Dukes Fall to Denver, 49-48
Dec. 22, 2002
Kevin Forney's leaning jumper in the lane rimmed out with three seconds left as Denver held on to defeat Duquesne 49-48 in the consolation game of the San Juan Shootout. Forney's miss came after the Dukes had rallied from a 49-43 deficit with just over two minutes remaining.
Denver's Carvell McAlister converted a three-point play at the 2:18 mark to give the Pioneers a six-point advantage, before Bryant McAllister drove to the hoop, was fouled, and converted a pair of free throws to cut the lead to five. Following a defensive stop, DU's Brad Midgley drilled a 3-pointer with 1:27 to go to cut the Denver lead to 49-48.
Denver's Erik Benzel then was called for a travel, turning the ball over to the Dukes with :36 on the clock. McAllister missed a 15-footer, but chased down his miss and was able to call timeout with 14 seconds remaining to set up Forney's final attempt. Following the Forney miss, the Dukes fouled Benzel who missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Duquesne the ball under the Denver basket with 2 seconds left. Ron Dokes was able to get off a 28-foot 3-pointer that was off the mark at the buzzer.
Forney led the Dukes with 13 points. Jimmy Tricco and Bryant McAllister added 11 and 10 points respectively for DU. Carvell McAlister was the lone Pioneer in double figures with 10. Duquesne, who led 29-24 at the half scored just one field goal in the opening 7:12 of the second half as Denver went on a 13-3 run to take a 37-32 lead. Duquesne tied the game at 37-37 on a Dokes dunk with 10:32 left, before Denver responded to take the lead.
DU shot 31.6 percent from the field and committed 12 of its 17 turnovers in the second half. Both teams endured scoring droughts of over six minutes during the second half.
NOTES: Duquesne led from the start of the game until the 16:42 mark of the second half ... DU's largest lead was 10 at 27-17 with 5:12 left in the first half ... the Dukes held Denver to 35.4 percent shooting, marking the fourth consecutive game a DU opponent shot under 40 percent from the field.
QUOTES: Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "We didn't execute our halfcourt offense in the second half. I know we were a little tired, but there are still things that needed to be done. I liked our execution on our last [Forney's] shot. Prior to that, I could name 50 times were we didn't execute."