Dukes Knock off New Orleans, 88-70
Dec. 8, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Sean Johnson scored 21 points to become the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history in leading Duquesne (5-4) to an 88-70 win over visiting New Orleans (2-5).
Rarlensee Nelson had 10 points and 10 assists for the Privateers.
The Dukes dominated on the glass, outrebounding UNO 54-28. The plus 26 margin - DU's largest of the season - led to a 38-12 advantage in second-chance points.
Duquesne, which went 10-of-27 from the 3-point arc, outshot New Orleans 49.2 percent to 40.3 percent.
"It was a scrappy game," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "We got some good stops at times, but I didn't think it was a real sharp game by us. But the way they play really doesn't allow you to play a sharp game. These guys try to steal it, they are physical and they try to slap at the ball. I thought we handled it pretty well."
Six players combined for seven 3-pointers as the Dukes rolled to a 53-39 halftime lead. The 53 points were the most in a half for the Dukes who were coming off a 66-45 loss to Pitt on Wednesday. The Dukes led by seven before Johnson went over the 1,000-point mark on a right wing 3-pointer. Jerry Jones followed with another three and Quevyn Winters added a third a minute later to make it 46-31. DU was never threatened after the barrage.
UNO briefly cut it to 10 on a Cory Dixon jumper with just under 10 minutes left, before the Dukes responded with a 16-6 run - with Johnson scoring eight - to take an 86-66 lead on a Martins Abele layup with 2:38 left.
Johnson, who went 7-of-12 from the field, added 5 assists and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Duquesne returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 11 when it hosts West Virginia (4-3) at CONSOL Energy Center. The game, set for a 7:05 p.m. tip, will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.
This was the first meeting between the Dukes and Privateers.
With his 3-pointer from the right wing at the 5:32 mark of the first half, Sean Johnson became the 37th member of the Duquesne 1,000-Point Club ... Johnson, who finished with 21 points, has 1,016 points in 102 career games.
Duquesne, which was coming off a season-low 45 points in Wednesday's 66-45 loss to Pitt, scored 53 in the first half ... the 53 points were the most in any half this year by the Dukes ... nine of the 10 players who saw action in the opening 20 minutes scored ... six combined for DU's seven first-half 3-pointers.
DU outrebounded UNO 54-28 ... it was the second time this season the Dukes posted a +20 rebound margin (the other was +24 in an 84-74 win over Youngstown State (53-29) ... the 54 boards were a season high ... four players had seven or more led by Marhold (8) and Jerry Jones (8) ... Kadeem Pantophlet and Quevyn Winters had seven each.