The Panthers extended their winning streak to ten straight victories over the Dukes, who couldn’t rebound or convert free throws as well as 3rd-ranked Pitt.
Pitt senior center Gary McGhee dominated the paint at both ends of the court, totaling 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Senior forwards Bill Clark and Damien Saunders paced the Dukes with 20 points apiece.
Duquesne coach Ron Everhart says his team made too many mistakes.
“When you take a bad shot or you make a selfish play against a team like this, they make you pay for it, and they certainly did that,” says Everhart. “We had a lot of opportunities missed. Obviously I wish we would have rebounded better and made free throws, and I think it would have been a different game.”
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon says his team didn’t rely on one or two big-name players.
“Good performances for a lot of guys for us. We battled through some foul trouble, and our depth probably really was the key,” says Dixon. “I think we’ll be saying that a lot this year.”
Pitt junior guard Ashton Gibbs scored 22 points, and Pitt junior forward Nasir Robinson tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds.