Dukes Fall to Visiting Xavier, 73-65
Feb. 9, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Isaiah Philmore and Semaj Christon scored 16 points each and Travis Taylor added 13 points and 12 rebounds as Xavier (13-9, 6-3) extended Duquesne's losing streak to 11 with a 73-65 win at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Dukes, who rallied from a 33-26 halftime deficit to take a 47-37 lead with under 13 minutes left, remained winless in Atlantic 10 play (7-16, 0-9).
Duquesne, which trailed 33-26 at the half, turned three early Xavier turnovers into five fast break points to battle back to tie it at 35-35 on a Winters drive just under four minutes into the second half.
Xavier answered with a 21-4 run of its own to take a 58-51 lead with 5:40 left. Philmore scored nine and Christon six as Duquesne missed nine consecutive shots.
DU cut it to five with Jerry Jones at the line for a one-and-one with 4:35 left. Jones missed, and from that point on it was all Xavier, as the Musketeers scored on a dunk by Taylor and a Justin Martin putback to build the lead back to nine.
DU managed to cut it to five twice in the final 1:11, but the Musketeers hit 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
"I'm a big believer in `you don't get up 10 and stop playing,' you just do what you were doing, well, and continue to do it," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "We still had some good shots, but the shots stopped going down. I really felt like it was more Xavier just imposing their will. [Xavier coach] Chris [Mack] went with three bigs. I hadn't seen them do that much all year. They just pounded it inside and went to the offensive glass and they hurt us on that. It wasn't like we stopped guarding.
Duquesne, which started three freshmen for the first time this season, jumped out to a 14-9 lead. The Dukes fell behind by three before Xavier put together an 11-7 run to take a 33-26 lead at the half. DU missed eight of 10 shots over the final 6:35 during the XU run.
Martin scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half for Xavier.
"The freshmen have been playing really well this year - really hard, really aggressively," said Ferry. "I just felt it was time to give these guys an opportunity to start together."
Duquesne begins a stretch of three games in six days at Temple on Thursday, Feb. 14. The Dukes return home to face Rhode Island on the 16th before heading to nationally-ranked Butler on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Butler game will be televised locally by ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
The last time Duquesne opened Atlantic 10 play 0-9 was in 1998-99 (0-13) in head coach Darelle Porter's first season ... the last time DU lost nine conference games in a row was 2005-06 & 2006-07 (last nine games of 2006 under Danny Nee and first of 2007 under Ron Everhart) ... DU's 11-game overall losing streak is its longest since a 17-game streak during the 1998-99 (5-23) season.
Duquesne started three freshmen (Derrick Colter, Jeremiah Jones and Quevyn Winters) for the first time this season ... it was the first career start for Winters ... Winters finished with 19 points, Jones had 11 and Colter 8 ... Winters, who tied his career scoring high, also finished with a career-high four assists ... Jones set a new career high with seven rebounds.
Andre Marhold contributed nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench ... it was his third double-digit rebound game of the season.
Xavier, which turned it over three times in the first four minutes of the second half, did not turn it over the rest of the game.
Duquesne was outscored 32-18 in the paint.
There were six ties and four lead changes ... Xavier's largest lead was 11 (with 1:00 left in the first half) ... Duquesne's largest lead was 10 (with 12:34 left in the game).