Dukes Down Youngstown State, 61-56
Dec. 18, 2002
Jimmy Tricco hit a clutch 3-pointer off an inbounds pass with 3:41 remaining to help Duquesne snap a four-game losing streak with a 61-56 win over Youngstown State.
Duquesne, who had a five-point lead with 4:22 remaining, ran a set play for Tricco following a timeout, and the junior guard delivered with a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Dukes up 55-47.
Youngstown State could get no closer than six until TeJay Anderson's 3-pointer with two seconds left in the game. Ron Dokes led Duquesne with 13 points, while Kevin Forney and freshman Bryant McAllister chipped in with 11 each for DU. YSU's Adam Baumann led all scorers with 18.
Duquesne scored 13 points off of 13 Youngstown State turnovers to take a 30-21 lead at the half. YSU rallied to cut the lead to two on a pair of Baumann free throws with 5:38 left, but could never take the lead. Duquesne, using a combination of man-to-man and zone defenses, held Youngstown State to 39.1 percent shooting while converting at a 45.2 percent clip. Both teams finished the game with 20 turnovers.
NOTES: Duquesne led from the 11:10 mark of the first half on ... DU's largest lead was 11 (34-23) at the 18:52 mark of the second half ... McAllister's 11 points were a career high ... he hit all four of his attempts from the field (including one 3-pointer) and made both of his free throw attempts ... Brad Midgley came off the bench to add a team-high five assists to go along with seven points ... Duquesne assisted on 14 of 19 field goals and shot 75 percent (18-24) from the free throw line.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "This was a big confidence builder. I felt Duquesne needed a win badly. Our one goal was to win the basketball game any way we could. This was a game we needed going to San Juan.
"Tonight's game was won on the defensive end of the floor. We forced some turnovers late and got a few stops. I think Bryant McAllister gave us a real spark in the first half. Defensively he had a presence tonight.
I was pleased with the result, but three of our first four possessions of the game were turnovers. We have to keep working on that process of getting better."
Duquesne guard Jimmy Tricco: "They denied me the ball a lot, so I tried to take it a little more off the dribble. We've been waiting to get back out on the floor and battle somebody. We're coming along. We still have to clean up some things on offense. "Bryant [McAllister] had a great game. I was happy with the way he performed tonight. He really stepped it up."