Dukes Topped By La Salle, 84-72

Feb. 8, 2003

Box Score

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.




  • In the first half, Duquesne answered a 12 point La Salle run with a 12-0 run of its own.
  • Bryant McAllister posted four of his career-high five steals in the first half,
  • Midgley blocked a career-high four shots (all in the first half).
  • La Salle outscored Duquesne from the foul line 31-15.


Duquesne head coach Danny Nee

"We just didn't play good enough defense. You have to get stops. We have to be able to contain and guard. We have not been able to find the chemistry to get five, six or seven guys playing well together. We just have to keep working at getting better."

Duquesne guard Brad Midgley

"Its frustrating coming off the Dayton game. We played well against a team that is in the top 30. I don't think the effort was there tonight. I think we are more talented than in past years. We're just not showing it in the win column right now."

Duquesne guard Jimmy Tricco

"I don't think we matched the intensity we had Wednesday night [vs. Dayton]. We needed to stop dribble penetration. We didn't respond to the challenge."

Post-Gazette | Tribune-Review | Philadelphia Inquirer | AP


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.


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