Duquesne 64, Pitt 55
Dec. 2, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Emile Blackman scored a game-high 21 points to lead Duquesne to a 64-55 win over Pitt in the annual City Game at PPG Paints Arena.
The win was the Dukes' first in the series since December of 2000, ending a 15-game losing streak.
Duquesne, which trailed by one at the half, took a one-point lead on a Blackman 3-pointer with 15:54 left.
The Dukes upped the advantage to nine on a Lewis II 3-pointer at the 12:35 mark before Pitt held DU without a field goal for over five minutes to regain the lead on a Ryan Luther bucket with 6:55 to go.
DU answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Blackman - his fourth - and Rene Castro to take a 53-46 lead with 5:30 left.
Pitt pulled to within two on a Luther free throw before Lewis II hit a jumper, then was fouled by Luther on a 3-point attempt and buried all three free throws to make it 58-51 with 2:01 to go.
Pitt would get no closer than five the rest of the way.
There were four ties and 10 lead changes early, with neither team mustering a lead of more than two. The score was tied at 18-18 when Duquesne endured a 5:25 stretch without a field goal. Eric James ended the drought with a layup which made it 27-20. Pitt's Sheldon Jeter answered with a 3-pointer to give Pitt its largest lead.
Jeter's bucket was the Panthers' last of the half as the Dukes closed with a 9-0 run. Blackman provided the spark with a layup and traditional 3-point play to make it 30-29 at the half.
Duquesne held Pitt scoreless for the final 4:31 of the half.
There were four ties and 15 lead changes prior to Castro's bucket at the 5:30 mark.
DU finished at 40 percent from the field, including 8-of-26 from the 3-point arc. Pitt finished 3-of-22 from the arc, including 0-of-12 in the second half.
Duquesne takes on its second consecutive local rival when it faces Robert Morris at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. (NEC Front Row).
This was Duquesne's first win over an ACC team since a 98-93 overtime win at Boston College on Dec. 28, 2006. It was also head coach Jim Ferry's first win over an ACC team in seven tries.
Duquesne, which entered the game averaging 16.8 turnovers per game, finished with a season-low 8.
With his 3-pointer at the 11:40 mark of the first half, Emile Blackman reached the 1,000-point mark for his career ... Blackman, a first-year graduate transfer, scored 913 in two Division I seasons at Niagara.
This was Blackman's 14th career 20-point game, and first in a Duquesne uniform.
Nakye Sanders made his first career start for Duquesne.
There were four ties and 15 lead changes before Duquesne took the lead for good on a Rene Castro 3-pointer with 6:30 left ... Pitt's largest lead was 10 at 30-20 with 3:09 remaining in the first half ... Duquesne's largest lead was the nine-points which it reached twice in addition to the final margin ... Duquesne led for 21:15, Pitt led for 15:35.