Duquesne Falls To Rhode Island, 76-69
Jan. 19, 2005
Scott Hazelton scored 23 points to lead hot-shooting Rhode Island to a 76-69 win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center. The win, URI's first on the road, extended the Dukes' losing streak to four. Jack Higgins, in his second game back after missing three games with pneumonia, scored 20 off the bench to lead Duquesne.
Rhode Island, which entered the game shooting an Atlantic 10 worst 37.9 percent from the field, hit six of its first 14 shots in jumping out to a 24-11 lead. Duquesne, which missed 14 of its first 18 shots, cut the lead to six on a DeVario Hudson jumper with 2:03 left before the Rams answered with a 10-4 run to make the score 39-27 at the half. Parfait Bitee scored all 12 of his points in the first half including four of Rhode Island's seven 3-pointers.
Duquesne rallied behind Higgins and Bryant McAllister to cut the Rhode Island lead to one at 52-51 when Tyler Bluemling hit one of two free throws with 8:55 left. Will Daniels answered with a 3-pointer to up the lead to five. Duquesne again cut the lead to three on a pair of McAllister free throws with 2:43 left before Marcel Momplaisir scored and Hazelton converted a three-point play to up the lead to 69-62 with 1:47 left. The Rams built the lead to 12 on an Hazelton dunk with just under a minute left and coasted to the win. McAllister scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to help Duquesne get back in the game.
The Dukes shot 51.9 percent in the second half, but could not match Rhode Island which shot 58.3 percent over the final 20 minutes. The Rams finished the game a season-best 53.1 percent from the field. It was just the second time URI topped the 50 percent mark this season. Duquesne, which hit 6-of-13 second-half 3-point attempts, shot 43.9 percent for the game.