Dukes Iced by Penguins, 72-51
Dec. 17, 2005
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.
Hudson led the Dukes with nine rebounds, while Humphrey added 11 boards to complete his double-double for YSU.
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."