Dukes Lose to Gophers in OT, 74-69

Dec. 22, 2003

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Duquesne's men's basketball team lost its third overtime game of the year with a 74-69 decision at Minnesota. Elijah Palmer led the Dukes with 21 points and nine rebounds while Bryant McAllister and Jon Pawlak each chipped in 11 points.

Adam Boone scored seven of his team-high 21 points in overtime to cap an 18-point second half comeback and give Minnesota a 74-69 win over Duquesne at Williams Arena. It was the third consecutive overtime road loss for the Dukes who led for all but 80 seconds of the game.

Minnesota, which took its first lead on Boone's 3-pointer with 2:07 left in the extra period, had a chance to win the game in regulation but Maurice Hargrow missed a jumper from the right side as time expired.

Duquesne took its largest lead of the game at 48-30 on a Jack Higgins 3-pointer with 14:29 left before Minnesota answered with a 14-0 run to cut the lead to four with 11:16 remaining. The Dukes were able to maintain at least a four point advantage until Boone followed a pair of Hargrow free throws with a 3-pointer to tie the game 59-59 at the 2:42 mark. Once again Duquesne answered with a layup from Jimmy Tricco and a steal and layup by Bryant McAllister sandwiched around a Kris Humphries layup to take a 63-61 lead with 47 seconds left.

On McAllister's steal and lay-in, Humphries was whistled for a pushing foul sending Palmer to the line and the Dukes up two. Palmer missed both attempts and Tricco fouled Humphries on the rebound. Humphries, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, hit both free throws to tie the game at 63-63.

On DU's next possession, Palmer missed a contested six-footer in the lane to set up Minnesota's final possession and Hargrow's miss. Palmer scored first in overtime, and after a Hargrow layup, Pawlak tipped in a miss to put the Dukes up 67-65 with 3:42 left. Boone then hit his 3-pointer to give the Gophers their first lead. Palmer answered with a bucket before Humphries scored again to make the score 70-69 with 48 seconds left. Palmer, who finished with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, missed a jumper with 32 seconds left before Boone was fouled and hit both to make the score 72-69. Pawlak then missed a 3-point attempt from the deep left corner before Boone was fouled with 11 seconds left and hit both for the final margin.



Duquesne, which shot 51.9 percent from the field in building a 35-22 halftime lead, finished the game at 43.5 percent. Twelve of the Dukes 20 turnovers came after intermission. Minnesota shot 36.8 percent for the game. The Gophers hit 14-of-18 free throws in the second half, while the Dukes converted just 7-of-14 after intermission.


On December 13, DU dropped an 88-84 decision at West Virginia and on December 17 Akron defeated the Dukes 64-61 in OT at Akron ... Duquesne never trailed until Adam Boone's 3-pointer with 2:07 left in overtime.


Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:

"You know when you have the lead at halftime that a run or spurt is going to come. We knew they were going to make runs at us. Our goal was to get to the first timeout, then the second and so on. As long as we could keep it to a two possession game we had a shot to win. We were making plays for the first 25-30 minutes. We stopped late in the game. I don't think we handled the press well. We don't have those wrinkles ironed out yet."

Duquesne forward Elijah Palmer:

"The game would have been over if I had made my two free throws [with Duquesne up 63-61 and 46 seconds left in regulation]. I was calm. I wasn't nervous. I felt good. The first one rimmed in and out ... that's how it goes sometimes. We're getting better, we're just not getting over the hump. We're 0-3 in overtime on the road. It is just making us stronger."

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