Duquesne Falls at 11th-ranked Maryland, 89-39

Box Score

No. 11 (AP) Maryland forced 35 turnovers, including 20 in the first half, in defeating Duquesne 89-39 at the Terps' Comcast Center.

Maryland was dominant from the start, jumping out to a 19-3 lead in the first 5:06 as Duquesne struggled against UM's pressure defense. Drew Nicholas scored all of his game-high 19 points in the first half for Maryland. In addition, Terps' point guard Steve Blake handed out 10 of his 13 assists in the opening 20 minutes, as Maryland raced to a 51-19 halftime lead.

Duquesne got no closer than 26 in the second half, as the final 50-point margin was Maryland's largest lead of the game. Duquesne's 39 points were its lowest since an 81-37 loss at #24 Temple on Jan. 29, 2000. The 50-point margin of defeat was the largest since a 52-point (109-57) loss at George Washington on Jan. 28, 1999.

Simplice Njoya, Kevin Forney and Tyler Bluemling led Duquesne with seven points each. Ron Dokes and Brad Midgley paced DU with six rebounds each. Ryan Randle added 16 points for Maryland. Duquesne shot 29.4 percent from the field, while Maryland finished at 45.3 percent. The Terps outscored the Dukes 46-10 in the paint and 42-12 in points off turnovers.


Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:

"It was a blowout. Maryland is a superior team. I knew it could get bad like this, and I was hoping we'd handle it a little better than we did. You have to be able to handle their press. We could have practiced until doomsday, but we couldn't recreate their speed. Maryland hits the throttle and goes 100 miles per hour. We hit the throttle and go 75 or 80, but our car goes completely out of control.

"In our rebuilding process, you have to come in and play in these kind of games. We have to learn how to compete at this level."


  • Nine different Dukes played at least 15 minutes.

  • DU committed 35 turnovers at Maryland. The Dukes are averaging 22.8 turnovers per game.

  • Tonight's defeat was the Dukes' worst loss since a 52 point defeat at George Washington (109-57) on Jan. 28, 1999. The next year, Duquesne topped the host Colonials 80-77 on Jan. 22, 2000.

  • Junior college transfer Derek Ahearn saw his first action of the season tonight scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds in four minutes.

  • True freshman point guard Bryant McAllister played a season-high 27 minutes tonight.




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