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Dukes Cruise to 103-88 Exhibition Win Over Clarion
Senior forward Ovie Soko had 17 points in his Duquesne debut.
 
Senior forward Ovie Soko had 17 points in his Duquesne debut.
 

Nov. 2, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - First-year junior college transfer Dominique McKoy led five players in double figures with 20 points and 10 rebounds as Duquesne cruised to a 103-88 win over Division II Clarion at the Palumbo Center on Saturday afternoon.

Returning starters, sophomores Jeremiah Jones and Derrick Colter, added 19 and 16 points respectively. Ovie Soko and Desmond Ridenour, who, like McKoy were among six players making their Duquesne debut, added 17 and 12 points each. Jones added nine boards and Colter handed out a game-high nine assists.

Mike Kromka led Clarion with 22.

Duquesne, with just eight scholarship players in uniform, took a double-digit lead it would not relinquish on a Darius Lewis bucket with 11:55 to go in the first half. The Dukes upped the lead to 20 on the second of two Jones free throws with 7:48 left and topped the 50-point mark on a Derrick Colter 3-pointer just over three minutes later.

The Dukes led 55-35 at the half.

"I think we're a little more athletic this year," said Jones. "We played with speed last year, but I think we're faster this year. We like to get it out and go."

DU, which pushed the pace from the opening tip, reached the 100-point mark on a Soko free throw with 2:37 left.

"I thought we played well at times early, but we got sloppy with the ball in the second half," said second-year Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "There were signs ... spurts where we played really well.

"We're significantly different than we were last year when we had such limits and relied so much on shooting three's. That's not what we are and how we want our teams to play."

Duquesne, which averaged just over 24 3-point attempts per game last season, attempted 13 - including five in the first half.

The Dukes, who averaged 67.7 points per game last season, outscored the Golden Eagles 72-32 in the paint.

"It wasn't like we posted them up and bullied them in there. But we do have the ability to play inside the line. We're significantly different than last year in that we have the ability to dribble and pass and dribble and shoot."

Duquesne opens the regular season at home against Abilene Christian on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

NOTES
Jeremiah Jones, Dominique McKoy, Ovie Soko, Tra'Vaughn White and Derrick Colter started for the Dukes ... DU had 10 players in uniform ... Isaiah Watkins (knee), Brandon Cartmill (ankle), Jerry Jones (suspension), Micah Mason (transfer) and Jordan Robinson (currently ineligible) were in street clothes ... all eight scholarship players in uniform saw action in the first 6:30 ... all eight scored in the first 14:35 ... Duquesne outshot Clarion 56.8% to 39.2% ... the Dukes outscored the Golden Eagles 72-32 in the paint, 34-18 on second chance points and 30-11 on the fast break ... DU outrebounded Clarion 53-35 ... Duquesne's largest lead was 30 (97-67) with 4:12 left ... it was announced prior to the game that Jerry Jones was suspended for the exhibition game as well as the season opener vs. Abilene Christian for a violation of team rules ... he will continue to participate in all other team activities.

 

 

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