Marquette Edged By Pittsburgh, 78-75
Nov. 18, 2016
NEW YORK - Behind a team-high 20 points from Andrew Rowsey, Marquette led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but Pittsburgh stormed back to claim a narrow, 78-75, win in the 2K Classic consolation at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Rowsey led a strong bench performance for the Golden Eagles, exploding for 20 points on 5-11 shooting, including 3-6 from distance. His 30-footer as time expired was just long as Pitt was able to hang on for the win. Marquette's bench outscored Pitt's 45-10 with Duane Wilson and Sam Hauser each chipping in 11 points apiece.
Pitt's Michael Young registered a game-high 30 points on 11-19 shooting, using an individual 12-point run midway through the first half to lead the Panthers from 11 points down, eventually tying the game at 59-all.
Rowsey would respond with the first of two consecutive 3-pointers to give the Golden Eagles separate 3-point leads, and after a five-point run for the Panthers, Wilson converted back-to-back layups to give MU a 69-68 advantage with 5:59 remaining.
Young answered back with his lone 3-pointer of the contest and Pitt never trailed the rest of the way.
Marquette led, 44-33, at halftime after shooting 48.6 percent (17-35) from the field, finishing the contest going 40 percent (26-65) overall, including 7-25 from 3-point range.
The Golden Eagles return home to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, hosting IUPUI on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the finale of the 2K Classic, benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. Central time.
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