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Pitt Squeaks by Marquette

Michael Young Speaks to the media  - Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Michael Young Speaks to the media – Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Pittsburgh survived a nail-bitter in the 2K Classic consolation game Thursday afternoon, defeating Marquette 78-75. Senior Michael Young scored a career-high 30 points for the Panthers. He single-handedly brought Pittsburgh back in the game when they trailed 59-49 in the second half, going on a 10-0 run of his own.

Young also grabbed seven rebounds and swatted away four shots, none more important than a last minute layup attempt by Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey with Pitt up 1 in the final minute.

After a pair of Jamel Artis free throws put Pitt up three with five seconds left, Rowsey missed a buzzer-beating three that would have sent the game into overtime. Rowsey was the star for Marquette off the bench, scoring a team-high 20 on 5-12 shooting.

Jamel Artis added 21 points for the Panthers as for the second straight night the combination of Artis and Young contributed to over 2/3 of Pitt’s points.

Scott Zolotorow