Dukes Maul Minutemen, 88-62
Jan. 18, 2004
Jack Higgins came off the bench to score a game and career high 24 points in leading Duquesne to an 88-62 win over Massachusetts at the Palumbo Center. The 26-point margin of victory was DU's largest over the Minutemen since 1989.
Duquesne, which never trailed, led 40-33 at the half before opening the second half with a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach. UMass converted just one field goal over the first seven minutes of the second half, as Jimmy Tricco scored five of his six points in the first 2:30 to up the lead to 12. The Dukes pushed the lead to 21 on the first of back-to-back alley-oop dunks by Elijah Palmer with 12:20 left. UMass got no closer than 18 the rest of the way, with Duquesne's largest lead matching the final margin.
Higgins, who hit 6-of-7 3-point field goal attempts, scored 11 in the first half and 13 in the second half for the Dukes. Palmer finished with 16 and Bryant McAllister added 13 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds for DU. Freshman center Kieron Achara came off the bench to post his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. Achara, whose point total matched his career high and rebound total established a new career mark, also blocked 3 shots.
Duquesne shot 54.2 percent for the game, including a 9-of-18 effort from the 3-point arc. UMass, which was led by 16 points and 13 rebounds from Rashaun Freeman, shot 33.3 percent. The Minutemen struggled from the 3-point arc, hitting just 5-of-25.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:
Duquesne senior forward Elijah Palmer:
Duquesne sophomore guard Jack Higgins: