Dukes Use 3-Point Barrage to Down Hawaii Hilo, 92-46
Nov. 4, 2012
PITTSBURGH -- Sean Johnson scored 16 points as Duquesne used a barrage of 3-pointers to bury Division II Hawaii Hilo 92-46 in the Dukes' final exhibition game on Sunday night.
Johnson hit a game-high four threes in 21 minutes as seven players combined to hit 15 3-point field goals.
Hawaii Hilo, coming off a 77-45 loss at Pitt on Friday, was led by Mike Melonas' 14 points.
Duquesne, which jumped out to a 43-27 halftime lead, held the Vulcans to 19 second-half points.
"That was an improvement from Thursday night," said head coach Jim Ferry referring to the Dukes' 74-48 win over Carnegie Mellon. "I think today showed a little bit of what we're trying to do. I thought we played significantly more unselfish. Everybody touched the ball. We played at a good rate with good tempo. And then let's not fool ourselves, when you make15 threes it cures a lot of ills and hides a lot of weaknesses."
Derrick Colter got the Dukes off and running with a pair of 3-pointers in the first two minutes. Quevyn Winters buried DU's fourth 3-pointer to make it 22-6 at the 11:48 mark. Winters' field goal ended a 10-0 run as the Dukes held the Vulcans without a field goal for seven minutes.
Johnson, who scored 13 in 14 first half minutes, hit the Dukes' ninth 3-pointer just before the horn to give Duquesne its 16-point halftime lead.
Johnson and Binney, who had 11 points in 12 minutes, had three 3-pointers each for the Dukes who went 9-of-18 from the arc in the first half.
Jerry Jones became the fifth Duke to hit a 3-pointer in pushing the lead to 19 in the first minute of the second half. Winters added back-to-back threes to make it 58-29 less than four minutes in.
A pair of Binney free throws at the 14:39 mark gave the Dukes their first 30 point lead and back-to-back fastbreak layups by P.J. Torres pushed the lead over 40 at 73-32 with 9:07 left.
Duquesne held Hawaii Hilo to 26.6 percent shooting. The Dukes, led by Torres' seven, outrebounded the Vulcans 54-34.
Binney had a game-high six assists with one turnover as DU assisted on 21 of 33 field goals.
Duquesne, which finished 15-of-31 from 3-point, shot 52.4 percent overall.
"Now the exhibition games are over, we've got to learn what we did right and what we did wrong and get ourselves prepared for Friday night," said Ferry.
Duquesne opens the regular season at Albany on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. (ET). The Dukes will then travel directly to Washington D.C. for a Progressive Legends Classic first round game at Georgetown on Nov. 11. The Georgetown game, set for a 6:30 tip, will be televised nationally by ESPNU.