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No. 24 Duke uses monster second half to topple Pitt

Jan 11, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA;Duke Blue Devils forward Dariq Whitehead(0) controls the ball as Pittsburgh Panthers guard Nike Sibande (22) defends during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Filipowski’s 28 points and 15 rebounds helped power No. 24 Duke’s second-half comeback in a 77-69 victory against visiting Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at Durham, N.C.

Duke turned a 12-point hole into a nine-point lead in a sterling second-half stretch.

Tyrese Proctor notched 14 points and Mark Mitchell added 10 for Duke (13-4, 4-2 ACC).

The Blue Devils used a 15-0 second-half run to storm into the lead. The Panthers were mired in a scoring drought of nearly seven minutes. It was 59-52 before Pittsburgh broke the string.

Jamarius Burton scored 16 points to lead Pitt (11-6, 4-2). Nelly Cummings scored 14 points, Nike Sibande added 11 and Blake Hinson had 10 points for the Panthers, who were coming off Saturday’s narrow home loss to Clemson.

This was a coaching matchup of Pittsburgh’s Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer, both former players and assistant coaches under retired Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke.

Filipowski, a freshman forward, shot 8-for-14 from the field and 11-for-13 on free throws.

Duke hammered the Panthers on the boards for a 51-28 rebounding advantage.

Filipowski’s three-point play cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 52-47. Dereck Lively II’s basket tied the score with more than 10 minutes to play.

By the time it was 64-55, Duke had scored eight consecutive points on free throws.

A 13-2 run for Pittsburgh produced a 26-14 lead and resulted in a Duke timeout. Burton had nine points by that mark.

Duke closed within 34-32 before Pittsburgh posted the next nine points prior to halftime. The Blue Devils didn’t score in the last 3:42 — missing their last six shots — and shot 30.3 percent from the field to go with 12 turnovers in the first half.

Pittsburgh made 56.7 percent of its first-half shots, helping overcome a 22-15 rebounding deficit.

Duke guard Jeremy Roach missed a second consecutive game after re-aggravating the toe injury he first suffered in late November.

–Field Level Media