Duquesne Shocks West Virginia
Nov 25, 2002
By ALAN ROBINSON
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.