Dukes Beat Bobcats, 96-91
Jan. 7, 2004
Duquesne shot 66.7 percent from the field and needed every bit of it to hold off Ohio in a wild 96-91 win at the Palumbo Center. The Dukes, who led 87-70 with 1:46 left, saw the Bobcats hit five of their school and Palumbo Center record 20 3-pointers in the final 1:26 to cut the lead to the final five-point margin.
Jon Pawlak led five Dukes in double figures with 15 points, but it was junior point guard Martin Osimani who made things go. Osimani, who received two stitches on the inside of his left eyelid following last Saturday's game at Richmond, was originally not expected to play vs. Ohio but was cleared early in the afternoon. Playing with protective goggles, the junior point guard tied the school record with 12 assists in 25 minutes as Duquesne assisted on 25 of 34 field goals.
The Dukes got out of the blocks quickly hitting 14-of-19 shots in building a 35-22 lead. Elijah Palmer, who finished with 14 points, scored eight in the first three-and-one-half minutes to jump start the Duquesne offense. Duquesne, which led by 14 at the half, built its lead to 22 on a Ryan Tricco 3-pointer at the 10:02 mark but could not relax as Ohio hit 15 second-half 3-pointers to stay within reach, but it was not enough as Duquesne shot 70.8 percent (17-of-24) over the second 20 minutes.
Thomas Stephens and Jaivon Harris, who hit six 3-pointers each, led the Bobcats with 28 and 22 points respectively. Ron Dokes, who went 6-of-6 from the field, joined Palmer with 14 points. Bryant McAllister and Ryan Tricco added 12 and 10 points respectively for DU.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee
On the play of Martin Osimani:
On the game in general:
On Saturday's game vs. No. 9 Saint Joseph's:
Duquesne junior point guard Martin Osimani: