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Panthers falter without Artis, drop first City Game since 2000

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Michael Young reacts in the final moments of Friday night's loss. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Michael Young placed his hands on his head and stared blankly through the raucous Duquesne student section, searching for an answer to how Pitt unraveled against an inexperienced opponent.

The Dukes' roster of freshmen, inexperienced holdovers and a graduate transfer frustrated the Panthers to no end and Young -- who was ineffective for 20 minutes Friday night -- could not believe how a week that began with promise ended in such disarray.

Duquesne overcame a 10-point deficit late in the first half with a rugged defensive performance to capture the program's first City Game title since 2000, dropping the Panthers, who were playing without Jamel Artis, 64-55, at PPG Paints Arena.