Dukes Topped By La Salle, 84-72
Feb. 8, 2003
In a game of spurts, it was La Salle's 19-3 second-half run that was the difference in an 82-74 win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center.
Duquesne, who trailed by one at the half, scored 11 of the first 13 points of the second half to take a 50-40 lead with 14:39 left. Jimmy Tricco, who finished with a game and career-high 23 points, hit two of his seven 3-pointers to key the run. It was then that La Salle took over.
David Bell, who led La Salle with 20 points, hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to pull the Explorers to within five. Steven Smith's 3-pointer tied the game at 52-52 with 11:54 left. Bell then added a layup and a jumper before Gary Neal capped the run with a 3-pointer to give La Salle a 59-53 lead with 9:50 remaining.
Duquesne managed to cut the lead to five on a Tricco 3-pointer with 5:35 left, but could get no closer as La Salle hit 11-of-15 free throws down the stretch.
DU junior Elijah Palmer (Marshall, Mo. / Marshall / Kennedy-King College) poured in 14 and grabbed nive rebounds, senior Kevin Forney (Philadelphia, Pa. / Philadelphia Christian Academy) added 11 and senior Brad Midgley (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Canevin) 10 points along with four blocked shots. Freshman Bryant McAllister had a team-best five assists and game and career-best five steals.
La Salle, who was 0-of-4 from the 3-point arc in the first half, converted 3-of-8 in the second half. The Explorers dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Dukes 43-26. Neal and Smith added 19 points each for La Salle, with Smith pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds. Jermaine Thomas contributed 13 points and a game and career-best nine assists.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee
Duquesne guard Brad Midgley
Duquesne guard Jimmy Tricco
The Dukes are off for a week before traveling to New York for an interdivisional matchup with Fordham (2-18, 1-8) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m.
CORRECTION -- Earlier reports incorrectly indicated that Jimmy Tricco had tied a Duquesne record of seven three-pointers in one game. The record is actually eight, set by Tony Petrarca (1987-90) in the Dec. 18, 1989, game against Pitt, when he shot 8 for 12 from behind the arc.