North Dakota State Drops Duquesne, 57-43

Nov. 20, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - TrayVonn Wright had 18 points and 10 rebounds as North Dakota State jumped on Duquesne early and never let up in posting a 57-43 win in the Progressive Legends Classic Pittsburgh Sub Regional at the Palumbo Center.

Marshall Bjorklund had 12 points and Taylor Braun added 11 for the Bison who moved to 4-1.

Andre Marhold led Duquesne (1-3) with nine.

Duquesne, coming off a 90-88 overtime win over James Madison the night before, missed its first eight shots and turned in over three times in falling behind 9-0 before Sean Johnson converted a three-point play at the 14:06 mark.

NDSU upped its lead to 14 on a Wright 3-pointer and pushed its advantage to 19 on a Mike Felt 3-pointer as Duquesne missed 11 of its first 15 shots.

"We had an emotional game yesterday," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "But you know what, North Dakota State played in an overtime game too yesterday. I'll never use that as an excuse. Our approach just wasn't that good tonight."

DU cut it to 10 on a Derrick Martin tip-in with 3:23 left, before North Dakota State scored five in a row to take a 34-19 lead at the half.

The Dukes scored the first five points of the second half to once again cut it to 10 before Taylor Braun hit a 3-pointer late in the shot clock to build the lead back to 13. DU then missed seven consecutive shots and turned it over three times as the Bison ripped off a 15-0 run to take a 49-24 lead with just under 12 minutes left. Wright scored nine and Braun had five during the run.

NDSU maintained at least a 20 point lead until the final three minutes.

"They came out ready to play," said Ferry. "They came out more aggressive than we did. I felt we were flat, then we became extremely selfish. You don't score 90 points one night at home then come back and score 40 and shoot 27 percent at home. That's because of shot selection. I also think that has to do with an inexperienced team. We got down then each kid tried to do it himself."

North Dakota state, which shot 39 percent, held the Dukes to 27.1 percent shooting. NDSU turned it over just 6 times to 14 for DU.

Sean Johnson had 8 points and 8 rebounds and P.J. Torres added 8 off the bench for Duquesne.

"We don't have anybody on this team that is talented enough to win a game by himself," said Ferry. "We don't have anybody on this team that is going to be more talented than anybody we play. If we work as a team, we'll get our chance to compete against anybody we play. We have very limited parts. But when we play well together we can compete."

The Pittsburgh Sub Regional of the Progressive Legends Classic concludes on Wednesday with North Dakota State facing James Madison at 4:30 p.m. and Duquesne hosting Youngstown State at 7:00 p.m.


• Duquesne, which scored 90 points in a 90-88 overtime win over James Madison on Monday, had 31 points with 3:38 left ... DU's 43 points were its fewest since a 68-41 loss at Saint Louis last season.

• North Dakota State's largest lead was 26 (53-27) with 9:44 left.

• NDSU outscored DU 28-4 off turnovers.

• Eleven players saw action in the first 10:14 for Duquesne.




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