Dukes Lose to EA Sports at Buzzer, 81-78
Nov. 16, 2003
Kameron Sufi hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the EA Sports East All Stars an 81-78 win over Duquesne in the Dukes' final preseason game.
Jimmy Tricco led four Duquesne players in double figures with 19 points. Ricky Price led EA Sports East with 18.
Duquesne took a 74-73 lead on a Bryant McAllister layup with 4:14 to go before Sufi, who finished the game with 8 points, hit a 3-pointer to give EA Sports a 76-74 lead with 2:30 on the clock. The two teams exchanged baskets before Jon Pawlak caught a pass from Martin Osimani in traffic and hit a layup to tie the score at 78-78 with 34 seconds remaining.
On its final possession, EA Sports East ran the clock down to six seconds before Greg Grays, who finished the game with 17 points, began a drive at the top of the key before finding Sufi in the right corner for the game-winner.
"EA Sports came in and created some realistic problems for us," said Duquesne coach Danny Nee. "I would compare them to someone in the middle of our league [the Atlantic 10]. Our effort on the boards was really solid, we just missed a lot of shots around the basket."
EA Sports East shot 49.2 percent from the field to 40.0 percent for Duquesne in a game that saw a total of nine ties and 16 lead changes. The largest lead by either team in the second half was four points by EA Sports East with 5:29 remaining. Duquesne led by seven with just under five minutes to go in the first half before EA Sports East rallied to take a 45-43 lead at intermission.
Tricco hit 6-of-9 shots from the field including 4-of-7 from the 3-point arc. Bryant McAllister went 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the arc in scoring 17 for the Dukes. Elijah Palmer and Ron Dokes were the other double-digit scorers with 13 and 12 points respectively. Palmer and Dokes shared game rebounding honors with 9 boards each as the Dukes outrebounded the All Stars 46-28. Osimani handed out 6 assists for the Dukes.
"One of our goals coming into this season is to win the close game," said Tricco. "We didn't do that today."
"Did we get better? `Yes'. Did we accomplish what we wanted? `No.'"
DU opens the regular season at home vs. Prairie View on Tuesday, November 25.