@DuqMBB Comes up Short at Davidson
Jan. 24, 2017
DAVIDSON, NC - Jack Gibbs scored 32 points, including 21 in the second half, as Davidson held off a furious Duquesne rally to defeat the Dukes, 74-60, before a sellout crowd at Belk Arena.
DU cut a 23-point halftime deficit to six, five times in the second half, but could get no closer before a crowd of 5,315 on hand to honor former Davidson standout and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, for whom the student section was named in a halftime ceremony.
Duquesne missed seven of its first eight shots in falling behind 12-2. DU continued to struggle from the field, finishing the half with six field goals in 27 attempts to trail 39-16.
DU, which turned it over 12 times in the opening 20 minutes, didn't reach double-digits until a Mike Lewis II free throw with 3:34 left.
The Dukes shook off the first half to outscore the Wildcats 15-4 to open the second half, cutting the lead to 43-31 on a Mike 3-pointer at the 13:36 mark.
DU matched its first half point total on a pair of Jordan Robinson free throws that made it 43-33 with 12:53 left.
Blackman followed with a layup to cut it to eight.
Gibbs answered with four straight points to make it a 12-point game.
The Dukes cut it to six twice, the first on a Blackman 3-pointer and again on a Mike 3-pointer, his third of the half, to make it 52-46 with 8:52 left.
DU had a chance to cut it to four when Tarin Smith came up with a steal, but missed a contested dunk at the other end.
The Dukes cut it to 58-52 on a Blackman bucket with 5:25 left, but Gibbs, who scored 19 of Davidson's 22 points over a 12 minute span of the half, hit a jumper and 3-pointer to push the lead back to 11.
Duquesne would get no closer than eight the rest of the way,
Duquesne heads to Richmond to face the Spiders on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Digital Network).
Duquesne shot 22.2 percent in the first half, and 45.5 percent in the second ... the Dukes outscored the Wildcats 15-3 in second chance points ... DU turned it over 12 times in the first half and six times in the second.
The win was Davidson's fifth-straight in the series.
Mike Lewis II had his streak of 14 double-digit scoring games snapped with 6 points in 35 minutes.