Dukes Humbled By Richmond, 84-47

Jan. 28, 2003

Box Score

Richmond (12-6, 6-1) jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the first four minutes and never let up in defeating Duquesne (7-13, 1-6) at the Robins Center, 84-47. Mike Skrocki led the Spiders with a game-high 20 points. Jeff Myers added 12 for Richmond. Brad Midgley and Kevin Forney were the only Dukes in double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Richmond came out on fire, connecting on 60 percent of its shots in the first half in building a lead that reached as many as 31 points. Duquesne did not reach double digits until Forney hit a lay-up with 6:05 to go in the half to make the score 32-10. The second half was more of the same, as the Dukes continued to struggle from the field against a physical Richmond defense. DU scored just five points - all on free throws - in the first eight-plus minutes of the second half before Elijah Palmer hit the Dukes' first field goal of the half with 11:49 left.

Richmond, who maintained at least a 30-point lead over the last 15 minutes of the game, outrebounded Duquesne 41-29. The Spiders also turned 18 DU turnovers into 27 points. Duquesne, who shot 31.3 percent from the field for the game, went 15-of-28 from the foul line.

The Dukes return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 as they travel to George Washington for a 4:00 pm tip-off.


  • Duquesne's starters combined for 23 points on 6-of-24 shooting
  • DU's 19 first-half points tied its season low set at Maryland and matched at Dayton
  • The Dukes didn't hit their first 3-pointer until the 9:15 mark of the second half


Duquesne head coach Danny Nee

"I'm disappointed in how we played. Richmond totally outplayed us in every facet of the game. We didn't respond to the physical nature of the game. They physically manhandled us. The guy that has carried us is Kevin Forney, and he got knocked around like a pinball.


"I learned a long time ago that its not what happened that matters. It is how you respond to it. We have to find a way to get ready for George Washington on Saturday."

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