Dukes Lose to Siena, 78-68
Nov. 29, 2003
A career afternoon from Elijah Palmer was not enough as Siena used balanced scoring and clutch free throw shooting to defeat Duquesne 78-68 at the Palumbo Center. Palmer, who scored a game and career high 24 points and added a career-best 13 rebounds, was no match for a Siena attack that saw five Saints in double figures led by Antoine Jordan's 20 points.
Duquesne jumped out to an early 18-11 lead before Siena went on a 16-2 run to take a 27-20 lead with four minutes left in the half. It was then that Palmer, whose previous career high was 20, scored the Dukes' final 11 points of the half to single-handedly cut the Siena lead to 33-31 at intermission.
The Dukes briefly tied the score early in the second half before Siena put the clamps on defensively, holding Duquesne to four field goals in the first 10 minutes of the half. The Saints' lead ballooned to 17 on a fast break dunk by Jordan with 9:36 left.
Duquesne answered with 3-pointers from Ryan and Jimmy Tricco followed by a layup and free throw from Bryant McAllister to cut the lead to 59-51 with 6:14 left, but DU could get no closer than seven the rest of the way as Siena hit 17-of-19 free throws in the second half to keep the Dukes at bay..
Siena outshot Duquesne 43.1 percent to 35.5 percent and also enjoyed a 46-34 edge on the boards. The Dukes struggled from the 3-point arc, converting just 5-of-24.
Michael Haddix (14 points), Tommy Mitchell (13), Austin Andrews (12) and Justin Miller (11) joined Jordan in double figures for Siena, but it was Jordan's four 3-point field goals - including three in the second half - that were the difference for the Saints.
Haddix and Miller led Siena with 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.
Palmer, who scored 17 of his 24 in the first half, was joined in double figures by Jon Pawlak (11 points) and Jimmy Tricco (10 points). Freshman Kieron Achara came off the bench to add seven rebounds in 14 minutes for the Dukes.
NOTES: It was the second career double-double for Palmer who scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win vs. St. Francis, NY last season ... Palmer's previous career scoring high was 20 vs. Temple last season ... Duquesne made just 7-of-13 free throws in the second half ... Siena finished the game 22-of-24 (91.7%) from the free throw line.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I thought that in the first 10 to 15 minutes we had a great opportunity to get a lead. We just didn't shoot the ball well enough to get the job done.
"We got a great effort from Elijah Palmer. It just wasn't to be. We needed to shoot the ball better. Part of it was us and part of it was Siena's defense. I thought at times we rushed some shots, didn't use enough of the clock. They are a very poised team that won 20 games a year ago. Our guys knew how good they were."
Duquesne forward Elijah Palmer: "They kept their composure. Every time we made a run, they came right back. I think the keys were our poor shooting and their rebounding and clutch shooting. If we'd have made some free throws [in the second half] we would have had a better chance for a comeback.
"In the second half I was a little fatigued. I'm not used to playing as many minutes as I did in the first half. I missed too many free throws down the stretch [1-4 in the second half]."