Hudson Leads Dukes to 90-61 Win Over The Citadel
Dec. 20, 2005
RECAP: DeVario Hudson tied his career highs for points (20), rebounds (11) and blocked shots (5) in leading Duquesne to a dominating 90-61 win over The Citadel at the Palumbo Center on Tuesday night. Bryant McAllister, who scored a game-high 22 points, tied his career high with nine assists as Duquesne snapped a three-game losing streak.
Duquesne led 12-11 when Hudson and McAllister hit back-to-back 3-pointers to key a 9-0 run that gave the Dukes their first double-digit lead of the game. The DU lead reached 17 on a Jack Higgins 3-pointer with just under seven minutes left before The Citadel reeled off 10 unanswered points to pull within seven at 32-25. But Hudson, who scored 18 in the half, hit a pair of field goals in a 17-second span to push the Duquesne lead back to 11.
The Dukes hit 7-of-12 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes including one by Aaron Jackson at the buzzer to open up a 48-31 lead. Duquesne, which forced 18 Citadel turnovers on the evening, built a 55-33 advantage as the Bulldogs missed eight of their first nine shots to open the second half. The Duquesne lead would never dip below 18 the rest of the game.
Jack Higgins and Chauncey Duke also scored in double figures for the Dukes with 11 and 10 points respectively. Aaron Jackson added a season-high seven assists as Duquesne as a team assisted on 23 of its 29 field goals.
NOTES: Duquesne posted season highs in points (90), field goal percentage (48.3%), rebounds (46) assists (23) and blocked shots (10) ... Hudson, who finished the game 8-of-11 from the field, was 7-of-8 in the first half ... he tied his career high for points and rebounds set last year at Richmond ... his five blocks tied the five he posted vs. La Salle at home last season ... McAllister, who scored 15 of his 22 in the second half, was 11-of-13 from the foul line ... Chauncey Duke (2-of-4) and Jack Higgins (3-of-6) combined to hit 5-of-10 3-point field goal attempts ... Duke's 10 points were a season-high ... Duquesne led from wire-to-wire ... Duquesne played with a nine-man roster ... sophomore forward Ryan Lambert was released from the team earlier in the day and senior guard Adam Souply was in street clothes with a sprained ankle ... DU's 90 points were its most since a 94-93 double overtime win at Dayton last year ... the last time the Dukes reached the 90-point mark in regulation game was in a 93-56 win over Fordham on Feb. 25, 2004.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I thought we were very active tonight, especially in the first half on defense. We moved the ball tonight as well as we have all season. Citadel's road trip and the travel [they played at Western Carolina on Sunday] took a lot out of them. I think our quickness was the difference.
On playing with a nine-man roster: "We are going to have to adapt and make some adjustments. There are some positives to come out of it. A lot of guys are getting more playing time and can play through their mistakes and learn their roles. When you have a smaller family, there is more food at the table and more pieces of the pie."