Oakland Defeats Duquesne, 77-53

Nov. 26, 2005

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Rochester, Mich. - Derick Nelson and Calvin Wooten scored 20 points each to lead Oakland to a 77-53 win over cold-shooting Duquesne at Rochester, Mich.

Duquesne fell into a hole early, missing its first nine shots as Oakland built an 11-2 lead. The Dukes rallied to cut it to 17-13 on a Jack Higgins 3-pointer with 8:27 left in the half, but managed to score just three more field goals the rest of the half as Oakland closed with a 20-6 run to take a 37-19 halftime lead.

Wooten and Nelson combined for 28 of the Golden Grizzlies' first half points as DU finished the opening 20 minutes 7-of-31 from the field (22.6%) with 12 turnovers.

Duquesne and Oakland shot an identical 15-of-38 (39.5%) in the second half, but the damage had already been done as the Dukes could get no closer than 16 with the Oakland lead ballooned to as many as 28 points.

Bryant McAllister and Jack Higgins were the lone Dukes in double figures with 15 and 12 points respectively. OU, which outrebounded Duquesne 50-42, was led by Patrick McCloskey and Nelson, who pulled down 12 and 10 rebounds respectively. Keith Gayden led Duquesne with seven boards. McAllister, who was seeing his first action of the season after serving a three-game suspension, handed out a game-high five assists.




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