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Balanced Dukes Cruise Past Green Bay, 84-66

 

 

Nov. 13, 2011

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PITTSBURGH - Andre Marhold's career-high 17 points were matched by teammate B.J. Monteiro as Duquesne placed five players in double figures in a 84-66 win over Green Bay at the Palumbo Center.

Sean Johnson scored 14, T.J. McConnell had 12 points, 7 assists, 0 turnovers and 5 steals and Eric Evans added 10 points for the Dukes (1-1) who held the Phoenix to 39.7 percent shooting.

Jarvis Williams scored 17 points and 7-foot-1 center Alec Brown added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Green Bay which dropped to 1-1.

"This was a good overall effort," said head coach Ron Everhart, who is now 6-0 in home openers. "We were quick to the ball, got some deflections and made good plays in transition. I liked the fact that we were able to control the game with our guards and play fast."

Duquesne led 18-13 when Johnson started a 12-1 run with a leaning jumper that barely beat the shot clock. Mike Talley hit four consecutive free throws and Marhold, who exceeded his previous career high by 10 points, converted a three-point play to make it 27-14. Evans ended the run with a 3-pointer to put the Dukes up 30-14.

Green Bay, which shot 24.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes, cut it to 11 before DU closed the half with two free throws each from Monteiro and Marhold to take a 37-23 lead.

UWGB pulled to within 10 early in the second half, but the Dukes clamped down defensively and used outstanding ball movement to build the lead to 20 with just under 10 minutes left.

Duquesne assisted on 14-of-18 second half field goals.

"Our basketball team really operates well when our guys share the ball and look for each other," said Everhart.

Green Bay would get no closer than 17 the rest of the way as the DU lead reached 25 with 4:26 to go.

The Dukes, who hit their first 13 free throw attempts, finished 18-of-22 for the game. DU shot 46.2 percent from the field and assisted on 20 of its 30 field goals.

Green Bay, which opened its season at home on Friday night, turned it over 19 times and was just 2-of-13 from the 3-point arc.

Duquesne returns to action on Friday when it resumes play in the 2K Sports Classic. The Dukes will play three games in three days at the Valparaiso Subregional starting with the University of District of Columbia at 6:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday. DU will then play Akron at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and host Valparaiso at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

"We are going to have three games in three days, so we're going to have to prepare ourselves," said Everhart. "Hopefully this will be a productive week of practice for us."

NOTES

Andre Marhold's previous career high was 7 points set at Montana last year.

• This was T.J. McConnell's seventh career 5 steal game ... the sophomore guard has 11 assists and 2 turnovers and 8 steals on the young season.

Ron Everhart is now 6-0 in home openers at Duquesne ... DU is 88-8 all time in its first home game of the season, including a 19-4 mark at A.J. Palumbo Center.

• Everhart's Dukes are now 25-10 in non-conference home games, including a 23-6 mark over the past two-plus seasons.

• DU went 11-of-11 from the foul line in the first half and 18-of-22 for the game .... the streak reached 13 before Mike Talley missed the second of two with 15:31 left.

• The Dukes, who shot 4-of-22 from the 3-point arc in their final exhibition game and followed that with a 4-of-25 effort in the opener at Arizona, were 6-of-19 from 3-point.

 

 

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