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Champagnie's 31-point effort helps send Pitt past Duke 79-73

Champagnie's 31-point effort helps send Pitt past Duke 79-73

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A recap of Pittsburgh's 79-73 basketball victory over Duke on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

Why Duke lost

After Matthew Hurt's layup with 1:23 remaining brought Duke within 75-73, Pitt's Au'Diese Toney threw down a dunk off a pass from Xavier Johnson with 56 seconds left to seal the win.



Jalen Johnson: 24 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, four blocked shots, two steals.

Wendell Moore: 15 points (3-for-6 3FG).

Matthew Hurt: 13 points.

Jeremy Roach: 11 points.


Justin Champagnie: 31 points (12-for-15 FG), 14 rebounds, five blocked shots.

Au'Diese Toney: 22 points, 11 rebounds.

Xavier Johnson: Nine points, 11 assists.

What they're saying

“It’s the game plan before the game. The main thing on the board was to be hungry and have toughness – we’ve got to box out. It wasn’t foreign to us. We knew the game plan and what we had to do to win. We just really didn’t execute it like we should’ve.” – Jalen Johnson, Duke freshman.

“We worked on the zone all week. After the Virginia Tech game, that’s something that we put in. I think for the most part, we are doing a pretty good job at it. We need to talk a little more, be a little more active in the zone, but I think the zone is coming along. It’s going to be a really good thing for us in the long run.” – Wendell Moore, Duke sophomore.

"We had our opportunities to win the game and the most disappointing thing for me was our start. We have practiced so hard and tried different things and for me to have to call a timeout after two minutes is not acceptable. To me, that was the most disappointing thing, is how we started. Jalen had a magnificent game and he's just started to be with us. If he comes close to doing that every game, then that's something that we can count on every game. You're not necessarily going to get 24 and 16, and seven assists and no turnovers, but somebody who can create and manufacture shots. He did well and Matt [Hurt] has got to play better. You know, he had a horrible first half. Then Wendell [Moore] played well, now he's got to play well again." – Mike Krzyzewski, Duke coach.


 Duke's Johnson, coming back from a foot injury, played his first full game since December.

 Duke led for only 34 seconds and not after the 3:44 mark in the first half.

 The Panthers led by 15 points early in the second half.

 Pitt missed four free-throw attempts in the final 17 seconds.

 Duke is unranked for the first time since 2016.


Duke: 3-2 ACC, 5-4 overall.

Pittsburgh: 4-1, 8-2.

Up next

Duke: At Louisville, 4 p.m. Saturday (ESPN).

Pittsburgh: At Boston College, 6 p.m. Saturday (ACC).

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