Dukes Tame Retrievers, 76-69
Dec. 11, 2004
Bryant McAllister scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the second half to help Duquesne snap a six-game losing streak with a 76-69 win over the University of Maryland Baltimore County at the Palumbo Center. McAllister, who became the first Duke to score 30 in a game since Courtney Wallace scored 34 in a win over Ohio on Dec. 12, 2000, hit 8-of-13 shots from the field and converted 14-of-17 from the foul line. Andrew Feeley led UMBC with 15 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with just over four minutes left.
UMBC jumped out to a 19-9 lead and led by eight with just over two minutes left in the first half before Duquesne closed with a 12-0 run to take a 33-31 lead at the break. The Dukes maintained a slim lead until Cory McJimson hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 43-43 with 13:14 left. DeVario Hudson answered with a jumper to ignite a 20-2 run that gave the Dukes a 63-45 lead with under nine minutes to go. UMBC battled back and cut the lead to four with 1:45 on the clock on the second of back-to-back 3-pointers by Brian Hodges, but the Dukes wouldn't fold as McAllister hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final 1:03 to seal the victory.
Duquesne shot a season-best 51.0 percent from the field while holding UMBC to 40.4 percent. The Dukes also enjoyed a 34-20 edge in points in the paint. UMBC went 8-of-19 from the 3-point arc, while Duquesne converted 1-of-7. DU, which entered the game as the nation's top free throw shooting team, hit 25-of-30 from the foul line while UMBC hit just 15-of-30 foul shots. Kieron Achara posted his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Duquesne. Martin Osimani added 10 points and 5 assists for the Dukes. Rashad Bilal scored 14 and Hodges finished with 13 for the Retrievers.
The Dukes, who finish exams on Wednesday, Dec. 15, next head to Athens, Ohio for the first of a three-game road trip. Ohio U. (3-2) will host the Dukes on Sat. afternoon, Dec. 18th, at 2:00 p.m.