@DuqMBB Falls to Pitt
Dec. 4, 2015
PITTSBURGH - James Robinson scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Michael Young added 20, to lead Pitt to a 96-75 win over Duquesne at CONSOL Energy Center.
Pitt shot 55.4 percent, including 67.9 percent in the first half in upping its record to 5-1.
Duquesne missed its first seven shots and turned it over four times in falling behind 17-2 before Colter hit the Dukes first field goal at the 14:06 mark.
Pitt, which opened 8-of-10, took a 25-6 lead on the second of consecutive Robinson 3-pointers.
Duquesne briefly cut the lead to 12 on a TySean Powell jumper with 7:00 left, only to see Pitt close the half with a 22-7 run.
The Panthers went 6-of-9 from 3-point in building their 57-30 halftime lead.
Robinson had 14 at the half.
"They dominated us in that first half and we never recovered," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry.
Duquesne - which shot 51.4 percent in the second half - briefly cut it to 18 on a Micah Mason jumper with just under eight minutes left, before Sterling Smith - who finished with 16 - answered with a 3-pointer to push the lead back over 20.
Pitt maintained at least a 20-point lead the rest of the way.
"They got it going - and they really did get it going - and they did a really good job defensively." said Ferry. "You've got to give all the credit to Pitt. I thought they played a great game tonight. This game certainly won't define our season by any means."
DU, which entered the game averaging 10.9 3-pointers and 18.1 assists per game, finished 7-of-20 from the arc and assisted on just 12 of 28 field goals.
"You've got to remember now, they came off a real tough loss," said Ferry. "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 UMBC on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Dec. 8 at Palumbo Center.
Eric James followed his career high 18-point outing vs. Mississippi Valley State with 21 against the Panthers ... James, who has made 25 of his 28 two-point field goal attempts this season, tied his career high with three 3-pointers (3-of-5 from the arc).
James, who was 7-of-10 from the field, also set career highs in assists (4), steals (4) and minutes (30)
Pitt, which finished at .554, was the first DU opponent to shoot better than .433 from the field.
Duquesne, which won its previous game at CONSOL Energy Center, 78-52 over Penn State, gave up 57 points in the first half.