Dukes Topped At Massachusetts, 70-55
Feb. 23, 2003
Amherst, Massachusetts - Anthony Anderson scored 22 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to lead Massachusetts to a 70-55 win over Duquesne. The Dukes, who led by three at the half, were victimized by a red hot UMass shooting display, as the Minutemen shot 70.8 percent from the field in the second 20 minutes to pull away.
Duquesne scored just one field goal in the first 5:30 of the second half, as UMass eliminated a three-point deficit on a pair of 3-pointers by Jeff Viggiano and a jumper and 3-pointer by Anderson to take a 39-32 lead. Duquesne cut the lead to five on a bucket by Brad Midgley, before Massachusetts, behind the scoring of Anderson, built a double-digit lead. The Dukes could get no closer than 10 from the 8:18 mark on as the UMass lead ballooned to as many as 19.
Kevin Forney, despite facing a box-and-one defense for most of the game, led the Dukes with 14 points. Simplice Njoya added 12 for the Dukes. Jackie Rogers finished with 18 for Massachusetts, while Viggiano, who connected on 4-of-7 3-point attempts, added 14.
Anderson, who hit 10-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc was the difference. For the game, the Minutemen outshot the Dukes 57.8 percent to 36.4 percent. UMass also converted 10-of-19 from the 3-point arc.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee
Duquesne returns home to meet A-10 West leading Xavier (20-4, 11-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at the Palumbo Center. This game, which will be televised by Fox Sports Net, will tip off at 9:00 p.m, rather than the normal 7:30 p.m.