Dukes Drop Home Opener To Lafayette, 85-71
Nov. 20, 2004
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Marcus Harley scored 14 of his team-high 19 points in the first half to lead hot-shooting Lafayette to an 85-71 win over Duquesne. Bryant McAllister scored a career-high 24 for Duquesne in a losing effort.
The Dukes jumped out to an early 8-2 lead before Hartley hit four 3-pointers in a two minute span to get the Leopards back in the game. Hartley's fourth 3-pointer, at the 14:28 mark, gave Lafayette a 14-11 lead. There were a total of six ties and eight lead changes in the first half before Andrei Capusan put the Leopards up for good on a jumper at the 7:09 mark. The Leopards upped their lead to 44-34 on a Matt Betley 3-point field goal at the first half buzzer.
Duquesne briefly cut the lead to six on a Kieron Achara bucket with 15:07 to go, but Lafayette wouldn't fold. The Leopards took an 11-point lead on a pair of Sean Knitter free throws with 9:32 left and would maintain a double-digit margin the rest of the way. Knitter, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Jamaal Hilliard, who went 10-of-10 from the line in scoring 15 points, joined Hartley in double figures for Lafayette.
Martin Osimani tied his career high for the second time in as many games with 16 for Duquesne. Keiron Achara recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Dukes.
Lafayette outshot Duquesne 51.0 percent to 34.8 percent. The Leopards, led by Harley's 4-of-7 performance, went 9-of-19 from the 3-point arc. Duquesne struggled from the arc, converting just 6-of-21 attempts.