Duquesne's Season Ends With 65-51 Loss at Princeton
March 17, 2010
PRINCETON, NJ - Douglas Davis came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points, including 10 during a 17-3 run to end the first half, as Princeton (21-8) advanced to the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational with a 65-51 win over Duquesne (16-16) at Jadwin Gym.
Kareem Maddox added 15 points and Ian Hummer added 14 for the Tigers who moved to 11-3 at home.
Duquesne jumped out to a 20-11 lead as Princeton missed its first seven shots. Davis, who scored 13 in the first half, hit the first of three 3-pointers in the final 7:46 of the half to ignite Princeton's 17-3 run. Duquesne, which shot 37 percent for the game, missed eight of its last nine shots as the Tigers took a 28-23 lead at the half.
DU briefly cut it to one on a Melquan Bolding layup a little over two minutes into the second half, before Princeton answered with a 15-3 run to take a 43-30 lead with 11:31 to go. Maddox, who was 6-of-10 from the field, scored eight points and assisted on another basket during the run.
Princeton maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
The Tigers outrebounded the Dukes 41-26.
"I didn't think we guarded with the intensity we needed in the middle of the second half," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "They beat us to quite a few loose balls. The biggest key was Princeton on the glass. They out-toughed us."
Princeton, which shot 52 percent in the second half, finished at 47.1 percent. The Tigers went 4-of-14 from the 3-point arc with Davis accounting for all four makes.
"We've got several issues," said Everhart. "Two issues that are obvious are that we just didn't shoot the ball well this year - even from the free throw line - and that makes everything more difficult. When you can't loosen a defense up by making shots, and you miss your free throws, you have trouble."
Duquesne was 1-of-13 from the 3-point arc before Johnson hit 2-of-3 in the game's closing minutes. The Dukes, who entered the game shooting 60.8 percent from the foul line, hit just 8-of-18 free throw attempts.
Duquesne has now put together three consecutive non-losing seasons (17-13 in 2008, 21-13 in 2009) ... it is the first time since 1968-73 (six times) that DU has strung together three-straight .500 or better seasons.
Damian Saunders finished the season with a school record 89 steals, shattering the previous mark of 71 he set in 34 games last year.
Duquesne's largest lead was nine points (20-11 with 7:47 left in the first half) ... Princeton's largest lead was 17 which it reached four times over the final 6:39 of the game.