Pitt keeps City Game streak alive

Posted on Dec 4 2015 - 11:33pm by Joey Cinello
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Pitt’s Rafael Maia and Duquesne’s Darius Lewis jockeying for possession in tonight’s City Game. Photo Credit: The Associated Press

Not only did Pitt hand Duquesne their second loss of the season with a 96-75 rout, but they continued their 15-year City Game win streak against the Dukes.

Despite the Dukes jumping out to an early 1-0 lead before even tipping off, they would not see the lead again after Duquesne and Pitt finally tipped.

How did Duquesne go up 1-0 before the tip? Well, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon failed to post the starting lineup in the scorebook at least 10 minutes before the game started, and the Panthers were handed a technical foul because of it. In turn, deadeye Duquesne shooter Micah Mason stepped to the line and knocked down the free throw for the Dukes, giving them a lead before tipping. 

Too bad that was the last lead Duquesne would see.

Senior transfer student Rafael Maia gave Pitt 6 early points, helping Pitt jump out to a commanding 22-4 lead to get things rolling. A quick outbreak of points proved to be too much for Duquesne to handle, as they never even came within 10 points again, a truly dominating performance by the Panthers.

All together Pitt had five guys tally over 10 points in this laugher against Duquesne, but Jamel Artis, James Robinson and Michael Young shined above the others. Robinson proved to be more than just a playmaker, he was 4-5 from downtown, which accounted for 12 of his 18 points in this one (5-8 fg total). Young also played a magnificent game adding another double-double to his career accomplishments at Pitt; he dropped 20 points, collected 11 rebounds and dropped 4 dimes.

Although Pitt dominated this game all-around, Duquesne had some things they can build from tonight.

Derrick Colter, Duquesne’s leading scorer on the year, played out of his mind tonight. No matter how much his team was down by, he never showed any quit and was always there to pick up his fellow teammates — perhaps why a Cavs scout was in the stands against MSVU? Also, his speed was something Pitt could not keep up with at times, something Colter mentioned before the start of tonight’s game.

In addition to Colter’s play, Eric James and TySean Powell continued their own successes off the bench again tonight and proved to be a spark plug for Duquesne’s offense. James actually led both teams in points tonight with 21 total.

Perhaps there is a reason why Duquesne lost by such a wide margin, Colter, James and Powell played great games, but that list is missing one name: Micah Mason.

One problem Duquesne had tonight was getting Mason the basketball with space. In the first half of tonight’s game, Mason only took two shots from the field making none of them, his only points in the half came from the technical foul at the start.

Mason may not have been able to get open, but Pitt’s ability to get shooters such as Artis (14 points) wide open is why they were able to run away with this game from the get-go. Pitt shot 67.9% from the field and 66.7% behind the arc in the first half, teams more than likely are not going to lose when they put up numbers like that — incredible offensive numbers.

Pitt stepped on the gas from the onset without looking back, and Duquesne really had no chance at all once we reached the midway point of the game. We will have to wait another year to see if Duquesne can finally end Pitt’s 15-year City Game win streak.