Dukes Bitten By Spiders, 62-48
Jan. 11, 2006
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Richmond broke open a close game with a 14-2 run to start the second half and pulled away for a 62-48 win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center. The victory evened Richmond's Atlantic 10 record at 1-1 (8-7 overall), while Duquesne, loser of six in a row, dropped to 2-12 overall and 0-3 in A-10 play.
Kevin Steenburge and Jermaine Bucknor led four Spiders in double figures with 12 points each. Bryant McAllister led Duquesne with a game-high 19. Chauncey Duke was the next-highest DU scorer with eight.
Richmond, which led 30-28 at the half, scored the first seven points of the second half to build a nine-point lead. Duquesne missed 13 of its first 14 shots of the second half with Sean McKeon's layup at the 17:31 mark standing as the Dukes' lone field goal in the first 8:02.
DU briefly cut the UR lead to seven on a McAllister layup with 10:12 to go, but Richmond answered with an 8-0 run to build a 55-40 lead with just under five minutes left. Duquesne would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Richmond, outshot Duquesne 56.5 percent to 26.7 percent in the second half. The first half, which featured six ties and eight lead changes, was a different story as the two teams traded baskets with Duncan McLean's 3-pointer at the 1:13 mark giving Richmond its halftime lead. McLean's bucket erased Duquesne's last lead of the evening. Duquesne shot 33.3 percent for the game, while Richmond finished at 47.9 percent.
NOTES: Duquesne was without starting forward DeVario Hudson who was held out of the game while he undergoes precautionary cardiac testing ... he will be out indefinitely ... Hudson's absence left the Dukes with an eight-man roster ... freshman Ronnie Thomas, who did not practice on Tuesday because of bruised ribs, managed to play 15 minutes wearing a brace and padding to protect the injury ... Duquesne, which was outscored by 12 in the second half, has now been outscored by a combined 130-79 in the second halves of its first three conference games ... Keith Gayden (1-of-6) and Aaron Jackson (1-of-9) were a combined 2-of-15 from the field ... Jackson did have a team-high four assists with zero turnovers ... Chauncey Duke led DU with seven rebounds ... Richmond's largest lead was 17 (59-42) at the 2:16 mark of the second half.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I've never had a team that's been decimated like this. If we have eight guys, then we have to use eight ... if its seven, it will be seven. Not having DeVario did hurt. He's a starter. Not having him screws up your rotation. But once you start the game, DeVario is not a factor, you just have to play. What alarms me is our opponent's shooting in the second half and our poor shooting in the second half. We've got to make shots.
"As Bryant McAllister goes, we go. But there have to be some co-stars."