Put a bow on it
Dec. 21, 2013
The Dukes shot 62.3 percent in winning back-to-back road games for the first time since January of 2011.
Mason, who missed DU's previous five games - including Tuesday's 78-71 win at Saint Francis, Pa. - with a broken bone in his hand, went 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc in his return. White came off the bench to go 4-of-4 from the arc as the Dukes set Jim Ferry Era highs for 3-pointers (13), field goal percentage (62.3%), assists (27) and points.
"This is the first time we have had our whole team together," said Ferry, DU's second-year coach. "All we talk about is being unselfish. We played the right way today offensively. We told our guys not to hold the ball, because it we can move the basketball, the ball will find a good shot."
Duquesne hit eight of its first nine shots in jumping out to a 19-3 lead. Soko had nine and Dominique McKoy five in the game-opening outburst. The Dukes, who assisted on 13 of 14 first half field goals, built the lead to 40-23 before the River Hawks cut it to 41-30 on a Mark Cornelius tip-in at the first half horn.
Mason opened the second half with his third 3-pointer and gave the Dukes an 18-point lead on another three at the 15:32 mark. A McKoy dunk made it 60-38 with just over 14 minutes left.
White, who hit all four of his 3-pointers in the second half, helped Duquesne maintain at least a 20-point lead until the Dukes emptied the bench in the final minutes.
"We're just worried about getting better every day," said Ferry. "Its nice to have our team together and get some people back into different roles and play the way we want to play."
Duquesne breaks for Christmas prior to playing the third of three in a row on the road when it heads to Edinburg, Texas to face Texas-Pan American (4-9) on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 3:00 p.m. (ET).
The last time Duquesne won two in a row on the road was in January of 2011 when the Dukes posted victories at Green Bay, at Saint Joseph's, at Houston Baptist, at La Salle and at Fordham over a six week span.
Duquesne finished with 27 assists and 5 turnovers ... seven players finished with three or more assists led by Jeremiah Jones who handed out a career-high 6 ... DU assisted on 27 of 33 field goals.
This was the first time DU shot better than 60 percent since hitting 34-of-56 shots (.607) in a 90-54 win at Bowling Green on Nov. 22, 2010.
This is the first time DU has shot .500 or better in back-to-back games since December of 2011 (.525 vs. Bowling Green & .579 vs. Houston Baptist) ... the Dukes shot .520 in Tuesday's win at Saint Francis, Pa. ... the last time the Dukes put together three-straight .500-plus outings was earlier in 2011-12 season against Louisiana-Lafayette, Pitt & Tennessee Tech.
Junior forward Dominique McKoy, who finished with 9 points on 4-of-5 shooting, is 23-of-29 from the field in his past six games.
Sophomore guard Micah Mason, who missed five games with a hand injury suffered Nov. 20 vs. Albany, started and went 5-of-7 from the field (4-of-6 from 3-point) and had three assists in 25 turnover-free minutes.
Duquesne follows its 1,150 mile round trip to Lowell, Mass.with a 3,350 mile round trip to Edinburg, Texas to face Texas-Pan American on Dec. 29. The Dukes' next home game is Thurs., Jan. 2 against Appalachian State at Palumbo Center.