Dukes Tripped Up by Zips in OT, 64-61
Dec. 17, 2003
Derrick Tarver scored six of his team-high 18 points in overtime to lead Akron to a 64-61 win over Duquesne at Rhodes Arena. It was the second consecutive overtime loss for the Dukes who dropped to 2-4 on the season. Bryant McAllister led three Duquesne players in double figures with a career high 21 points. Jimmy Tricco added 16 and Elijah Palmer finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for DU.
Duquesne battled back from a 13-point first half deficit to take its first lead since the early moments of the game on a Palmer layup with 5:21 to go in regulation. The lead changed hands three more times down the stretch before Martin Osimani tied the game at 55-55 on a hanging jumper in the lane with 1:03 remaining. Akron then missed a 3-point attempt and two free throws on its next possession giving the Dukes the ball with 10 seconds left.
On the final possession, Tricco's pass intended for Palmer in the lane was batted away by Jeremiah Wood setting up the overtime period. Ryan Tricco hit a 3-pointer to give Duquesne a 58-55 lead with 3:45 left. After a pair of free throws by Romeo Travis cut the lead to one, Ron Dokes missed a layup in traffic, Ryan Tricco rebounded and missed a putback before Dokes came up with the ball and was fouled with 1:03 on the clock. Dokes missed the front end of a one-and-one and Tarver scored off a fast break to give Akron a 59-58 lead.
DU, which finished the game with 17 turnovers, turned it over on its next possession to set up another Tarver bucket with 37 seconds left. On the next possession, McAllister, who finished the game 8-of-14, missed a jumper just inside the 3-point arc, but Dokes was able to gather in the rebound and find Tricco who misfired on a 3-point attempt with 14 seconds left. Akron's Romeo Travis then hit one of two free throws to give Akron a 62-58 lead that was cut to one when Tricco answered with his fourth 3-pointer of the night with 4 seconds left. Tarver was then fouled and converted both for the final margin.
Duquesne held Akron to 31.8 percent shooting, including a 7-of-33 performance in the second half, but could not capitalize due to the Zips' 23 offensive rebounds. Akron, which continually managed second and third shots, outscored the Dukes 17 to 4 in second chance points. Travis and Jeremiah Wood finished with 14 rebounds each for Akron.
NOTES: Akron led 26-13 with 7:39 left in the first half, and held a 30-24 lead at halftime ... the Zips won the battle of the boards 46-40, with half of their total coming on the offensive end ... Duquesne starters Martin Osimani (17 seconds left in regulation) and Elijah Palmer (2:33 in OT) both fouled out as the Dukes were whistled for a season high 25 fouls ... Palmer's double-double (15-11) was the third of his career and second this season ... McAllister's previous career scoring high was 19 set last year vs. both Troy State and Dayton ... Duquesne sophomore guard Jack Higgins, a transfer from Cleveland State, was scheduled to make his DU debut but sat out due to a back injury suffered Monday at practice.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "The 23 offensive rebounds was the key to the game. When a team rebounds like that you find yourself playing defense for a minute at a time as opposed to 35 seconds and it takes its toll. Fortunately, Akron shot the ball poorly and it really opened the door. "I can't tell you I told our team we played a good game. It was not that Akron was beating us, but it was us not finding a way to win. "I thought that when we went up three at the start of the overtime we had a good chance to win the game."
Duquesne guard Bryant McAllister: "The second shots they had really hurt us and helped them. If we limit them to one shot, we don't dig as big of a hole. "Execution is the key. We have to execute a little better. We battled back and had an opportunity to win the game. We have to stay positive. Shots just aren't going down for us in crunch time for us."