City Game

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The City Game
Pitt Panthers-Duquesne Dukes
CityGameLogo Pitt Duq 2011.jpg
Men's History
First meeting January 13, 1932
Last Meeting November 30, 2013
Last Result PITT: 84-67
Next Meeting TBA
Number of Meetings 82
All-Time Series PITT: 51-31
Largest DUQ victory 100-66 (12/9/1967)
Largest PITT victory 87-57 (12/4/2004)
Current Streak PITT: Won 13
Longest PITT Win Streak 13 (12/22/2001-11/30/2013)
Longest DUQ Win Streak 4 (3 times)
Last ten games PITT: 10-0
Women's History
First meeting December 6, 1974
Last Meeting December 8, 2012
Last Result DUQ: 70-61
Next Meeting TBA
Number of Meetings 31
All-Time Series PITT: 19-12
Largest PITT victory 91-32 (12/6/1974)
Largest DUQ victory 70-57 (12/28/2011)
Current Streak DUQ: Won 4
Longest PITT Win Streak 13 (12/6/1974-11/30/1994)
Longest DUQ Win Streak 5 (11/29/2000-12/7/2004)
Last ten games DUQ: 6-4

The City Game is an annual college basketball game between the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the Duquesne University Dukes. The term "City Game" is also used refer to women's basketball games played annually between the two universities and may also be used to refer to other athletic competitions between the two schools.

History[edit]

The City Game trophy, presented to the winner by Dapper Dan Charities of Pittsburgh, on display at the Petersen Events Center at the University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh's Don Hennon drives around Duquesne University's Bob Slobbodnik during a 71-56 Pitt victory in the Steel Bowl tournament on December 13, 1958

The basketball series was first played in 1932. The cross-town rivalry between the two schools intensified quickly, and the development of bad blood between the two schools on the basketball court and in the boxing ring led to the cessation of series following the 1939 game until it was renewed in 1953.[1] The rivalry reached its peak when both schools again found themselves members of the same athletic conference, the Eastern 8 (originally named the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League in its first season of 1976-77, formally the Eastern Athletic Association, and renamed the Atlantic 10 Conference following the 1981-82 season), from 1976–1982. During this period, the head coaches of Pitt and Duquesne, Tim Grgurich and Mike Rice respectively, were alumni of their schools and had played against each other in the 1960s. There was genuine dislike between coaches and players, and during these contests fights frequently broke out between players, and sometimes among fans.[2][3] The series of games between the schools during the years that both were members of the Eastern 8 was won by Pitt 9-7. Duquesne and Pitt have met once in post-season play, not including two Eastern 8 Tournament games, which resulted in a 65-63 Duquesne victory over the Panthers in the first round of the 1980 NIT at the Civic Arena. However, the competitiveness of the series has waned since PItt left for the Big East Conference beginning in the 1982-83 season as Pitt has now won 31 of the last 34 games.[4]

Location[edit]

The location of the City Game has varied between both on-campus and off-campus venues for both schools and throughout their history, they have also shared venues to use as their home floor. Both Pittsburgh and Duquesne used the Pitt Pavilion, located inside of Pitt Stadium, for their home games until January 28, 1939 when Pitt's director of athletics Jimmy Hagan announced a cessation of basketball relations with Duquesne following the development of bad blood between the schools on the court.[1] The series returned in 1953 at Pitt's home floor, Fitzgerald Field House, that had opened in 1951. This facility on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh would serve as the home floor of the Panthers through the opening of the Petersen Events Center in 2002, although Pitt played select home games at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in the 1980s and 1990s. Duquesne also used Fitzgerald Field House as its home floor following the demolition of its home court, John Harris Gardens, in 1956. Duquesne began playing games in the Civic Arena as early as December 1961 and subsequently switched to using the Civic Arena as its primary home floor between 1964–88. Duquesne moved into a new on-campus home at the A. J. Palumbo Center beginning in the 1988-89 season. The series then rotated on a yearly basis between the on-campus venues of the Petersen Events Center and the A. J. Palumbo Center.

In 2009, the game returned to Mellon Arena and was the last basketball game played at that venue (not counting a Harlem Globetrotters game on December 26, 2009). Pitt rallied from trailing by 16 to winning 67-58 in double overtime. It was the first multiple overtime game in the series' history.

Upon the opening of the Consol Energy Center in 2010, the game will be held annually at that site. Each team has an exclusive locker room in the new facility.[5]

Men's game results[edit]

Duquesne victories are shaded ██ red. Pittsburgh victories shaded in ██ blue.

# Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
1 1932-01-13  Pitt Pavilion  Duquesne     28 Pittsburgh           21 DUQ 1-0
2 1933-01-13 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 26 Pittsburgh 25 DUQ 2-0
3 1933-02-17 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 25 Pittsburgh 24 DUQ 3-0
4 1934-01-12 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 30 Pittsburgh 29 DUQ 4-0
5 1934-02-06 Pitt Pavilion Pittsburgh 31 Duquesne 29 DUQ 4-1
6 1935-01-04 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 27 Pittsburgh 25 DUQ 5-1
7 1935-02-08 Pitt Pavilion Pittsburgh 35 Duquesne 34 DUQ 5-2
8 1936-02-08 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 54 Pittsburgh 42 DUQ 6-2
9 1936-02-18 Pitt Pavilion Pittsburgh 46 Duquesne 41 DUQ 6-3
10 1937-02-10 Pitt Pavilion Pittsburgh 51 Duquesne 50 DUQ 6-4
11 1937-02-24 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 32 Pittsburgh 31* DUQ 7-4
12 1938-01-12 Pitt Pavilion Pittsburgh 35 Duquesne 28 DUQ 7-5
13 1938-02-23 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 39 Pittsburgh 37 DUQ 8-5
14 1939-01-28 Pitt Pavilion Duquesne 40 Pittsburgh 29 DUQ 9-5
15 1953-12-12 Fitzgerald Field House Duquesne 79 Pittsburgh 43# DUQ 10-5
16 1955-12-10 Fitzgerald Field House Duquesne 71 Pittsburgh 49 DUQ 11-5
17 1956-12-15 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 59 Duquesne 50 DUQ 11-6
18 1957-12-14 Fitzgerald Field House Duquesne 81 Pittsburgh 64 DUQ 12-6
19 1958-12-13 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 71 Duquesne 56 DUQ 12-7
20 1959-12-12 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 75 Duquesne 44 DUQ 12-8
21 1960-12-17 Fitzgerald Field House Duquesne 80 Pittsburgh 66 DUQ 13-8
22 1961-12-16 Civic Arena Duquesne 73 Pittsburgh 70 DUQ 14-8
23 1962-12-15 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 85 Duquesne 59 DUQ 14-9
24 1963-12-07 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 69 Duquesne 67 (OT) DUQ 14-10
25 1966-12-10 Civic Arena Duquesne 72 Duquesne 65 DUQ 15-10
26 1967-12-09 Civic Arena Duquesne 100 Pittsburgh 66 DUQ 16-10
27 1968-12-07 Civic Arena Duquesne 57 Pittsburgh 42 DUQ 17-10
28 1970-12-29 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 70 Duquesne 58 DUQ 17-11
29 1971-12-30 Civic Arena Duquesne 87 Duqusne 67 DUQ 18-11
30 1972-12-08 Civic Arena Duquesne 67 Pittsburgh 61 DUQ 19-11
31 1973-12-07 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 82 Duquesne 65 DUQ 19-12
32 1974-12-06 Civic Arena Duquesne 100 Pittsburgh 94 DUQ 20-12
33 1975-12-05 Civic Arena Duquesne 75 Pittsburgh 74 DUQ 21-12
34 1976-12-11 Civic Arena Duquesne 79 Pittsburgh 78 DUQ 22-12
35 1977-02-12 Fitzgerald Field House Duquesne 66 Pittsburgh 63 (OT) DUQ 23-12
36 1977-02-27 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 64 Duquesne 56 DUQ 23-13
37 1978-02-05 Civic Arena Duquesne 88 Pittsburgh 66 DUQ 24-13
38 1978-02-22 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 72 Duquesne 65 DUQ 24-14
39 1979-02-01 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 89 Duquesne 83 DUQ 24-15
40 1979-02-17 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 60 Duquesne 54 DUQ 24-16
41 1980-01-16 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 55 Duquesne 53 DUQ 24-17
42 1980-02-10 Civic Arena Duquesne 67 Pittsburgh 66 DUQ 25-17
43 1980-03-06 Civic Arena Duquesne 65 Pittsburgh 63 DUQ 26-17
44 1981-02-04 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 60 Duquesne 53 DUQ 26-18
45 1981-02-15 Civic Arena Duquesne 66 Pittsburgh 64 DUQ 27-18
46 1981-03-07 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 64 Duquesne 60 DUQ 27-19
47 1982-01-14 Fitzgerald Field House Duquesne 72 Pittsburgh 62 DUQ 28-19
48 1982-02-14 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 69 Duquesne 68 DUQ 28-20
49 1982-03-02 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 66 Duquesne 64 DUQ 28-21
50 1982-11-30 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 62 Duquesne 53 DUQ 28-22
51 1983-12-27 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 64 Duquesne 59 DUQ 28-23
52 1984-01-14 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 75 Duquesne 69 DUQ 28-24
53 1985-02-04 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 77 Duquesne 61 DUQ 28-25
54 1986-01-20 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 95 Duquesne 76 DUQ 28-26
55 1987-01-12 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 102 Duquesne 77 DUQ 28-27
56 1988-01-11 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 85 Duquesne 58 Tied 28-28
57 1988-12-19 Palumbo Center Duquesne 80 Pittsburgh 76 DUQ 29-28
58 1989-12-18 Fitzgerald Field House Pittsburgh 92 Duquesne 87 Tied 29-29
59 1990-12-19 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 84 Duquesne 65 PITT 30-29
60 1992-01-06 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 93 Duquesne 69 PITT 31-29
61 1992-12-19 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 102 Duquesne 91 PITT 32-29
62 1993-12-30 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 77 Duquesne 66 PITT 33-29
63 1994-12-19 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 76 Duquesne 72 PITT 34-29
64 1995-11-29 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 84 Duquesne 73^ PITT 35-29
65 1996-12-21 Civic Arena Pittsburgh 75 Duquesne 73 PITT 36-29
66 1998-02-05 Civic Arena Duquesne 80 Pittsburgh 69 PITT 36-30
67 1999-01-25 Mellon Arena Pittsburgh 65 Duquesne 60 PITT 37-30
68 1999-12-20 Mellon Arena Pittsburgh 74 Duquesne 56 PITT 38-30
69 2000-12-21 Mellon Arena Duquesne 71 Pittsburgh 70 PITT 38-31
70 2001-12-22 Mellon Arena Pittsburgh 78 Duquesne 63 PITT 39-31
71 2002-11-23 Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh 82 Duquesne 67 PITT 40-31
72 2003-12-03 Palumbo Center Pittsburgh 59 Duquesne 45 PITT 41-31
73 2004-12-04 Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh 87 Duquesne 57 PITT 42-31
74 2005-12-07 Palumbo Center Pittsburgh 71 Duquesne 60 PITT 43-31
75 2006-12-06 Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh 73 Duquesne 56 PITT 44-31
76 2007-12-05 Palumbo Center Pittsburgh 73 Duquesne 68 PITT 45-31
77 2008-12-03 Petersen Events Center Pittsburgh 78 Duquesne 51 PITT 46-31
78 2009-12-02 Mellon Arena Pittsburgh 67 Duquesne 58 (2OT) PITT 47-31
79 2010-12-01 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh 80 Duquesne 66 PITT 48-31
80 2011-11-30 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh 80 Duquesne 69 PITT 49-31
81 2012-12-05 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh 66 Duquesne 45 PITT 50-31
82 2013-11-30 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh 84 Duquesne 67 PITT 51-31

Where there are discrepancies between game scores, the score provided in the table is the one provided by sources from the winning team.
* This game is listed as a Duquesne victory with a score of 31-30 in the Pitt media guide.
# This game is listed as a Duquesne victory with a score of 75-46 in the Pitt media guide.
^This game is listed as a Pittsburgh victory with a score of 84-74 in the Duquesne media guide.

Women's basketball[edit]

The women's basketball City Game series dates to 1974 when the University of Pittsburgh resurrected its women's varsity athletic program. The Pitt women's 91-32 win against Duquesne in the 1974 Pitt Tournament marked its first game and victory of the modern era since the program had been on hiatus at the close of the 1926–1927 season. Including the 1974 win, Pitt dominated the early series winning the first 13 games. The game has sometimes been played as a double header with the men's game and has been played three times at the Civic Arena in 1995, 1996, and 1998. Pitt leads the series 19-12 and was the winner of four straight prior to the Dukes winning four in a row since 2009.

Baseball[edit]

The baseball contest between the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University was often referred to as the baseball version of the City Game and was sometimes played at special venues including Major League Baseball's PNC Park. The first collegiate baseball game at PNC Park was played on May 6, 2003, between Pittsburgh and Duquesne.[6] Duquesne won the game by a score of 2–1.[7] Following the 2010 season, Duquesne discontinued its varsity baseball program, bringing the City Game baseball series to an end.[8] The PNC Park City Game series ended in Pitt's favor, four games to two, with the 2007 game canceled because of poor field conditions.[9][10][11] The final City Game baseball series was split with Pitt winning an April 14, 2010 game at Trees Field 21-9,[12] and Duquesne, oddly serving as the home team at Pitt's Trees Field, winning the final meeting, 10-9, on May 12, 2010. The all-time series between the schools ended in Pitt's favor, 58-22-1.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sam Sciullo Jr., 100 Years of Pitt Basketball, 2005, Sports Publishing L.L.C., Champaign, IL, pg. 22, ISBN 1-59670-081-5, accessdate=2008-12=03
  2. ^ Sam Sciullo Jr., 100 Years of Pitt Basketball, 2005, Sports Publishing L.L.C., Champaign, IL, pg. 68, ISBN 1-59670-081-5
  3. ^ Perrotto, John (2009-12-02). "Pitt, Duquesne play final City Game at Mellon". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2008-12-03). "The City Game ... not what it used to be for Pitt or Duquesne basketball". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  5. ^ http://pittnews.com/newsstory/pitt-has-own-locker-room-in-consol-energy-center/
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Baseball Falls to Duquesne, 2-1, at PNC Park". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2003-05-06. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  7. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (2003-05-07). "Pitcher's big-league effort lifts Duquesne past Pitt, 2-1". Duquesne/Atlantic 10 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Duquesne U. To Save $1M By Cutting 4 Varsity Sports". Associated Press. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  9. ^ Axelrod, Phil (2008-04-17). "Baseball: Three freshmen step up as Panthers rout Dukes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  10. ^ Axelrod, Phil (2005-04-15). "Baseball: Pitt, Duquesne to treat game like exhibition". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  11. ^ "Panthers Fall to Duquesne, 5-2 at PNC Park". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  12. ^ "Joe Leonard Hits for the Cycle in 21-9 Pitt Win Over Duquesne". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  13. ^ "Panthers Drop Final City Game to Duquesne, 10-9". PittsburghPanthers.com. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 

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