Dukes Top NC A&T 82-69 At NABC Classic
Nov. 13, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M. - Kieron Achara and Bryant McAllister scored 17 points each and Martin Osimani handed out 11 assists to lead Duquesne to an 82-69 win over North Carolina A&T - and give Dukes coach Danny Nee his 400th career victory - on the second day of the NABC Classic at Albuquerque.
The win evened Duquesne's record at 1-1, while North Carolina A&T dropped to 0-2. Duquesne will face host New Mexico (2-0) tomorrow in its final game of the round robin event.
For the second straight night, the Dukes started slowly, turning the ball over five times in the game's first four minutes in falling behind 9-3. It wasn't until freshman Chauncey Duke entered the game that Duquesne made its move.
Duke, who did not attempt a field goal in the opening day 74-65 loss to Santa Clara, went 4-of-4 from the 3-point arc over a five-and-one-half minute span to help the Dukes to a 33-29 halftime lead. Duke's fourth and final 3-pointer gave Duquesne a 24-22 lead with 4:26 left in the half. It was a lead the Dukes would maintain for the remainder of the game.
Duquesne led 40-38 early in the second half when Achara, who scored 13 of his points after intermission, completed a three-point play to put the Dukes up five. North Carolina A&T answered with a free throw before Duquesne went on an 8-0 run to build a 51-39 lead. N.C. A&T would get no closer than eight the rest of the way. Ryan Tricco scored all six of his points during the game-clinching run.
Duquesne outrebounded the shorter Aggies 47-31 and outshot North Carolina A&T 47.5 percent to 35.6 percent. DU, whose 16 first half turnovers led to 14 N.C. A&T points, adjusted to the Aggies' pressure in the second half, turning it over just eight times.
Duquesne assisted on 23 of its 29 field goals led by Osimani who topped the 10 assist mark for the fourth time in his career, tying the DU school record for career 10-plus assist games set by Clayton Adams (1988-91).
Achara, whose 17 points were a career high, missed his second career double-double by one with a game-high nine rebounds before fouling out with 5:25 left. Jon Pawlak pulled down a career-high eight rebounds for the second consecutive game.
Steven Koger led North Carolina A&T, which went 10-of-32 from the 3-point arc, with 14 points.