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Pitt rallies in second half to top Marquette at the Garden

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They did not light up the opponent as Pittsburgh lit up the city on Friday night, but Pitt defeated Marquette in the consolation game of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Panthers trailed by as many as 15 points on Friday, but rallied back to defeat Marquette, 78-75.

Michael Young led the Panthers with a career-high 30 points—including 19 in the second half—and Jamel Artis added 21.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, the Golden Eagles took control late in the first half. After Young’s free-throw with 8:54 remaining, Pitt did not score again for the next three minutes plus. Justice Kithcart’s free-throw with 5:04 to go in the first made it 25-22, Marquette. The Panthers only scored 11 more points in the half and trailed 44-33 at halftime.

Pitt used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to tie the game up at 59 with 10:33 to go. During the three-minute run, Young scored all 10 of Pitt’s points.

After Marquette ended the run with a three-pointer, Pitt outscored the Golden Eagles 19-13 to claim victory. Young and Artis combined to scored 24 of Pitt’s 45 second-half points. 

Despite out-playing their opponent in the second half, the Panthers had to fight for the win until the very end. With less than a minute to go, the Golden Eagles got the ball, trailing by one. After a timeout with 25 seconds remaining, Marquette entered Pitt’s end of the half court and attacked.

However, Young’s block with 19 seconds to go and a missed three-pointer 13 seconds later sealed the game. Two free throws by Artis provided the icing on the cake.

The win moves the Panthers to 3-1 in 2016-17 and 47-46 all-time at Madison Square Garden. Pitt claimed victory despite making a season-low four three-pointers. This win was only the second game this season that the Panthers out-rebounded their opponent. Both occasions have resulted in victories.

The Panthers’ next game is Nov. 22 against Yale. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from the Petersen Events Center

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