We started off the night by going to the Souper Bowl Bar on 5th Ave., across from Consol Energy Center. I couldn’t tell you how the food was because I didn’t have any. Some guy was eating a sandwich next to us that I guess would be classified as a hoagie that looked pretty good though.
I can however tell you about the $4 24 oz. Molson special they had going, which was equal parts great and devastatingly dangerous. Then the night ended, as most nights do, at Mario’s, drinking what I can only imagine were $8 whiskey-gingers.
It’s the sole reason why this recap is getting posted so late.
Khem Birch got the start over Dante Taylor last night but Taylor shined in Pitts 80-69 win over Duquesne at Consol.
It’s not a knock on Birch (he’s still just a true freshman), I was just glad to see Taylor play so well. He played for 27 minutes and only picked up one foul, which was a questionable blacking call. Plus he had the highlight of the night when he sent home an alley oop from Tray Woodall in the second half and he finished with his first double-double in god knows how long.
The game was pretty sloppy and if it wasn’t for some timely three-point shooting the Dukes could have made a game out of it. Pitt had a retarded amount of turnovers, 23 to be exact, one of the highest since Dixon took over.
Pitt never really trailed in the game though and maintained roughly a 10-point lead the entire second half.
I don’t know why, but I thought there wasn’t going to be as many people in attendance as there was. Around 15,800, I’m pretty sure is what they said in the game which ended up being a city-game record.
Although Pitt got the win I thought they relied too heavily on their three-point shooting, which can get them in trouble in Big East Play.
Hopefully Taylor can maintain the level that he played at last night and Birch can continue to get better. The Panthers are going to need Taylor at the top of his game, along with the rest of the Panthers when they head to Knoxville on Saturday to play Tennessee.
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