Men's Hoops Fall To Xavier, 83-72
Feb. 13, 2005
Duquesne managed to cut the lead to four on a Kieron Achara bucket at the 6:40 mark, but Xavier answered with a 7-0 run to make the score 68-57. Duquesne would get no closer than eight the rest of the way. Bryant McAllister scored 15 of his team-high 21 in the second half for the Dukes. Kieron Achara was the only other Duke in double figures with 10.
Duquesne jumped out to an early 14-4 lead as Xavier misfired on its first five 3-point attempts. The Musketeers rallied to take their first lead of the game at 28-26 on a Josh Duncan 3-pointer at the 2:54 mark. The lead changed hands three times in the final four minutes of the half before Duncan, who finished with 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left that gave Xavier a 36-33 lead. It was then that Burrell took over.
Xavier outshot Duquesne 42.1 percent to 38.4 percent and enjoyed a 43-38 advantage on the glass. The big difference was at the free throw line where Xavier converted 27-of-33, while Duquesne, which entered the game ranked fifth nationally in free throw shooting percentage, hit just 9-of-14.
NOTES: Jack Higgins, who went 3-of-13 from the field, tied his career high with 8 rebounds for the Dukes ... Burrell's previous career high was 19 set in the first meeting with Duquesne and tied at Fordham ... Duquesne finished with four more field goals than the Musketeers, but was outscored 27-to-9 from the foul line ... Martin Osimani was credited with 7 of the Dukes' 12 assists ... Duquesne turned it over just 8 times ... DeVario Hudson and Kieron Achara finished with three blocks each for DU ... McAllister, who finished the game 8-of-21 from the field, missed his first five shots before rallying to hit 8 of his last 16 attempts ... he added four assists with just one turnover and a pair of steals.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "Stanley Burrell did an outstanding job, especially the way he played in the first few minutes of the second half. Sean has done a great job with him, because his [Burrell's] confidence is just rising. Some of those shots he was making were from 22 and 24 feet. He just got on a roll. We were very thorough in our preparation. We would have liked to have played more zone, but Burrell wouldn't let that happen. "Early on we made shots, and by the middle of the second half we started missing shots. Xavier played strong defense, especially around the basket."