La Salle Snaps #DUQMBB Win Streak at Five, 75-56
Jan. 12, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Tyreek Duren scored a game-high 23 points and La Salle held Duquesne to season-low 56 points in ending the Dukes' win streak at five with a 75-56 victory at Palumbo Center.
Tyrone Garland (17 points) and Steve Zack (13 points and 11 rebounds) also reached double figures for the Explorers (9-6, 2-0) who hit 10 3-pointers - including four by Duren.
La Salle shot .609 in the second half and .529 for the game.
The Dukes, who had just six second-half field goals, missed five of their first six shots as the Explorers built their 35-30 halftime lead to nine.
La Salle stretched the lead to 12 on a Duren 3-pointer just over four minutes into the half. A steal and layup by Duren - who had 14 in the second half - made it 55-40. Sam Mills and Duren hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the shot clock to up the lead to 65-47 as the Dukes, who came into the game averaging 79 points per game, struggled to score.
The La Salle lead reached 21 on two occasions in the waning minutes.
"I thought it was a tale of two halves for us," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "I thought we played well in the first half, played really hard and got the lead. In the second half, we couldn't throw it in the ocean. Give them credit, I thought they defended really well."
There were four ties and eight lead changes in a first half that ended with La Salle ahead 35-30. Neither team led by more than five in the opening 20 minutes.
"We started pressing a little bit offensively," said Ferry of the Dukes who scored a season-low 26 second-half points. "I think you saw in the second half that it was an experienced team that went to the Sweet 16 with four starters back and a young team trying to really find ourselves right now."
Duquesne heads to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph's (10-5, 1-1) in the first of back-to-back road games on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Following the SJU game, the Dukes will travel to Richmond to face VCU in a CBSSN nationally televised game on Saturday, Jan. 18.
This was just the third time this season the Dukes finished with fewer assists than turnovers (8-14) ... the others were in losses to West Virginia (10-16) and Robert Morris (12-14) ... the 8 assists were a season low.
Senior forward Ovie Soko saw his streak of consecutive 20-point games snapped at five ... Soko went 3-of-15 in finishing with 12 points.
Duquesne heads to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph's (10-5, 1-1) in the first of back-to-back road games on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Following the SJU game, the Dukes will travel to Richmond to face VCU in a CBSSN nationally televised game on Saturday, Jan. 18. DU's next home game is Wednesday, Jan. 22 vs. Saint Louis.