Nov. 29, 2010
ALL-TIME GREAT PITT VS. DUQUESNE GAMES
January 13, 1932
Duquesne wins the series’ first-ever matchup, a 28-21 victory over Pitt at the Pitt Pavilion.
February 8, 1935, Pitt 35, Duquesne 34
Victory by Pitt snaps the Dukes’ school record 24 game win streak.
January 28, 1939, Duquesne 40, Pitt 29
Duquesne defeats Pitt 40-29. The two teams will not play again until 1953.
December 12, 1953, Duquesne 79, Pitt 43
Duquesne spoils the first Pitt-DU matchup in Fitzgerald Field House as it defeats the Panthers by 36 points. The 36-point win still stands as the largest ever for DU against Pitt.
December 15, 1956, Pitt 59, Duquesne 50
Pitt’s first win vs. the Dukes since 1938 gives Panthers their first Steel Bowl title.
December 13, 1958, Pitt 71, Duquesne 56
Don Hennon scores 33 points to lead Pitt to a 71-56 win over Duquesne at Fitzgerald Field House.
December 12, 1959, Pitt 75, Duquesne 44
John Fridley scores 20 points and Billy Mauro’s 11 highlight a surprisingly lopsided win. The 31-point win stands as the largest margin of victory for Pitt in the series.
December 7, 1963, Pitt 69, Duquesne 67 (OT)
Pitt defeats Duquesne in overtime on the same day Pitt defeats Penn State in football by one point.
December 10, 1966, Duquesne 72, Pitt 65
In the first game played at what then was known as Civic Arena, the Dukes prevail.
December 29, 1970, Pitt 70, Duquesne 58
Upset win in Steel Bowl First Round snaps Duquesne’s 20-game win streak at Civic Arena.
December 30, 1971, Duquesne 87, Pitt 67
Undermanned Duquesne had only seven players for this game, but sophomore Lionel Billingly scored 35 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Dukes to victory.
February 27, 1971, Pitt 64, Duquesne 56
5-20 Panthers spoil Norm Nixon’s last home appearance at Duquesne.
December 7, 1973, Pitt 82, Duquesne 65
Billy Knight scores 32 points against Duquesne in the Steel Bowl as Pitt goes on to a 25-4 season.
December 6, 1974, Duquesne 100, Pitt 94
Pitt, coming off its best season in school history (25-4 NCAA Elite 8), while Duquesne was coming off a 12-12 campaign, its first non-winning season in six years. No matter. Pitt succumbs to Duquesne and sophomore sensation Norm Nixon in the highest-scoring game in the series. Pitt went on to post an 18-11 record and play in the NIT. The game remains one of highest scoring in the series.
December 5, 1975, Duquesne 75, Pitt 74
December 11, 1976, Duquesne 79, Pitt 78
February 12, 1977, Duquesne 66, Pitt 63 (OT)
Larry Harris scored a Pitt series-high 35 points, but Duquesne pulled out an overtime win over the Panthers.
December 5, 1978, Duquesne 88, Pitt 66
The Dukes defeat the Panthers in the first Eastern 8 Conference meeting between the schools.
February 10, 1980, Duquesne 67, Pitt 66
In the first of two highly contested contests of the season between the teams, Duquesne survives by one point.
March 6, 1980, Duquesne 65, Pitt 63
After beating Pitt by a single point during the regular season, Duquesne escapes with another victory in an NIT battle.
January 16, 1981, Pitt 55, Duquesne 53
Panthers beat Dukes for fourth straight time in Eastern Eight league play.
February 15, 1981, Duquesne 66, Pitt 64
Pitt advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a respectable 19-12 record, with one of the losses to Duquesne. The game featured a series-best and record crowd of 15,824. Pitt would get revenge three weeks later in the Eastern Eight Tournament championship game.
March 7, 1981, Pitt 64, Duquesne 60
Victory in the Eastern Eight Tournament title game earns Pitt the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The underdog Panthers put forth a strong defensive effort and upset the favored Dukes. Pitt advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round, while the Dukes lost in the first round of the NIT.
Dec. 21, 2000, Duquesne 71, Pitt 70
Duquesne's most recent victory came on an Aaron Lovelace layup with 2.2 seconds remaining. He came out of a scrum under the basket and banked in a shot with 2.2 second left. Pitt wasted a chance to tie on a missed technical foul free-throw attempt by Julius Page. The Dukes inexplicably had six players on the court after Pitt called a timeout. It was the last time Duquesne beat the Panthers.
November 23, 2002, Pitt 82, Duquesne 67
Pitt wins its first game in the Petersen Events Center.
December 3, 2003, Pitt 59, Duquesne 45
Before a record-setting Palumbo Center crowd of 6,303, Pitt claims a 59-45 win over the Dukes.
December 4, 2004, Pitt 87, Duquesne 57
Pitt defeats Duquesne by 30 points at the Petersen Events Center.
December 2, 2009, Pitt 67, Duquesne 58 (2OT)
In the final college basketball game played at Mellon Arena, Pitt battles back from a 17-point second half deficit to force overtime. The Panthers employ a 2-3 zone over the second half’s final 17:32 to battle back into the contest. The Panthers went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit down to one point (51-50) with 3:04 left. Ashton Gibbs hit a 3-pointer with 2:06 left to send the game into overtime. In the second overtime, Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs scores eight of Pitt’s 11 points as the Panthers outscored the Dukes 11-2. Bill Clark scored 23 points for Duquesne. Pitt’s 13-point halftime margin overcome represents the largest halftime deficit overcome to win in school history. The game was dubbed by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Gene Collier as the “best” basketball game played at Mellon Arena.
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