Grayson Allen scored a game high 22 while Brandon Ingram added 17, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a huge rebounding deficit as Pittsburgh beat Duke, 76-64.
The Panthers had been 0-6 on the season against ranked teams, but showed no signs of the problems that plagued in those previous defeats, jumping out to a 10-0 lead and never looking back.
Pittsburgh clogged the lanes on defense and sent four players to the glass on nearly every possession. The lack of space and what appeared to be tired legs for Duke resulted in the Blue Devils settling for either contested or long range jump shots for most of the night.
Duke was out-rebounded 39-20 overall and surrendered 16 offensive rebounds which led to 19 second chance points.
Jamel Artis led Pittsburgh with a team high 17 points, but four other Panthers finished in double figures.
The loss eliminated Duke from the ACC regular season title race, and dropped the Blue Devils to 10-6 overall in the league. Next week’s schedule includes a pair of home games against Wake Forest and North Carolina before the ACC Tournament begins the following Tuesday.