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Dukes Topped By La Salle 71-55
Elijah Palmer led the Dukes with 14 points,  4 blocks, 3 steals and 5 rebounds,.
 
Elijah Palmer led the Dukes with 14 points, 4 blocks, 3 steals and 5 rebounds,.
 

Feb. 11, 2004

Box Score

Philadelphia, Pa. - Duquesne, down 57-54 with 5:31 left, missed its final eight field goal attempts in dropping a 71-55 decision at La Salle. The Dukes, which finished the game 1-of-14 from the 3-point arc, missed four 3-point attempts in the last 3:30 as the Explorers closed the game with a 14-1 run.

Gary Neal led three La Salle players in double figures with 21 points. Elijah Palmer and Bryant McAllister were the lone Dukes to reach double digits with 14 and 11 points respectively.

Duquesne, which never led in the game, tied the score at 44-44 on a Jon Pawlak put back with 10:31 left. La Salle, which scored 15 points off of nine second-half Duquesne turnovers, upped its lead to seven before the Dukes cut it to three on a Palmer jumper at the 5:31 mark. From that point on, the Dukes would score just one more point on a McAllister free throw with 1:38 left.

In addition to its problems from the 3-point arc, Duquesne converted just 4-of-10 free throws and finished the game with 18 turnovers. La Salle made good on 7-of-20 3-point attempts and converted 16-of-21 from the line.

Jimmy Tricco and Martin Osimani led the Dukes with six rebounds each. Osimani added a team-best five assists. Four different Duquesne players committed three or more turnovers as DU's 18 turnovers led to 19 La Salle points.

The Dukes' next game is at Dayton on Sunday, February `15th at 2:00 p.m. in an Atlantic 10 TV Network broadcast.

NOTES:

  • Martin Osimani (1-7) and Jimmy Tricco (1-5) were a combined 2-of-12 from the field
  • Elijah Palmer went 7-of-12 from the field with four dunks ... he also tied his career high with four blocked shots
  • The Dukes made a season-low one 3-pointer in shooting a season-worst 7.1 percent from the arc (1-of-14)
  • DU's free throw percentage (4-of-10, 40.0%) was also its lowest of the season
  • La Salle finished the game with a Duquesne opponent-high 13 steals
  • the Dukes outscored the Explorers 38-24 in the paint.

 

 

QUOTES:

Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:

"I'm very disappointed we didn't play better. Look at the stats and you can see. We had 18 turnovers, we made one of 14 3-pointers and went four for 10 from the foul line. Those kind of stats tell you how the game went. And we were still in it late. We're shooting the ball poorly and making bad decisions passing the ball. Right now we are our own worst enemy."
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