Dukes Lose to Visiting Spiders, 75-69
Jan. 18, 2003
For the second consecutive game, Duquesne rallied from a double-digit second half deficit only to fall short in a 75-69 loss to Richmond on Saturday. Duquesne trailed 53-37 before Bryant McAllister started a 16-0 Dukes run with a long 3-pointer. Five different DU players scored during the run capped by a Ron Dokes tip-in with 10:32 left that tied the game at 53-53.
Duquesne then took a 62-59 lead on a Dokes 3-pointer, before Richmond's Jeff Myers took over. Myers, who finished with a team high-tying 18 points, scored 11 in a row for the Spiders including 3-pointers on three straight possessions to give UR a 70-65 lead with 2:09 left.
Duquesne was able to cut the lead to three and had the ball with under a minute left before turning it over with 44 seconds on the clock. Richmond's Tony Dobbins, who tied Myers for UR scoring honors with 18, got a breakaway dunk off the inbounds pass with 23 seconds left to put the game away.
Richmond, on the strength of 60 percent shooting, led by as many as 18 in the first half. Duquesne was able to cut the lead to 11 at the half before the Spiders built their 16-point second half lead. DU held the Spiders scoreless for a 7:31 span while making their second half run.
Kevin Forney came off the bench to lead four Dukes in double figures with 19 points. Elijah Palmer and McAllister added 12 each for DU. Mike Skrocki and Patrick O'Malley added 16 and 14 respectively for Richmond. Duquesne, who shot 56.1 percent from the field was hurt by 21 turnovers that led to 30 Richmond points. Richmond made 9-of-26 second half field goal attempts to finish at 48.2 percent.
Last week, DU erased a 20-point second half deficit to take a one-point lead with a minute left in a 77-72 loss at Dayton.
The Dukes return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 21 as they travel to #23 Xavier (11-5, 3-1) for a 7:30 p.m. contest at the Cintas Center. The game can be heard on KQV-AM 1410 radio and over the internet at www.redzonemedia.com.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: