Duquesne Hangs Tough With No. 5 Pitt
Nov. 23, 2002
Duquesne hung with #5 (AP) Pittsburgh for 35 minutes before running out of gas late in an 82-67 loss in the inaugural game at Pitt's Petersen Events Center. Jimmy Tricco and Brad Midgley led a balanced attack with 13 points each for Duquesne, while Julius Page paced Pitt with a game-high 17.
The Dukes went toe-to-toe with the Panthers in a first half that saw four ties and nine lead changes. Duquesne took a 29-28 lead on a Tricco three-pointer with 1:36 to go, before Pitt answered with a bucket and three free throws down the stretch to take a 33-29 lead at intermission.
Pitt increased its lead to 54-39 at the 13:06 mark before Duquesne answered with a 10-0 run highlighted by three-pointers from freshman Bryant McAllister and Tricco to cut the lead to 54-49 with 11:12 to go. After the Panthers built the lead back to 10, Midgley hit a three with 4:37 left to cut the lead to 65-58.
Duquesne would get no closer the rest of the way as the Panthers held the Dukes scoreless for the next 3:20 while upping their lead to 16. Kevin Forney and Simplice Njoya added 12 and 10 points for the Dukes. Brandin Knight finished with 13 for Pittsburgh.
NOTES: Pitt outrebounded Duquesne 51-35, including a 28-18 edge in the second half ... Pitt also outshot the Dukes 52.9% to 38.5% in the second 20 minutes ... the loss dropped Duquesne's all time opening day record to 74-13.