Pitt (9-0), which dominated in a
game that was never in doubt. Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs added 10 points each
for the Panthers
Robert Mitchell led all Duquesne (2-5) scorers with 13 points. Stephen Wood
added 12 points for the Dukes, who have lost five straight after winning their
first two. Scott Grote, Aaron Jackson, and Gary Tucker scored seven points
each in the losing effort.
The Panthers dominated from the opening tip, ripping on a 22-5 run in the
first ten minutes to quickly put an end to any upset hopes for the Dukes. A
Young dunk with just over nine minutes left in the first half opened up a
30-10 lead for the Panthers.
The Dukes were able to slow down the Panthers a bit towards the end of the
first half, but still went into the intermission with a 14-points deficit, at
It was more of the same in the second half for the Dukes, who trailed the
Panthers by double-figures for the rest of the game. Two free throws by
Mitchell cut the Pitt lead to 47-37 with 13:45 left, but that was as close as
Duquesne would get, and the Panthers cruised to the 17-point victory.
Pitt has not allowed a team to score 70 points in a game yet this
season…Pitt owns a 44-31 advantage all-time against cross-town rival
Duquesne…The Panthers scored 16 points off of 16 Duquesne turnovers…The
Pitt bench outscored the Dukes’ bench, 25-10.