Dukes Win Home Opener Versus WVU, 86-82
Duquesne jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead and held off a West Virginia rally to defeat the Mountaineers 86-82 at the Palumbo Center. Junior center Ron Dokes (South Bend, Ind. / Riley / Lincoln Trail (Ill.) College) led the Dukes with 29 points, while Drew Schifino scored 25 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to key WVU's comeback attempt.
Duquesne, who shot 57.7 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, closed out the half with a 12-2 run holding the Mountaineers scoreless for the final 4:20. Dokes, Elijah Palmer (Marshall, Mo. / Marshall / Kennedy-King (Ill.) College) and Jimmy Tricco (Phoenix, Ariz. / Brophy Jesuit Prep / Gonzaga) keyed the surge with 12, 11 and eight first-half points respectively.
West Virginia got back in the game with five three-pointers in the first seven minutes of the second half to cut the lead to 55-50 with 12:57 to go. Duquesne answered with a Simplice Njoya (Yaounde, Cameroon / The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) layup and three-point play from Brad Midgley (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Canevin) to build the lead back to 10. WVU could get no closer than five until Kevin Pittsnogle hit his third three-pointer of the game with two seconds left to cut the lead to 84-82. Following the three-pointer, DU's Palmer was fouled intentionally and converted both for the final margin.
Tricco and Palmer finished with 14 and 13 points for the Dukes. WVU could find no answer for Dokes who converted 13-of-18 from the foul line and made good on 8-of-11 shots from the field including four dunks. Schifino, who scored on a variety of jump shots and floaters in the lane, finished 14-of-22 from the field for WVU. Pittsnogle added 19 for the Mountaineers.