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Dukes Open with Convincing 94-75 Win Over Abilene Christian

 

 

Nov. 9, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Derrick Colter scored 23 points and Tra'Vaughn White added 20 to lead five double-digit scorers in Duquesne's season-opening 94-75 win over Abilene Christian (0-1) at Palumbo Center.

Ovie Soko had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Dominique McKoy and Jeremiah Jones added 11 and 10 points respectively for an opening day roster that featured eight first-year scholarship players.

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.

NOTES
• The win snapped an eight-game home losing streak ... six of the eight losses came at the A.J. Palumbo Center and two at CONSOL Energy Center ... it was DU's first home win since Dec. 19, 2012 (71-66 over Western Michigan).

• 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).

 

 

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