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Pitt pulls away for 74-53 win over Duquesne in the City Game

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Capel preached patience the day he took over the head coaching job at Pittsburgh in April, cautioning it would take time for the Panthers to find an identity and find their way back to respectability in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

It's early - very early - but the first part of Capel's job may already be done.

The Panthers are intent on making themselves tough to play against. The latest proof came in a 74-53 victory over Duquesne in the City Game on Friday night. Pitt (7-1) held Duquesne to 36 percent (19 of 57) from the field, forced 22 turnovers and rebounded from an emotional road loss at No. 14 Iowa by responding over the final 10 minutes against their crosstown rivals.

The Dukes (4-2) drew within 51-45 on a lay-up by Austin Rotroff with 9:11 to go, but Pitt ripped off the next 15 points to pull away, a run that Capel believes wouldn't have been possible without hard work on the other end of the floor.

''We've been pretty consistent on (defense) and it certainly does help, you know, when you've got nights like this where you can't make a shot,'' Capel said. ''Defense is something we like to hang our hat on ... we take pride on it.''

A message that stirs echoes of the program's not-so-distant glory days in the Big East under former head coaches Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon. The road back will certainly be bumpy for a roster that's almost completely overhauled from the one that went winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season.

Still, just 72 hours removed from a draining one-point loss on the road at No. 14 Iowa, the Panthers recovered from an early push by the Dukes by clamping down.

''That's what we take pride in, is toughness,'' said Pitt guard Jared Wilson-Frame, who finished with 12 points. ''That results in getting defensive stops, getting rebounds, making the right plays. I think that's just a testament to our togetherness.''

Trey McGowens led the Panthers with 14 points, Malik Ellison added 13 and Xavier Johnson overcame early foul trouble to finish with 10 points, four rebounds and five assists as the Panthers won for the 17th time in their last 18 meetings with the Dukes (4-2).

Michael Hughes led the Dukes with 20 points and 10 rebounds but Duquesne couldn't keep up after the Panthers found their footing late. The Dukes made just 5 of 24 3-pointers and starting guards Mike Lewis, Sincere Carey and Eric Williams Jr. combined for just 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting.

''The last 8-10 minutes we weren't very good,'' Dukes coach Keith Dambrot said. ''We were right there, we just didn't make plays.''

The 87th meeting between the schools located just two miles apart had a decidedly new feel. It wasn't just the sight of Capel on the sideline. Five of the eight Pitt players who saw the floor are in their first year with the program. It's much the same for the Dukes, who have 11 players in their first season and just one - Lewis - leftover from the team that knocked off the Panthers two years ago, a victory that marked just the Dukes' fourth win in the series since 1982.

Dambrot stressed coming in that the Dukes can no longer afford to be pushovers to the Panthers in a rivalry that at times seems to be built more on location and habit than legitimate tension.

The Dukes made their first four shots before the game devolved into the typical grind-it-out affair that has become the norm. Pitt slowly recovered to take a 32-29 lead after a half that featured more fouls (22) than made field goals (20).

Duquesne kept it close for the first part of the second half before things went awry.

''You have to be more competitive when you're getting smacked,'' Dambrot said. ''Their pressure bothered us. They got in us and we got a little jittery. We made some dumb, unforced ones at crucial times.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Duquesne: The Dukes are on the upswing - they played Notre Dame tight on the road earlier this month - but with so many new faces, it's going to take time to jell. Another chance at taking down an in-state Power Five conference opponent awaits when Duquesne plays Penn State on Dec. 19.

Pitt: The Panthers are already within one victory of matching last year's total, one they should surpass relatively easily before ACC play begins in January. Capel appears to have settled on an eight-man rotation that showed maturity by hanging in there against the Dukes after stumbling out of the blocks early.

UP NEXT

Duquesne: Welcomes Marshall next Wednesday.

Pitt: Hosts Niagara on Monday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Duquesne  
19:39 +3 Eric Williams Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Michael Hughes 3-0
19:27   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
19:27   Turnover on Xavier Johnson  
9:01 +2 Michael Hughes made dunk, assist by Eric Williams Jr. 5-0
18:38   Au'Diese Toney missed jump shot  
18:36   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
18:24 +3 Sincere Carry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Williams Jr. 8-0
17:55   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot  
17:53   Offensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
17:50 +2 Malik Ellison made dunk 8-2
17:44   Personal foul on Au'Diese Toney  
17:44   Turnover on Michael Hughes  
17:31 +2 Kene Chukwuka made layup, assist by Sidy N'Dir 8-4
17:10 +2 Austin Rotroff made layup, assist by Michael Hughes 10-4
16:58   Personal foul on Brandon Wade  
16:51   Trey McGowens missed jump shot, blocked by Austin Rotroff  
16:49   Defensive rebound by Austin Rotroff  
16:31   Personal foul on Michael Hughes  
16:31   Turnover on Michael Hughes  
16:11   Lost ball turnover on Sidy N'Dir, stolen by Sincere Carry  
15:43   Sincere Carry missed jump shot  
15:41   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
15:33 +2 Malik Ellison made jump shot 10-6
15:06   Turnover on Sincere Carry  
14:46   Lost ball turnover on Jared Wilson-Frame, stolen by Eric Williams Jr.  
14:24 +3 Eric Williams Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sincere Carry 13-6
13:59   Xavier Johnson missed layup  
13:57   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
13:53   Personal foul on Austin Rotroff  
13:53   Malik Ellison missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:53 +1 Malik Ellison made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-7
13:33   Sincere Carry missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Terrell Brown  
13:31   Offensive rebound by Duquesne  
13:31   Eric Williams Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:29   Offensive rebound by Sincere Carry  
13:27   Frankie Hughes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:25   Defensive rebound by Sidy N'Dir  
13:25   Personal foul on Eric Williams Jr.  
12:57   Malik Ellison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:55   Offensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
12:48   Jared Wilson-Frame missed jump shot  
12:46   Offensive rebound by Sidy N'Dir  
12:43 +2 Sidy N'Dir made layup 13-9
12:33   Tavian Dunn-Martin missed jump shot  
12:31   Offensive rebound by Amari Kelly  
12:28 +2 Amari Kelly made layup 15-9
12:16 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made jump shot, assist by Sidy N'Dir 15-11
11:57   Frankie Hughes missed layup  
11:55   Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
11:55   Personal foul on Amari Kelly  
11:35 +2 Sidy N'Dir made jump shot 15-13
11:01   Gavin Bizeau missed jump shot  
10:59   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
10:39   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:37   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
10:34   Personal foul on Brandon Wade  
10:34 +1 Terrell Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 15-14
10:34   Terrell Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Frankie Hughes  
10:17   Michael Hughes missed jump shot  
10:15   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
10:09   Personal foul on Terrell Brown  
10:09   Turnover on Terrell Brown  
9:47   Lost ball turnover on Frankie Hughes, stolen by Trey McGowens  
9:43   Trey McGowens missed layup  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
9:35   Gavin Bizeau missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:33   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
9:26 +2 Malik Ellison made jump shot 15-16
9:14   Turnover on Mike Lewis II  
9:14   Personal foul on Mike Lewis II  
9:06   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
9:06   Turnover on Kene Chukwuka  
8:45   Frankie Hughes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
8:39   Lost ball turnover on Kene Chukwuka, stolen by Sincere Carry  
8:30   Turnover on Mike Lewis II  
8:12   Personal foul on Eric Williams Jr.  
8:11 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 15-17
8:11 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-18
8:01 +2 Michael Hughes made layup, assist by Sincere Carry 17-18
8:01   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
8:01   Michael Hughes missed free throw  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
7:54 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 17-20
7:35   Lost ball turnover on Michael Hughes, stolen by Trey McGowens  
7:35   Personal foul on Austin Rotroff  
7:35   Trey McGowens missed free throw  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
7:24   Mike Lewis II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:22   Offensive rebound by Eric Williams Jr.  
7:19   Eric Williams Jr. missed layup, blocked by Terrell Brown  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
7:09   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:07   Offensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
7:04 +2 Au'Diese Toney made jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 17-22
7:04   Personal foul on Austin Rotroff  
7:04 +1 Au'Diese Toney made free throw 17-23
6:33   Frankie Hughes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:31   Turnover on Duquesne  
6:10   Malik Ellison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:08   Defensive rebound by Eric Williams Jr.  
6:01   Turnover on Frankie Hughes  
5:35   Turnover on Malik Ellison  
5:18   Amari Kelly missed layup  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
5:11   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot, blocked by Amari Kelly  
5:09   Defensive rebound by Lamar Norman Jr.  
5:09   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Pittsburgh  
5:09   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
5:09 +1 Tavian Dunn-Martin made 1st of 2 free throws 18-23
5:09 +1 Tavian Dunn-Martin made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-23
5:00   Lamar Norman Jr. missed jump shot  
4:58   Offensive rebound by Amari Kelly  
4:57   Personal foul on Sidy N'Dir  
4:57   Amari Kelly missed free throw  
4:57   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
4:43   Trey McGowens missed jump shot  
4:41   Offensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
4:41   Personal foul on Amari Kelly  
4:41 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 19-24
4:41 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-25
4:29   Lost ball turnover on Tavian Dunn-Martin, stolen by Jared Wilson-Frame  
4:22   Terrell Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Lamar Norman Jr.  
4:08   Sincere Carry missed layup, blocked by Sidy N'Dir  
4:06   Offensive rebound by Duquesne  
4:05   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
4:05 +1 Tavian Dunn-Martin made 1st of 3 free throws 20-25
4:05 +1 Tavian Dunn-Martin made 2nd of 3 free throws 21-25
4:05 +1 Tavian Dunn-Martin made 3rd of 3 free throws 22-25
3:44   Au'Diese Toney missed layup  
3:42   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
3:35   Turnover on Sincere Carry  
3:19 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made layup 22-27
3:04 +3 Frankie Hughes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tavian Dunn-Martin 25-27
2:43   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
2:43   Turnover on Jared Wilson-Frame  
2:28 +2 Michael Hughes made jump shot 27-27
2:07   Lost ball turnover on Sidy N'Dir, stolen by Frankie Hughes  
2:04   Frankie Hughes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:04   Offensive rebound by Sincere Carry  
2:02   Sincere Carry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:02   Offensive rebound by Frankie Hughes  
1:48   Sincere Carry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:48   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
1:48   Personal foul on Frankie Hughes  
1:48 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 27-28
1:48 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-29
1:05 +2 Michael Hughes made dunk, assist by Tavian Dunn-Martin 29-29
55.0   Personal foul on Michael Hughes  
55.0   Trey McGowens missed 1st of 2 free throws  
55.0 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 3 free throws 29-30
30.0   Brandon Wade missed 3-pt. jump shot  
28.0   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
22.0 +2 Trey McGowens made layup 29-32
4.0   Tavian Dunn-Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2.0   Offensive rebound by Frankie Hughes  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45   Kene Chukwuka missed layup, blocked by Amari Kelly  
19:43   Defensive rebound by Duquesne  
19:26   Turnover on Mike Lewis II  
19:10   Personal foul on Amari Kelly  
19:10 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 29-33
19:10   Xavier Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:10   Defensive rebound by Eric Williams Jr.  
18:54   Eric Williams Jr. missed jump shot  
18:52   Offensive rebound by Amari Kelly  
18:49   Amari Kelly missed dunk  
18:47   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
18:26   Malik Ellison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:24   Defensive rebound by Sincere Carry  
18:18   Sincere Carry missed jump shot  
18:16   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
18:09   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Michael Hughes  
18:07   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
17:55   Malik Ellison missed jump shot  
17:53   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:51   Au'Diese Toney missed jump shot, blocked by Amari Kelly  
17:49   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:47   Au'Diese Toney missed jump shot  
17:45   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
17:43   Eric Williams Jr. missed layup  
17:41   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
17:35   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:33   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
17:33   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
17:33   Turnover on Amari Kelly  
17:16   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:14   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
17:08   Personal foul on Amari Kelly  
17:08 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 29-34
17:08 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-35
16:54 +2 Tavian Dunn-Martin made layup, assist by Eric Williams Jr. 31-35
16:31   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:29   Defensive rebound by Eric Williams Jr.  
16:26   Lost ball turnover on Eric Williams Jr., stolen by Trey McGowens  
16:09   Personal foul on Sincere Carry  
16:09 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 3 free throws 31-36
16:09 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 3 free throws 31-37
16:09 +1 Trey McGowens made 3rd of 3 free throws 31-38
15:51 +2 Michael Hughes made dunk, assist by Tavian Dunn-Martin 33-38
15:40   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot  
15:38   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
15:35   Au'Diese Toney missed jump shot, blocked by Michael Hughes  
15:33   Offensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
15:17 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made layup 33-40
14:54 +2 Michael Hughes made jump shot 35-40
14:33   Personal foul on Michael Hughes  
14:33   Terrell Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
14:33 +1 Terrell Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-41
14:18   Eric Williams Jr. missed layup  
14:16   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
14:08   Terrell Brown missed jump shot  
14:06   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
13:40   Tavian Dunn-Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:38   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
13:30 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 35-43
13:05   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
13:05 +1 Austin Rotroff made 1st of 2 free throws 36-43
13:05   Austin Rotroff missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:05   Defensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
12:48 +2 Xavier Johnson made jump shot, assist by Malik Ellison 36-45
12:25   Tavian Dunn-Martin missed jump shot  
12:23   Offensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
12:21 +2 Michael Hughes made layup 38-45
12:04   Xavier Johnson missed jump shot  
12:02   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
11:59   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:57   Defensive rebound by Michael Hughes  
11:40   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
11:40 +1 Austin Rotroff made 1st of 2 free throws 39-45
11:40 +1 Austin Rotroff made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-45
11:19   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Amari Kelly  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Frankie Hughes  
11:14   Brandon Wade missed layup  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
11:08 +2 Trey McGowens made dunk, assist by Malik Ellison 40-47
10:36   Brandon Wade missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
10:19   Personal foul on Amari Kelly  
10:09 +2 Kene Chukwuka made layup, assist by Sidy N'Dir 40-49
9:50 +3 Eric Williams Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tavian Dunn-Martin 43-49
9:34   Sidy N'Dir missed layup  
9:32   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
9:32   Personal foul on Michael Hughes  
9:32   Personal foul on Frankie Hughes  
9:32 +1 Malik Ellison made 1st of 2 free throws 43-50
9:32 +1 Malik Ellison made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-51
9:11 +2 Austin Rotroff made layup, assist by Tavian Dunn-Martin 45-51
8:53   Turnover on Trey McGowens  
8:38   Lost ball turnover on Austin Rotroff, stolen by Kene Chukwuka  
8:36   Turnover on Au'Diese Toney  
8:36   Frankie Hughes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:34