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Friday, December 21, 2007

Dejuan Blair is a beast

In case you missed it last night at Madison Square Garden, Pittsburgh rallied from down 16 points to defeat Duke 65-64 in Overtime in a truly fantastic game between a pair of top ten opponents. Levance Fields drained a three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left, and Pitt survived not only one Duke chance to win it, but a putback as well, as the Panthers remained unbeaten and sent the Blue Devils to their first loss.

The trifecta from just to the left of the head of the circle capped another Panther rally. Pittsburgh fell behind 31-15 in the first half as nothing was going right for the Big East school. But they chipped away at the lead and had it down to 5 with 11:11 remaining but before you knew it Duke was up double figures again. The Blue Devils scored five in a row to stretch it back to 10 with just over nine minutes left.

However, Pitt would not be denied. Dejuan Blair, the talented undersized freshman, scored five points in a 10-0 run to knot it at 48-all. Blair finished the game with 15 points and 18 rebounds. The teams battled relentlessly down the stretch and overtime was the just outcome.

In overtime, Duke took the lead on DeMarcus Nelson's conventional three-point play with 1:18 left. Leading by one with 21 seconds left, Kyle Singler made only one of two free throws leaving the light on for Duke and Fields buried the jumper.

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