Dukes Top Czech-Select, 64-46
Pittsburgh, Pa - Point guard Martin Osimani took just one shot, but found a way to make his presence felt by handing out a game-high 10 assists in leading Duquesne to a 64-46 exhibition win over Czech-Select at the Palumbo Center Thursday night.
Jon Pawlak, a junior redshirt, led a balanced Dukes attack with a game-high 14 points. Ron Dokes and Bryant McAllister added 11 points each, while freshman center Kieron Achara scored eight of his 10 points in the second half.
Osimani, first-year transfer from Miami-Dade Community College, helped the Dukes jump out to a 43-18 lead by handing out eight assists in the first half alone.
"I thought Oso did a nice job of setting us up," said Duquesne head coach Danny Nee. "He was doing the things he's supposed to. He has to get used to playing with our players. He'll get better, he'll get better quick."
Duquesne got out of the blocks quickly, building a 15-point lead eight minutes into the game on back-to-back 3-pointers from Pawlak. McAllister and Jimmy Tricco added a pair of 3-pointers each as the Dukes extended their lead to 25 at the half.
Duquesne scored just seven points in the first 9:43 of the second half as the Czech-Select team, which shot 22 percent from the field in the first half, found its shooting range.
Czech-Select managed to cut the lead to 12 with under seven minutes to go, before Duquesne pulled away for the final 18-point margin.
"I was a little disappointed that we didn't play a little better - a little more consistent - in the second half," said Duquesne head coach Danny Nee. "But I was pleased with how we began the game."
Pave Kuzmanic and Dominik Festr lead Czech-Select with 10 points each.
Duquesne, which hit just 6-of-29 shots in the second half, finished the game 37.3 percent from the field, while Czech-Select shot 33.3 percent. The Dukes, under the guidance of Osimani, assisted on 21 of 22 field goals on the night and turned the ball over just seven times.
DU completes its exhibition season on Sunday, November 16 against the EA Sports East All-Stars. The Dukes open the regular season vs. Prairie View on Tuesday, November 25.