Duquesne Falls To Robert Morris, 74-63

Dec. 29, 2004

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Tony Lee led a balanced Robert Morris attack with 14 points in helping the Colonials to a 74-63 win over Duquesne before the second-largest crowd ever at RMU's Sewall Center. The win, which came before a crowd of 2,852, was the Colonials' first over the Dukes since Dec. 22, 1990 snapping a six-game Duquesne series win streak.

Kieron Achara, who went 6-of-6 from the field, led Duquesne with a career-high 19 points. Robert Morris, which went 7-of-14 from the 3-point arc for the game, hit its first three 3-point attempts in jumping out to an 11-4 lead. Duquesne rallied to tie the score on a Jack Higgins 3-pointer with 13:47 to go in the half and took its only lead of the game at 18-17 on a Tyler Bluemling 3-pointer at the 8:46 mark. There were a total of four ties and two lead changes before Mark Anderson, who finished with 10 points, scored with 3:02 left in the half to give Robert Morris a lead it would never relinquish.

The Colonials, who shot 59.3 percent in the second half and 50 percent for the game, upped the lead to 11 on a Cori Boston 3-pointer with just under 14 minutes on the clock. Duquesne responded with a 9-2 run capped by a Higgins 3-pointer with 12:12 left to cut the lead to four at 51-47. Following a timeout, RMU answered with baskets by Chaz McCrommon and Lee to build the lead back to eight. DU briefly cut the lead to five with 5:21 left before Robert Morris reeled off nine straight points to take its largest lead of the game at 70-56 with 1:42 to go and coasted to the win.

Duquesne, which shot 52 percent in the second half and 47.1 percent for the game, went just 5-of-17 from the 3-point arc. The Dukes turned it over 15 times to Robert Morris' 11. Duquesne outrebounded Robert Morris 31-27. Bryant McAllister, who went 5-of-13 from the field, scored 12 for Duquesne. Jack Higgins and Keith Gayden came off the bench to add 11 points each for the Dukes. Gayden and McAllister each pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.




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