Dukes Topple Temple, 61-54
Jan. 8, 2003
Elijah Palmer scored a career high 20 points to lead Duquesne to a 61-54 win over Temple at the Palumbo Center. The win, Duquesne's first over the Owls since the 1994-95 season, ended an eight-game Temple series win streak.
The Dukes, who came into the game averaging 21.4 turnovers per game, turned it over a season-low 14 times against the Temple zone, while limiting the Owls to 32.1 percent from the field. Duquesne closed the first half with a 12-2 run, keyed by a Bryant McAllister 3-pointer and a pair of dunks by Palmer, to erase a 15-10 Temple lead and take a 22-17 advantage.
The Dukes maintained the lead until Temple's David Hawkins hit a 3-pointer with 6:58 left to tie the score at 42-42. Duquesne's Kevin Forney - who scored all 11 of his points in the second half - hit a 3-pointer following a timeout with 3:57 left to give the Dukes a 51-46 lead. Jimmy Tricco then came up with back-to-back steals that led to a Palmer dunk and a Ron Dokes free throw to extend the lead to 54-46 with 2:31 to go.
Duquesne hit 5-of-7 free throws over the last 1:13 to seal the win. Temple struggled against Duquesne's defense, hitting just 6-of-27 3-point attempts and turning it over 16 times. Palmer hit 8-of-13 shots from the field including four dunks and a 3-pointer. McAllister added 11 points for the Dukes, who hit 7-of-15 3-point attempts. Hawkins scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to lead the Owls.
NOTES: The win was Duquesne's first over the Owls since a 62-55 victory at Philadelphia on Jan. 30, 1995 ... the DU win ended an eight-game Temple series win streak ... Palmer topped his career scoring high for the second time in Duquesne's last five games ... DU had fewer turnovers than its opponent for the first time this season (16-14) ... Duquesne shot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I'm proud of our team, it was a gutsy effort. In the second half when Temple made its run we didn't crack. We didn't melt under pressure and beat ourselves. They have good players. We were contesting a lot of shots on the defensive end.
"We needed this badly. We need to defend our home court.
"I thought Elijah Palmer was off the Richter Scale. He rebounded, made a 3-pointer, played defense. He even blocked a 7-footer's [Temple's Keith Butler] shot. I thought he played at a very high level."