Pitt jumped out to a 15 point lead in the 2nd half. But Duke freshman phenom Jalen Johnson scored 18 of his 24 points in the 2nd half and wouldn’t go away. Duke cut Pitt’s lead to 58-52, But Champagnie was relentless scoring seven points on two foul shots, a basket and a timely 3 pointer.
Duke kept fighting, and Pitt’s lead was down to 68-66 after Duke’s Forward Mathew Hurt hit a 3 pointer with 5min left.
But Duke freshman phenom Jalen Johnson fouled out with 2 minutes left and Champagnie’s foul shot gave Pitt a 73-69 lead. Duke continued to fight hard as Mathew Hurt scored in the paint to cut the lead to 75-73 with 1:21 left.
Pitt guard Xavier Johnson found Au’ dise Toney with a mean no look pass for a thunderous dunk to put Pitt up four points and Johnson’s 2 foul shots with 24 seconds remaining gave Pitt a 79-73 lead. Champagnie and Femi Odukale missed four foul shots in the final seconds.
Pitt scored the 1st 8 points in the 1st 2 minutes of the opening tipoff.
Duke Forward Mathew Hurt, who came into the game leading the ACC in scoring (19ppg) had only 4 points in the 1st half.
Next up for the Pitt Panthers a road trip to Boston College Saturday night January 23rd at 6pm.