Dukes Top Robert Morris 91-70
Dec. 28, 2003
Ron Dokes posted his first career double-double with 26 points and a career high 12 rebounds to power Duquesne to a 91-70 win over Robert Morris at the Palumbo Center. The Dukes topped the 90-point mark for the first time in two years in ending a four-game losing streak.
Hot-shooting Robert Morris hit its first seven 3-point attempts of the game, the last of which - by Aaron Thomas - gave the Colonials a 27-26 lead at the 7:23 mark. Following a timeout, Duquesne put together a 19-10 run to close out the half with a 45-37 lead. Dokes scored 6 and Jack Higgins, who finished the game with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench, added 5 during the run.
The Dukes upped the lead to 12 on a Martin Osimani 3-pointer with 14:33 left before Robert Morris rallied to cut the lead to five on a layup by Liviti Clark with 10:50 to go. Dokes answered with a dunk off a fast break and then hit one of two free throws to up the lead to eight a minute later. RMU would get no closer the rest of the way.
Elijah Palmer joined Dokes and Higgins in double figures for the Dukes with 17. Osimani, who finished the game with 8 assists, added a career-high 10. Freshman center Kieron Achara came off the bench to score 5 points, grab 4 rebounds and block 5 shots in 16 minutes of action for DU.
Thomas led Robert Morris with 23 points and 10 rebounds. After hitting their first seven 3-point attempts in the first 12:37 of the game, the Colonials cooled off considerably, hitting 3-of-17 from the arc the rest of the way. Duquesne outrebounded Robert Morris 42-35 and committed a season-low 6 turnovers. DU also outsthot the Colonials 47.8 percent to 37.7 percent.
NOTES: Duquesne's 91 points were its most since 95 in a 95-66 win over Fordham on Feb. 2, 2002 ... the Dukes' six turnovers were its fewest since 6 in a 78-69 win over UMass on Feb. 6, 2002 ... Dokes, who had scored 19 points in DU's four previous games, topped the 20-point mark for the third time in his career ... his previous career rebounding high was 11 vs. St. Francis, NY last year ... Achara's 5 blocked shots were the most by a Duquesne player since Eriq Mason rejected 6 in a 91-64 win over Illinois State on Dec. 4, 1996.
QUOTES: Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "We were very vulnerable coming into this game. We took a hard shot from Robert Morris. They played very efficiently, they just couldn't sustain it. They hit their first seven 3-pointers and that can affect you psychologically. I think the two key stats for us were that we turned it over six times ... three in the first half and three in the second, and that we were making our free throws. Those two things have been our nemesis."
Duquesne forward Ron Dokes: "This was a very important game coming off the loss to Minnesota. We wanted to come out with some energy. My card was pulled tonight. I came back with a lot more passion after Christmas break.
The Dukes return to action on Wednesday, December 31st when they will host Cornell. The New Year's Eve game will tip off at 12:00 noon EST at the Palumbo Center.