Duquesne Wins First Road Game 72-55 At Rhode Island
Jan. 21, 2004
Kingston, R.I. - Jack Higgins scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Duquesne to a 72-55 win at Rhode Island. The win, the sixth in DU's last eight games, evened the Dukes' record at 8-8 and also lifted Duquesne above .500 in conference play at 3-2.
Duquesne jumped on the Rams early, forcing URI to miss 12 of its first 15 shots in building a 25-10 lead. The Dukes led by 12 with just over a minute left before Rhode Island closed the half with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 35-30 on a Dustin Hellenga 3-pointer with :02 left.
URI took its first lead of the game at 38-37 on a Hellenga layup with 16:20 left. The lead changed hands four times in the next three minutes before Higgins took over. With the score tied 43-43, Higgins scored DU's next 14 points in a span of 3:54 to make the score 57-47. Higgins, who connected on 6-of-8 shots in the second half, hit two of his four 3-pointers during the outburst. Rhode Island managed to briefly cut the lead to seven before Elijah Palmer, who added 19 points for the Dukes, hit a 3-pointer to make the score 60-50 with 6:34 left. URI would get no closer the rest of the way as the Dukes closed the game with a 12-5 run.
Ron Dokes hit 7-of-9 shots from the field in scoring 15 for the Dukes. Dokes, who made all five of his first half field goal attempts, added a game-high 8 rebounds. Bryant McAllister handed out a game-high 6 assists for Duquesne.
Hellenga led Rhode Island with 15 points. DU, which shot 54.7 percent for the game, limited the Rams to an opponent season low 29.5 percent shooting. URI's 55 points were also the fewest by the DU opponent this season.
Duquesne stays on the road and will take on George Washington (9-7, 3-2) on Saturday, January 24 at 4 p.m. at the Colonials' Smith Center. The game will be televised on Atlantic 10 TV network.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee
Duquesne senior center Ron Dokes
Duquesne sophomore guard Jack Higgins on scoring 14 consecutive points in the second half