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.