Dominique McKoy posted a 12-10 double-double for the Dukes
Dec. 11, 2013
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PITTSBURGH - Allen Roberts came off the bench to lead Penn State with 15 points as the Nittany Lions limited Duquesne to 27 percent shooting in a 68-59 win at CONSOL Energy Center.
Ovie Soko had 19 points in 22 minutes before fouling out with 5:37 left and Dominique McKoy posted a 12-10 double-double for the Dukes who fell to 3-4. Penn State, which also got 13 points from D.J. Newbill and 11 points and 13 assists from Tim Frazier, moved to 8-3.
Duquesne, which shot a Jim Ferry Era-best 59.6 percent in its last game, a 94-88 win over UMBC last Wednesday, shot a Ferry Era low against the Nittany Lions.
"We made 21 free throws, they took 10. We beat them on the glass and only had seven turnovers," said Ferry, Duquesne's second-year head coach. "You are supposed to win that game. If we just shoot 36 percent we can win that basketball game. When you shoot that poorly - 27 percent - that's a hard game to win."
Duquesne which fell behind 30-19 on a Roberts 3-pointer with just over six minutes left in the first half, rallied to cut the lead to 30-25 on a Jeremiah Jones fast break layup two minutes later.
PSU built its lead back to 35-26 at the half.
The Nittany Lions stormed out of the blocks to take a 43-28 lead just over three minutes into the second half.
McKoy scored five-straight points to pull the Dukes within nine. A pair of Soko free throws made it 47-40 with 10:40 to go. Desmond Ridenour threaded the needle to Isaiah Watkins for a layup to make it a five-point game. Roberts ended the mini-run with a 3-pointer that made it 50-42.
The Dukes trailed by six when Soko, who had 18 points and 9 rebounds at the time, picked up his fourth foul with 7:52 left.
Newbill hit a 3-pointer on PSU's next possession and Donovon Jack followed with a layup off a pass from Frazier to push the lead back to 11. Ross Travis added another 3-pointer to make it 58-44 with just under six minutes left.
Soko re-entered the game, and fouled out after hitting a free throw with 5:37 to go and the Dukes down 58-45.
Roberts hit a jumper off a pass from Frazier to make it a 19-point game with 2:14 to go.
A steal and dunk by McKoy with 27.8 seconds left capped a frantic Duquesne rally that made it 67-59, but the Dukes could get no closer as Frazier added a free throw for the final margin.
"You've got to make a shot," said Ferry. "Never in my mind would I think that everybody would have a bad night - other than Domo [Dominique McKoy] - on the same night and everybody did offensively."
Duquesne concludes its three-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 14 against Robert Morris (3-7) at 2:00 p.m. at A.J. Palumbo Center.
Dominique McKoy's 12-10 double-double was the first of his career ... McKoy was 5-of-6 from the field.
Ovie Soko, who entered the game on a school record pace for free throws attempted per game (9.5), went 12-of-14 from the stripe ... Soko, who had 14 at the half, scored DU's first nine points.
Soko went 12-of-14 from the foul line ... the rest of the team was 9-of-20.
Duquesne's starting backcourt of Derrick Colter & Tra'Vaughn White, which entered the game averaging a combined 28.5 ppg. finished with 8 points ... Colter was 2-of-9 and White went 1-of-12 ... the two were 0-of-7 from 3-point.
Freshman forward Isaiah Watkins, who missed the first six games while recovering from knee surgery, made his Duquesne debut ... the 6-7, 220-pound Toronto native, who was the Dukes' first sub, scored 2 points and had 5 rebounds in 12 minutes.
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