PITTSBURGH — The 86th playing of the City Game between Duquesne and Pitt will not go down as a classic.
With all but five players participating in the crosstown rivalry for the first time, they were certainly new to the experience.
The way the game was played, some of them appeared to be new to basketball. Pitt and Duquesne traded ugly offensive possession for most of 40 minutes, with the Panthers pulling ahead late in the second half for a 74-53 victory, their 55th in the series and 17th in 18 years.
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The Panthers were led by guards Trey McGowens (14 points), Malik Ellison (13 points), Jared Wilson-Frame (12 points) and Xavier Johnson (11 points), but they didn’t do it with outside shooting, as Pitt went a combined 3 of 15 from 3-point range.
They scored by getting the ball to the paint (Pitt led in paint points, 40-28), and by getting to the free throw line. The Panthers were 21-17 from the free-throw line, while Duquesne was just 10-13.
The Dukes struggled offensively other than center Michael Hughes, who had 21 points to lead all scorers and added 10 rebounds.
Pitt, which improved to 7-1, will host Niagara on Dec. 3 at Petersen Events Center. Duquesne, now 4-2, will host Marshall at A.J. Palumbo Center on Dec. 5.