Dukes Stung by Spiders, 71-51

Feb. 7, 2004

Box Score

Richmond limited Duquesne to its worst shooting performance of the year in handing the Dukes a 71-51 defeat at the Palumbo Center. Duquesne, which converted just 13-of-40 shots from the field, was also dominated on the glass as the Spiders enjoyed a 46-26 edge. Mike Skrocki led four Richmond players in double figures with 11 points. Martin Osimani led Duquesne with 10 points.

Richmond, which led 31-24 at the half, took a 13-point lead on a Patrick O'Malley 3-pointer with just over 15 minutes remaining. Duquesne managed to cut the lead to eight on an Elijah Palmer free throw with just under nine minutes on the clock. The Dukes then turned it over on three consecutive possessions as Richmond capitalized to take a 59-44 lead with 7:26 to go. DU would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Richmond, which finished the game with 21 offensive rebounds, enjoyed a 23-5 edge in second-chance points. Five different Spiders posted five or more rebounds led by Tony Dobbins with eight. Duquesne leading scorer Elijah Palmer, who came into the game averaging 15.4 ppg., was limited to just two field goal attempts in scoring five points.

DU guards Bryant McAllister, Jack Higgins and Osimani were a combined 3-of-20 from the field. Duquesne as a team shot 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from the 3-point arc in posting its lowest point total since a 59-45 loss to Pitt on December 3.

The Red and Blue return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 11 as they travel to La Salle for a 7:00 pm contest.


  • Duquesne's 32.5 percent shooting performance was its worst of the year
  • DU, which went 21-of-31 from the line, finished the game with just 13 field goals
  • Richmond outscored the Dukes 28-14 in the paint and 23-5 in second chance points
  • DU was also held without a fast break point.




Duquesne head coach Danny Nee

"I thought they manhandled us. They are a big, strong team. They grind it out. Rebounding, second shots and points in the paint were the key. They did a great job with it."

Duquesne junior point guard Martin Osimani

"We knew they were going to be a physical team. We just couldn't execute. I personally take fault because we couldn't keep it together and execute our offense. I'm disappointed I let us slip a little. We kept taking rushed shots and that didn't give us an opportunity to win. There are no eight-point plays in basketball."


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