Dukes Lose At West Virginia, 86-66
Dec. 10, 2005
Kevin Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey combined for 41 points to lead West Virginia to an 86-66 win over Duquesne at Morgantown. DeVario Hudson led four Dukes in double figures with 16.
Five different Mountaineers combined to hit nine 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes to help WVU build a 48-33 halftime lead. Duquesne would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way as WVU used pinpoint shooting and a stingy 1-3-1 zone to keep the Dukes at bay.
West Virginia led 16-12 before going on a 10-0 run to build a double-digit lead it would never relinquish. Duquesne missed five shots and turned it over twice during the run which saw the Dukes go scoreless for 4:54. Aaron Jackson hit a 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to cut what had been a 21-point WVU lead to 15 at the half. West Virginia led by as many as 32 in the second half.
Duquesne, which finished the game with 19 turnovers, turned it over 12 times in the first half and WVU made the Dukes pay, outscoring DU 19-5 in points off turnovers.
The Mountaineers, who finished the game 13-of-31 from the arc, hit 9-of-19 in the first half. Pittsnogle, who was 7-of-7 from the line, finished with 21 points, while Gansey was 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc in adding 20 for WVU.
Hudson scored 12 of his 16 in
the second half on 6-of-9 shooting for
Duquesne. Jackson, who went 5-of-6 from the
field, added a season-high 12 points in 25
minutes. Jack Higgins and Bryant McAllister, who was held without
a field goal until the 4:05 mark of the first
half, finished with 11
points each. McAllister, who led the Dukes with
five assists, also had six turnovers.