Dukes Open with Convincing 94-75 Win Over Abilene Christian
Nov. 9, 2013
The newcomers ended an eight-game home losing streak that was compiled by last year's 8-22 team.
Abilene Christian, which returns just one player from its 2012-13 team, was led by Harrison Hawkins' game high 26 points.
The Dukes jumped out to a 12-0 lead as ACU missed its first five shots and turned it over four times. A pair of Colter 3-pointers sandwiched around a Soko dunk made it 34-11 with 7:51 to go in the half. A highlight reel dunk by freshman Desmond Ridenour made it 41-16 two minutes later.
DU led 54-29 at the half.
ACU, behind 19 points from Hawkins, outscored the Dukes 46-40 in the second 20 minutes.
"In the first half, I liked our defensive disposition," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "I thought we let our guard down a little bit in the second half. We lacked a little bit of focus."
The Dukes, who shot 51.7 percent, assisted on 19 of 30 field goals. DU outrebounded ACU 42-33.
Colter, who scored 15 of his 23 in the first half, went 8-of-12 from the field. White, who started in the backcourt with Colter, scored nine of his 20 in the first three minutes of the second half. The first-year JC transfer made 7 of his 11 shots.
"He [Colter] is experienced now with all the minutes he played last year," said Ferry. "He's like a junior in regard to experience. That's where we have to get everyone else.
When you're coaching a team like this, you have to have patience. You have to spend time off the court teaching. It's a little easier to have patience when you're up 25."
Duquesne faces its second consecutive first-time opponent when it hosts New Hampshire on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Duquesne is now 81-17 in season openers, including a 76-4 mark when opening the season at home.
There were a total of 48 fouls called ... Duquesne went 27-of-37 from the line, Abilene Christian was 24-of-32.
Ovie Soko's double-double (17-13) was the 12th of his career (the previous 11 came during his sophomore and junior seasons at UAB).
This was the fifth career 20-point game for Colter.
Duquesne's 94 points were a Ferry Era high (previous was 90 in a 90-88 overtime win over James Madison last season).
Duquesne's largest lead was 31 (63-32) at the 17:38 mark of the second half.
Duquesne, which never trailed, had only one wire-to-wire win last season (71-66 over Western Michigan).