Dukes Tripped Up By Spiders, 69-66

Jan 3, 2004

Box Score

RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Dobbins and Mike Skrocki combined for 10 points in the final minute to erase a four-point Duquesne lead and give the Spiders a 69-66 Atlantic 10-opening win over the Dukes at Richmond.

Duquesne, which led by as many as 15 early in the second half, was up 63-59 with under a minute left when Dobbins hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one. Dobbins then stole the inbounds pass and called timeout while falling out of bounds with 51 seconds on the clock. On the ensuing possession Skrocki, who finished with a game-high 24 points, hit a 3-pointer to put the Spiders up 65-63. Duquesne's Jack Higgins missed a 3-pointer at the other end before Dobbins was intentionally fouled by Jon Pawlak and hit a pair of free throws to make the score 67-63 with 20 seconds left.

DU's Jimmy Tricco hit a 3-pointer from the deep left corner with 12 seconds left before Skrocki was fouled one second later. Skrocki hit both free throws to give Richmond a 69-66 lead. On Duquesne's final possession, Bryant McAllister looked to draw contact on a 3-point attempt, but did not get a call as time expired.

McAllister, who was forced to play the majority of the game at the point, tied his career high with 7 assists while tying Ron Dokes for team scoring honors with 11 points. Kieron Achara and Jimmy Tricco added 10 each.

The Dukes were forced to play without starting point guard Martin Osimani, who left the game seven minutes in with an eye abrasion. Leading scorer and rebounder Elijah Palmer fouled out with 4:55 left in the physical contest Palmer scored 6 points for the Dukes.



Duquesne, which trailed by three with under six minutes left in the first half, went on a 10-0 run to take a 25-18 lead with two minutes remaining. DU upped the lead to eight on three Kieron Achara free throws with under 20 seconds left before Skrocki cut the lead to 28-22 at the half.

The Dukes outscored the Spiders 12-3 in the opening three minutes of the second half to take a brief 40-25 lead Dobbins, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, finished the game with 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Skrocki and Dobbins combined for 35 of Richmond's 47 second-half points.

Duquesne outshot Richmond 41 percent to 36 percent. Ten of the Dukes' 15 turnovers came in the second half. Richmond won the battle of the boards 43-37.

NOTES: Achara scored all 10 of his points in the first half ... Osimani left the game with an eye abrasion seven minutes into the game and did not return .... there were a total of 45 fouls called in the game (24 on Duquesne and 21 on Richmond) ... McAllister's seven assists tied his career high ... Pawlak tied his career high with seven rebounds.

Quotes: Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:

"Our kids played as well as a Duquesne team can play. It was a heartbreaking loss. We countered and we made plays. We threw the kitchen sink at them defensively and had them off rhythm. We didn't get some calls and that was it." On losing point guard Martin Osimani to a first half eye injury: "Bryant hasn't practiced much at the point the last couple of weeks. He's been working at the two. He was put in a butcher sandwich out there. It is tough to play in a pressure cooker like this."

"We've played our best basketball on the road. We have to go home and make a statement."


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