Red and Blue Fall to WVU, 72-69
Nov. 24, 2004
Tyler Bluemling's 3-point attempt from the right corner rimmed out as time expired to preserve a 72-69 West Virginia win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center.
Patrick Beilein, who hit five of WVU's 14 3-pointers, led the Mountaineers with 16 points. Bryant McAllister scored 16 for Duquesne.
Beilein had a chance to ice the game from the foul line with 16 seconds left, but missed a pair of free throws setting up Duquesne's final possession. Following a timeout, a double-teamed McAllister drew iron on a leaning 3-pointer that was eventually knocked out of bounds by West Virginia with two seconds left. After another timeout, Martin Osimani found Bluemling in the corner on the inbounds pass for the final shot.
Neither team led by more than seven in a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes. Duquesne, which outscored WVU 34-12 in the paint, couldn't match the Mountaineers from long range, hitting just 5-of-18 3-point attempts, including 1-of-11 in the second half.
Tyrone Sally and Kevin Pittsnogle added 15 and 14 points for WVU.
Duquesne's Keith Gayden, who was on crutches earlier in the day to protect an ankle injury, came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points and pull down a career and game-high nine rebounds.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I thought the difference was 3-point shooting. We make a couple more and I'm sitting here with a happy face. I thought we played good defense and rebounded well. We got stops but couldn't turn them into points on the other end. We played smart. We just have some things to clean up. I totally respect our effort. We put it on the line. Keith Gayden messed up his ankle and was on crutches earlier today, but he came out like a warrior."
Duquesne guard Bryant McAllister: "We held them scoreless for over six minutes in the second half. We got stops, but didn't score. We are going to stay positive. We played as a team, and that was a key for us. Keith [Gayden] is my roommate and he kept telling me all day `I'm going to play.' He played like a warrior."
Duquesne center Kieron Achara: "Keith's a warrior. He's a hustle player. He's very aggressive. The way he walks is even aggressive."