Dukes Fall to West Virginia in OT, 88-84
Dec 13, 2003
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Drew Schifino scored 27 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead West Virginia to an 88-84 overtime win over Duquesne at Morgantown.
Schifino, who hit 10-of-12 shots in the second half, helped the Mountaineers rally from a 34-25 halftime deficit. Jimmy Tricco led four Duquesne players in double digits with 20 points. He was joined by Jon Pawlak who scored a career high 19 and Elijah Palmer and Ron Dokes who added 16 and 11 points respectively.
Duquesne was sharp early, jumping out to a lead that reached 16 points when Palmer converted a layup with seven minutes left in the first half to make the score 27-11. West Virginia answered with a 12-0 run to cut the lead to four on a Kevin Pittsnogle free throw with just over three minutes left, before the Dukes rallied to build the lead back to nine at the half.
WVU outscored DU 17-7 to take a 42-41 lead on a Schifino dunk with 14 minutes remaining. Duquesne took the lead on a Pawlak layup with 10:57 to go and led by seven with 2:40 left when Schifino took over. The junior guard scored the Mountaineers' last nine points in regulation, including a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to tie the score at 75-75. Palmer missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 28 seconds left and Patrick Beilein misfired on a deep 3-point attempt with 3 seconds remaining to force the overtime.
Beilein opened the overtime with a 3-pointer to give WVU a lead it would never relinquish. Duquesne trailed 80-79 when a Dokes layup attempt rolled around the rim and out with 1:07 left. Schifino then hit another jumper and made the biggest defensive play of the game by getting a hand on Jimmy Tricco's 3-point attempt with 29 seconds left. The Mountaineers recovered the loose ball and connected on 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Duquesne outshot West Virginia 54.1 percent to 52.7 percent and outrebounded the Mountaineers 35-28. The Dukes struggled from the free throw line, converting just 9-of-17 attempts (52.9%) and turned the ball over a season-high 19 times. The loss overshadowed a solid effort from DU point guard Martin Osimani who handed out 10 assists. It was the first 10-assist game by a DU player since 1993.