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Dukes Iced by Penguins, 72-51
Jack Higgins
 
Jack Higgins
 

Dec. 17, 2005

Box Score

Youngstown State used 58.6 percent first-half shooting to build a 40-23 halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Duquesne, 72-51, at Beeghly Center.

The win was just the Penguins second in a 10-game series that dates back to 1941.

Keston Roberts and Quin Humphrey led YSU with 24 and 20 points, while DeVario Hudson scored 15 for Duquesne.

Youngstown State wasted no time in jumping out to an 11-2 lead as Roberts and Humphrey took advantage of three Duquesne turnovers and three DU missed shots to combine for nine of YSU's first 11 points.

Duquesne briefly cut the lead to seven before a Derrick Harris layup eight minutes into the game gave Youngstown State a 19-8 lead. YSU would maintain a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Duquesne managed to whittle Youngstown's 17-point halftime lead to 12 with 12:45 to go, before the Penguins went on a 12-4 run to take a 62-42 lead with 5:39 left.

YSU outrebounded Duquesne by 11 in the final 20 minutes to help counteract its 33.3 percent second-half shooting. Youngstown, which outscored DU 24-16 in the paint, was 19-of-26 from the foul line. Duquesne, which shot 38.5 percent for the game, was 5-of-6 from the stripe.

Jack Higgins came off the bench to hit 3-of-5 3-point attempts in adding 13 for DU. Bryant McAllister added 10 before fouling out with 6:27 left.

Hudson led the Dukes with nine rebounds, while Humphrey added 11 boards to complete his double-double for YSU.

NOTES: Duquesne turned it over 10 times in the first half ... YSU's largest lead was 23 with 2:04 left ... DU's 51 points and 26 rebounds were season lows ... Youngstown State's 48 percent shooting was a Duquesne opponent high ... the game was DU's first at Youngstown since 1951.

 

 

DUQUESNE HEAD COACH Danny Nee: "I'm very disappointed. We just can't seem to get any offense generated. We have no consistency, no movement right now. When you're on the road, you have to find ways to score points. There were some opportunities [in the second half]. They shot 30 percent [33.3%] in the second half and you've got to take advantage of that, but we got beat on second shots and rebounding. We need to generate some chemistry and get some ball movement. It is difficult since our confidence level is way down right now."

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