The PPG Paints Arena was turned into a basketball court Friday night for the annual City Game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and Duquesne Dukes.
Last year, the Dukes upset the Panthers and claimed the win. This year, the Panthers retook the trophy, winning the game, 76-64.
“I didn’t want to be the stooge to come in and lose the first two in a row,” Panthers Head Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.
Senior forward Ryan Luther led the Panthers with 16 points and also nine total rebounds. Luther had the second-most assists, totaling four.
Luther has been on fire for the Panthers, with the City Game being his seventh double-digit scoring game. Also, Luther has led the Panthers in rebounding in the last seven games.
“His play deserved an ovation, and he deserves an ovation for who he is as a human being,” Stallings said. “I feel real fortunate to coach him.”
Three other players totaled double-digit points, including Marcus Carr with 15 points, Parker Stewart with 14 points and Shamiel Stevenson with 13 points.
Carr led the team in assists with five, which was his fifth time doing so this season.
As for the Dukes, Mike Lewis II lead the team with 20 points, and Eric Williams Jr. was the only other double-digit scorer with 18 points.
Kellon Taylor, who is fresh off his football season, led the Dukes with eight rebounds while Tarin Smith led with three assists.
The Panthers will return to action at the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday to face Mount St. Mary’s at 7 p.m.
As for Duquesne, the Dukes will host Maryland Eastern Shore at the A.J. Palumbo Center at 7 p.m. Monday night.
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