Dukes Fall To Panthers, 59-45
Dec 3, 2003
No. 22 Pittsburgh used a 17-5 run to open the second half in defeating Duquesne 59-45 in front of the Dukes' first sellout crowd since 1994. Carl Krauser led the Panthers with 17 points. Ryan Tricco came off the bench to lead Duquesne with 10.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with eight ties and two lead changes, with neither team managing a lead of more than four points. Duquesne's Jimmy Tricco hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with under a minute left to give the Dukes a 24-22 halftime lead.
The second half was all Pittsburgh as the Panthers limited the Dukes to three field goals over the first 9:50 of the second half to turn the two point deficit into a 43-31 lead. Krauser scored six and Julius Page, who finished the game with 13 points, added seven during the run. Duquesne, behind seven second-half points from Ryan Tricco, managed to cut the lead to nine twice, the last time with just under three minutes left in the game. Krauser and Page answered with two free throws each to up the Panthers lead to 13 at the 1:02 mark.
Elijah Palmer and Jon Pawlak finished with nine points each for Duquesne. Palmer also led the Dukes with seven rebounds. Duquesne shot 35.2 percent on the night, including a 5-of-23 effort from the 3-point arc. Pittsburgh finished 44.0 percent from the field. The Panthers also won the battle of the boards 37-31.
NOTES: Five of Duquesne's 11 turnovers came during the first nine minutes of the second half ... Ryan Tricco and Jon Pawlak combined for 14 of Duquesne's 21 second half points ... starters Ron Dokes, Jimmy Tricco and Elijah Palmer were held scoreless for the final 17:20 of the game ... the crowd of 6,303 was the largest in A.J. Palumbo Center history.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "The key of the game was the beginning of the second half. They came out and we weren't ready to play. We turned the ball over and that led to some easy baskets. Pitt is a good, strong quality basketball team. They are as physical as anyone we've played."
Duquesne forward Elijah Palmer: "In the first half, we were getting to the basket and getting some easy buckets. We came out a little flat in the second half. We're just not putting it together in the second half. But we'll get better."
Duquesne guard/forward Jimmy Tricco: "They did a good job of chasing me off screens. I just didn't knock down open looks. We knew they were going to come out hard [to start the second half]. We just didn't answer it."