Red & Blue Lose Reg. Season Finale to URI, 76-71
March 8, 2003
Duquesne rallied from a 25-point second half deficit to pull within three with just over four minutes to go, but could not complete the comeback in a 76-71 loss to Rhode Island at the Palumbo Center. The Dukes and Rams will meet again in the opening game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Rhode Island on Monday night.
Rhode Island, who jumped out to a 15-0 lead, maintained a 36-22 advantage at the half. The Rams increased the lead to 54-29 with 14:31 left on a layup by Marcel Momplaisir before the Dukes began their comeback with 10 consecutive points. Kevin Forney's 3-pointer with 7:48 left cut the lead to 59-50. Back-to-back dunks by Ron Dokes and Elijah Palmer brought the Dukes to within five, before Dokes connected again to make the score 61-58 with 4:26 left.
Rhode Island, whose final field goal came at the 6:49 mark, hit 15-of-18 free throws over the final 4:05 to keep the Duke at bay. Brian Woodward and Dawan Robinson led Rhode Island with 22 and 19 points respectively.
Forney, in his final home game, led four Dukes in double figures with 14. Ron Dokes (12 points), Bryant McAllister (11 points) and Simplice Njoya (11 points) also scored in double figures for DU. Njoya added a game-high 12 rebounds.
Duquesne, which missed its first eight field goal attempts, shot just 29 percent in the first half before rallying to hit 17-29 shots (58.6%) in the second 20 minutes.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:
Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron:
Duquesne senior forward Brad Midgley:
Rhode Island (17-10, 10-6) will entertain Duquesne (9-20, 4-12) on Monday, March 10 at 7:30pm at the Ryan Center in the first round of the 2003 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship. The Championship then moves to the University of Dayton Arena, beginning with quarterfinal round play on Thursday, March 13 with host Dayton (21-5, 14-2) taking on the winner of the DU-URI game at 9:00 pm.