Duquesne Falls To Temple, 68-62

Feb. 16, 2005

Box Score

Mardy Collins scored a game-high 29 points as Temple survived a second half long distance shooting barrage by Duquesne to escape with a 68-62 win over the Dukes at the Palumbo Center. Duquesne, which trailed 33-22 at the half , hit 10-of-21 3-pointers in the second 20 minutes to get back in the game.

Chauncey Duke, who made all four of his 3-pointers in the opening moments of the second half, single-handedly cut Temple's lead to six when he hit his final 3-pointer at the 13:08 mark. The Dukes then pulled within four when Higgins, who finished with a team-high 19 points, drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to make the score 45-41 with 10:41 to go. Temple's Antywane Robinson answered by hitting a 3-pointer and fast break layup off a Duquesne turnover to quickly make the score 50-41.

Temple maintained at least an eight-point lead until Higgins hit his sixth and final 3-pointer of the game with 1:19 left to make the score 61-54. Tyler Bluemling cut it to six with another 3-pointer with just under a minute left, but the Owls, who went 24-of-36 from the foul line, iced the game by hitting 5-of-8 free throws in the final 52 seconds. Duquesne, which outshot Temple 37.5 percent to 31.7 percent, and had five more field goals than the Owls, was outscored 24-to-2 from the foul line.

Temple, which turned the ball over just four times, turned 13 Duquesne turnovers into 19 points. The 6-foot-6 Collins, who hit 8-of-16 shots from the floor and went 11-of-14 from the foul line, added 8 rebounds and 3 steals for Temple. Duke finished with a career high-tying 12 for Duquesne. Keith Gayden came off the bench to tie his career high with 9 rebounds for the Dukes.

NOTES: Collins was 8-of-16 from the field ... the rest of Temple's team was a combined 11-of-44 (25.0%) ... Sean McKeon made his second career start in place of DeVario Hudson who was not in uniform due to a case of food poisoning ... it was the 11th different starting lineup used by the Dukes this year ... DU's 12 3-pointers made and 33 3-point attempts were both season highs ... the previous high for makes was 10 vs. Rhode Island and attempts was 25 vs. both Rhode Island and at Pittsburgh ... Temple did not have a turnover in the first half ... Duquesne's only lead was 2-0 at the game's outset ... Temple's largest lead was 14 points (33-19) with 1:47 left in the first half ... 10 of Duquesne's 15 second half field goals were 3-pointers ... Duke and Higgins combined for eight of the 10 (four each) ... DU outscored Temple 40-35 in the second half ... both teams shot 30 percent in the first half ... Temple finished the game 24-of-36 from the foul line, while Duquesne went 2-of-4 ... the Dukes outrebounded the Owls 46-42.



Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "Temple is a very solid basketball team. We came into the game with three goals, the first was to keep our turnovers under 10 and we had 13 - they had four. That's a lot of extra possessions. We also wanted to make 10 3-pointers, which we did, and rebound offensively. I think we outrebounded them 46-42. Our turnovers came at critical times. We made our run to get it to four in the second half, then they hit a three in the corner and we turned it over. That was a five-point swing right there and that was the game. We made some `threes' but we were never able to get to the free throw line. Mardy Collins can beat you off the dribble, with a pass or with a 3-pointer. He's a pro."

Temple head coach John Chaney: "I'd trade my team right now for Danny's team. They play together. They're good kids and they play hard. They're the kind of team that can cause some problems at the [Atlantic 10] tournament. They have just been inconsistent. Danny doesn't deserve the wrath of these fans. Teams need loyalty, not fans. Fans are the ones who are with you when you are winning. Loyalty is someone who is with you all of the time - when you're down. You can't mix loyalty with fans. I don't want fans near me, they stink. Fans are only there when you win. They're there when things are going well. Danny doesn't need fans. He needs loyal fans. He's a damn good coach. I don't have a good feeling beating a team like Danny's that played so hard. I like my players to compete."

Duquesne guard Jack Higgins: "I felt our defense was there the whole game. It was our execution and mental turnovers. Mardy Collins is a great basketball player. He is active on both the offensive and defensive end. He played a solid game. I give all my respect to him. He had 29 [points] and 8 [rebounds] ... as a point guard, I mean that's tough."


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