Dukes Down Loyola, 70-61
Dec. 6, 2003
Jimmy Tricco's 3-pointer from the left corner with under a minute left helped Duquesne hold off hot shooting Loyola and propel the Dukes to a 70-61 win over the Greyhounds at Palumbo Center on Saturday.
Duquesne (2-2), which led by 12 at the half, saw Loyola (0-5) hit 14 of its first 21 shots after intermission to pull within three at 63-60 with 1:29 left. On its next possession, Duquesne ran the shot clock down before Elijah Palmer found Tricco in the deep corner. Tricco, who shot with three seconds on the 35-second clock, watched the ball bounce off the rim a couple of times before falling through with 53 seconds on the game clock.
Loyola, which shot 56 percent from the field for the game, missed its final four shots as the Dukes cemented the win with free throws from Bryant McAllister and Palmer in the final 21 seconds. Duquesne, which shot 23-of-37 from the line for the game, hit its final 10 free throws over the last five minutes.
Tricco tied for game scoring honors with Loyola's Shane James with 16 points. James scored 14 in the second half to key the Loyola rally. McAllister and Palmer added 14 and 12 points for the Dukes. Palmer and Loyola's Charlie Bell were the game's top rebounders with 8 each.
DU fell behind 8-3 before mounting a 16-2 run to take a 19-10 lead with 8:32 left in the first half. Duquesne's lead reached 14 before Jim Chivers scored just before the half to make the score 34-22. Loyola then hit six of its first seven shots of the second half to get back in the game, but the Greyhounds never got closer than three.
NOTES: Duquesne went 23-of-37 from the free throw line, while perimeter-oriented Loyola, which didn't shoot its first free throw until the 8:42 mark of the second half, finished 6-of-9 ... Tricco bounced back from a 2-of-11 performance vs. Pitt on Wednesday to hit 6-of-9 shots from the field including 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc ... Bryant McAllister, who was limited to 12 minutes vs. Pitt due to a sprained ankle, hit 10-of-14 free throws in scoring his 14 points ... McAllister also did not turn the ball over in 33 minutes ... Martin Osimani scored a season-best 9 points including his first 3-pointer as a Duke ... Osimani's clutch trey came with 3:03 left just after Loyola had cut the Duquesne lead to five points for the first time ... DU outscored Loyola in the paint 26-12 ... the Dukes also outrebounded the Greyhounds 33-27 and committed 11 turnovers to Loyola's 17 ... Duquesne maintained the lead from the 12:16 mark of the first half on.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I thought we played decent in the first half. In the second half, Loyola made their runs but we met them. Our Achilles' heel was our free throw shooting. Overall, we maneuvered through it and found a way to win" On Tricco's 3-pointer with under a minute left: "I think he's had some very unlucky bounces over the last few weeks. He wants the ball in that situation. If you could see him in practice, you'd know that. He deserved a break."
Duquesne guard/forward Jimmy Tricco on his late 3-pointer: "I knew the shot clock was winding down. I got a nice bounce on the rim and it went down. I wouldn't call it luck. I'd rather call it a 'shooter's touch.'"
"Overall, I didn't think we played as well as we could tonight. We didn't come out very poised in the second half. We knew Loyola was a scrappy team."