Gary McGhee was the difference in the paint against the Dukes. He was three blocks away of a triple double. He posted 12 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks. Ashton Gibbs scored a game high 22 points on 7-11 shooting. The Panthers are one of the deepest teams in America and they showed that against Duquesne. Nine players scored in the game including three players in double digits. Talib Zanna, Brad Wanamaker and Gilbert Brown combined for just 11 points, but the bench stepped up and carried the Panthers to their eighth victory of the year. Nasir Robinson scored 14, Dante Taylor scored 9, Travon Woodall scored 7 and Lamar Patterson scored 5 points.
Duquesne got a solid performance from Bill Clark and Damian Saunders, who both scored 20 points, respectively. Saunders also added 11 rebounds. T. J. McConnell contributed 14 points, but they didn’t get a lot of help from their teammates. Six players scored in the game including three who just scored 4 points.
The game was never really a threat to Pittsburgh. They led 42-28 at halftime. The main factor of this game was rebounding. Pittsburgh out-rebounded Duquesne 57-27. The defense for Pittsburgh contributed to the Dukes shooting 37 percent from the field.
A lot of people don’t know that Duquesne used to dominate this rivalry, but that is not the case anymore. It has changed significantly in the past 32 games. Pittsburgh is the dominate program around the city, and will continue to be for years to come.
About the Author
Written by Justin Welton
Born in Franklin, PA. Life-long Pittsburgh sports fan + Boston Celtics. Attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Working for WCUC - 91.7 and WCUB-TV. Clarion Call writer for two years.