Dukes Fall at Pitt, 87-57
Dec. 4, 2004
No. 13 (AP) Pittsburgh used a 21-8 run to open the second half to turn a six-point lead into a 58-39 advantage in pulling away to defeat Duquesne, 87-57, at the Petersen Events Center.
Chris Taft led a balanced Pitt attack with 16 points. Chevy Troutman added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Carl Krauser scored 15 points and handed out 6 assists for the Panthers. Jack Higgins scored a season-high 17 for Duquesne.
Pitt, which led from the 16:50 mark of the first half on, led by 10 when Troutman scored on a layup with 3:34 left in the half. Duquesne rallied behind five points from DeVario Hudson and three from Higgins to cut the lead to four with 15 seconds left, before Pitt's Antoino Graves answered with a jumper with one second left to give Pitt a 37-31 lead at the break.
Duquesne, which shot 35.7 percent in the first half, was able to stay in the game on the strength of six 3-point field goals including three from Higgins.
Krauser, who had five points at the half, scored seven during Pitt's run to open the second half. Back-up center Aaron Gray added five of his seven points during the outburst that was capped with a Taft dunk at the 11:31 mark.
Duquesne briefly cut the lead to 16 before Pitt pulled away for the final margin.
Pitt outshot DU 52.4 percent to 37.3 percent.
Duquesne converted just 2-of-12 3-point attempts after intermission.
Pitt, which outrebounded Duquesne 36-32, dominated in the paint outscoring the Dukes 42-14. The Panthers also turned 17 Duquesne turnovers into 25 points.