Dukes Slip By FIU To Win New Year's Classic Championship
Junior Ron Dokes led the Dukes with 18 points.
Junior Ron Dokes led the Dukes with 18 points.

Dec 29, 2002

Box Score

MIAMI (AP) - Ron Dokes scored 18 points to push Duquesne to a 71-68 overtime victory over Florida International on Saturday night in the championship game of the FIU Hampton in New Year's Classic.

Duquesne (5-7) didn't commit a turnover during the overtime and forced Florida International (5-7) to miss its final three field goals.

Junior Matias made two free throws putting the Golden Panthers ahead 66-65. But Duquesne followed with field goals from Dokes and Simplice Njoya, sparking a 6-2 run to end the game.

The Dukes shot 33 percent from beyond the three-point line, compared to Florida International's 7 percent.

Elijah Palmer, who was named the tournament MVP, added 17 points for the Dukes and was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond three-point range. Dokes also made the All-Tournament Team.

Njoya and Kevin Forney also scored double digits for the Dukes, adding 14 and 12, respectively.

St. Fancis (NY) took third place in the New Year's Classic with a 69-63 win over Radford.

The Dukes return to action on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 31) when they host Maryland-Eastern Shore at 1:30 p.m. at the Palumbo Center. The game can be heard on KQV-AM (1410) and on the internet at www.redzonemedia.com.

Hampton Inn/New Year's Classic All-Tournament Team

Elijah Palmer, Duquesne (MVP)
Ron Dokes, Duquesne

Al Harris, FIU
Rodrigo Viegas, FIU
Bronski Dockery, St. Francis




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