Dukes Turn up the D, Down Saint Francis, Pa., 83-72
Nov. 20, 2008
LORETTO, PA - Aaron Jackson had 20 points, seven assists and a career-high seven steals and Duquesne held Saint Francis, Pa. to 37.5 percent shooting in the second half in pulling away for an 83-72 win over the Red Flash at DeGol Arena.
The win was Duquesne's 10th in a row and 29th in the past 31 meetings against Saint Francis.
Freshman Eric Evans added 16 points for the Dukes who moved to 2-0 despite shooting 8-of-25 from the foul line.
Devin Sweetney scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half for Saint Francis, which dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Saint Francis took an 18-12 lead on a Sweetney layup at the 11:38 mark of the first half. Duquesne rallied to take its first lead on a steal and basket by Jackson six minutes later.
The Red Flash went up four on a Sweetney 3-pointer before the Dukes closed the first half with a 10-2 run that started with a Jackson jumper and ended with five consecutive points by freshman Rodrigo Peggau.
Duquesne never trailed in the second half.
Saint Francis, which shot 57.1 percent in the first half, was held to 37.5 percent shooting the rest of the way.
"We defended pretty well," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "We were able to create a lot of offense with our defense and you have to do that when you're shooting 8-of-25 from the foul line. Getting a road win for this team was important."
Jackson scored 12 and handed out five assists to lead the Dukes in the second half. Damian Saunders, who was in foul trouble in the first half, scored nine of his 11 points in the second 20 minutes.
"Aaron Jackson had as good a stat line as you'd want to see," said Everhart. "He put us on his back and carried us home in the second half. That's the sign of a leader."
Duquesne shot 58.3 percent from the field, despite going 5-of-20 from the 3-point arc. The Dukes assisted on 22 of 35 field goals.
The Dukes outscored the Red Flash 23-12 off turnovers and 54-30 in the paint.
Duquesne returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 23 against Furman (1-1) at the Palumbo Center. Tip time is set for 2:00 p.m.
Duquesne has now won 10 in a row and 29 of the past 31 meetings against Saint Francis.
This is the third consecutive time Duquesne has opened the season 2-0 under head coach Ron Everhart. The last time DU opened three straight seasons with a 2-0 record was in 1984-85, 1985-86 & 1986-87 under Jim Satalin.
All 10 players who saw action for the Dukes scored in the first half ... freshman Rodrigo Peggau, in his first action of the season, scored all five of his points in the final 19 seconds of the first half ... the five points keyed a 10-2 run.
Duquesne's largest lead was 13 points which occurred twice in the second half.