Tray Woodall's season took a turn for the worse last year when he suffered a sports hernia in the annual game against Duquesne. Pitt's senior guard will have much better memories of his final City Game.
Woodall scored 24 points to lead the Panthers to a 66-45 victory at Consol Energy Center.
The Panthers (8-1) won its 12th consecutive games against the Dukes and hold a 50-31 edge in the series that dates to 1932.
The Dukes kept the score close for a while. Sean Johnson converted a 3-point play to tie the score at 15-15 with 8:12 remaining in the half, but the Panthers blew the game open in the final eight minutes before halftime.
Pitt finished the half on a 14-2 run. Woodall scored eight of his 14 first-half points in the final 2:53. Woodall was 3 for 5 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. The Panthers made 5 of their 10 3-point attempts in the half.
The Panthers also owned the paint, grabbing 31 rebounds to Duquesne's 20 and outscoring the Dukes 10-0 on second-chance points.
Pitt quickly built its lead in the second half and led 39-22 after James Robinson made two free throws to cap a 10-2 Pitt run. The Dukes were never able to trim the deficit to single digits in the second half.
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