Duquesne Shocks West Virginia
Elijah Palmer hit two big foul shots down the stretch to help the Dukes beat West Virginia.
Elijah Palmer hit two big foul shots down the stretch to help the Dukes beat West Virginia.

Nov 25, 2002

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH - Ron Dokes wore down smaller West Virginia inside and Duquesne built a 17-point lead before holding on for an 86-82 victory Monday night.

Drew Schifino scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half as West Virginia, dressing only eight scholarship players, cut what was a 17-point Duquesne lead to two points.

Elijah Palmer secured the Dukes' first victory by making two foul shots with a second left after West Virginia scored five quick points in the final 12 seconds on a Nick Patella layup and long 3-pointer by freshman Kevin Pittsnogle.

Before that, West Virginia (1-1) couldn't get any closer than five points despite Schifino's big half, which saw him make 10-of-14 shots after halftime, many while taking the ball inside against the taller, deeper Dukes.

Schifino started the season as West Virginia's only experienced guard.

Down the stretch, the Dukes (1-1) kept getting the ball inside to the 6-foot-9 Dokes, a junior college transfer playing only his second game for Duquesne. He dunked off a Brad Midgley feed to make it 71-63, then converted a three-point play with 3:58 remaining to jump the Dukes' lead back to 10 points.

Jimmy Tricco, a Gonzaga transfer, added 14 points and Palmer scored 13 and had eight rebounds for Duquesne, which shot 53.8 percent. Dokes made 8 of 11 shots and was 13 of 18 from the foul line, or one more free throw than West Virginia attempted.

Dokes was held to 8 points in Duquesne's opener, an 82-67 loss to No. 5 Pittsburgh.

Duquesne, beating West Virginia for the fourth time in their last five meetings, led 80-73 with 38 seconds left on two Midgley free throws before the late Mountaineers flurry.



Pittsnogle added 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.


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