Dukes Come Up Short Against West Virginia
Dec. 12, 2010
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jonnie West led West Virginia's comeback from a 12-point deficit, putting the Mountaineers ahead to stay by making two free throws with 3:04 remaining and scoring all 10 of his points in the second half of a 64-61 victory over Duquesne on Sunday night.
West, the son of former NBA star Jerry West, scored eight consecutive points as the Mountaineers (7-2) turned a 50-44 deficit into a 52-50 lead on his two 3-pointers and a 15-foot jumper.
Duquesne, led freshman guard by T.J. McConnell's 18 points, twice regained the lead before West hit his two free throws and Darryl Bryant, who scored 12 points, followed with a 3-pointer.
McConnell then hit a jumper to get Duquesne back to within two points but B.J. Monteiro missed twice at the line with nine seconds remaining. After John Flowers made one of two free throws with 7.5 seconds left, McConnell missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.
Kevin Jones had 15 points and nine rebounds for West Virginia. Bill Clark scored all 16 of his points for Duquesne in the first half but sat out much of the second half with foul trouble.
Duquesne led 42-32 with 15:30 left in the game, but Clark got his fourth foul 90 seconds later and was held out for the next 10 minutes. By the time he returned, West Virginia led.
Flowers had 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots -- four that helped West Virginia during its second-half comeback.
West Virginia's Final Four team dominated the Dukes last season, winning 68-39 in Morgantown, in a game that wasn't competitive. This one was.
With McConnell scoring 10 points, the Dukes led in the first half 27-15. McConnell had four steals that led to scoring, and West Virginia -- bothered by the Dukes' quickness -- shot only 33 percent in the half (9 of 27).
The Mountaineers came back in the second half to shoot 57.7 percent (15 of 26) to Duquesne's 34.8 percent (8 of 23).
West Virginia, with a significant height advantage, held a 35-32 rebounding edge.