Dukes Fall to Cleveland State, 74-67
Cleveland State's Percell Coles set a Palumbo Center record with nine three-pointers to lead CSU to a 74-67 win over Duquesne at Pittsburgh. The win upped Cleveland State's record to 2-2, while the Dukes dropped to 1-2.
Coles, who hit 9-of-12 from the arc on his way to a game-high 29 points, made good on 6-of-8 three-point attempts in the first half to help the Vikings to a 34-30 lead. CSU opened the second half with a 7-2 run to take a 39-32 advantage before Duquesne's Simplice Njoya scored six of the Dukes' next eight points to cut the gap to one.
The lead then changed hands six times over the next 11 minutes, before DU's Brad Midgley drilled a three-pointer to tie the game at 55-55 with 4:54 remaining. It was then that Cleveland State's quickness took over. The Vikings, playing their first game since Nov. 19, pulled away from the Dukes who were playing their third game in five days. Coles' final three-pointer of the night gave CSU a 62-56 lead with 2:26 to go. From that point on, the Vikings hit 12 consecutive free throws to seal the win.
Jimmy Tricco connected on 5-of-10 shots from the three-point arc to pace Duquesne with 17 points. Midgley added 13 off the bench. Njoya and Ron Dokes added 11 points each. Coles got support from guard Jermaine Robinson who hit 10-of-10 free throws on his way to 18 points. Duquesne, who shot 54.5 percent from the field in the first half, converted at just a 37.1 percent in the second half. Cleveland State made 17-of-20 free throws in the second half.
Cleveland State's Coles eclipsed the old Palumbo Center record of seven three-pointers in a game set by UMass' Carmelo Travieso in 1996 and tied by Duquesne's Tom Pipkins vs. St. Bonaventure in 1997 ... the Palumbo Center opened in December of 1998.
DUQUESNE HEAD COACH DANNY NEE: