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Dukes Topped At Massachusetts, 70-55
Simplice Njoya
 
Simplice Njoya
 

Feb. 23, 2003

Box Score

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.

NOTES

  • Duquesne led by as many as 11 in the first half (18-7 at the 8:05 mark).
  • Jimmy Tricco, who was held in check by both a box-and-one and triangle-and-two defense, was just 1-of-3 from the field.
  • The Dukes outrebounded the Minutemen 30-26 and had two fewer turnovers.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Duquesne head coach Danny Nee

"They shot the ball extremely well in the second half. The way we played early, I felt we should have had more of a lead at the half. We missed a ton of shots.
 

 

"Viggiano and Anderson hit some 3-pointers in the beginning of the second half. Those shots were the game.

"The triangle-and-two and box-and-one defenses were a little of a surprise. You have to show patience against those defenses. You have to work the ball around and you'll get good shots."

MEDIA REPORTS
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NEXT

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.

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