Dukes Rally Falls Short in 84-74 Loss at Penn State
Dec. 29, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, PA. - D.J. Newbill had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Nick Colella added a career-high 15 points off the bench as Penn State (8-4) held off hard-charging Duquesne (7-7) to post an 84-74 win at Bryce Jordan Center.
The Dukes, who trailed by 22 with under 10 minutes left, cut it to five in the last minute before Penn State hit 5-of-8 free throws in the last 39 seconds to pull away.
Duquesne, which trailed 39-28 at the half, cut it to eight on a pair of Jerry Jones free throws with 16:38 left, before managing just one field goal - a Johnson three-point play - and four free throws over the next 7:13 as PSU built its lead to as many as 22.
The Dukes chipped away behind Johnson and Colter, who scored 10 in the second half, to cut it to seven with just over a minute remaining.
Winters hit a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left to cut the lead to 79-74, before Newbill hit one of two free throws.
Colter, who went 3-of-7 from the arc, missed a 3-point attempt and Newbill was fouled and missed both, but PSU's Akosa Maduegbunam grabbed the long rebound and converted a pair of free throws to make it an eight-point game. Newbill added a pair of free throws with six seconds left for the final margin.
There were a total of 54 fouls called in the game that lasted nearly two hours and twenty minutes. Four Dukes and two Nittany Lions fouled out as the two teams combined for 65 free throw attempts, 53 of which came in the second half.
"Penn State got up 11 more because of our offense - or lack thereof - than it was our defense," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "They only shot 40 percent in the first half. You just can't keep guarding and guarding and guarding in transition. You need the ball to go through the net every once in a while. We didn't make shots, but you've got to keep playing. The kids saw that the game is 40 minutes long. You've got to just grind and focus on what you can control and I thought we did a decent job of that."
Penn State led by 11 with under three minutes left in the first half before the Dukes cut it to five on a Jerry Jones jumper at the 1:24 mark. Nick Colella - a 25 percent career 3-point shooter, who hit a career high five 3-pointers on seven attempts, drilled a three from the right corner to make it 34-26.
Jerry Jones was then called for an offensive foul and head coach Jim Ferry was assessed a technical foul. Newbill hit one free throw before the DU bench was tagged with another technical 10 seconds later. Newbill hit both free throws and Sasa Borovnjak scored on a driving layup to make it a 13-point game with 25 seconds left in the half. On DU's next possession, a double technicals were called on Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones and Borovnjak before Winters hit a pair of free throws to make it 39-28 at the half.
Penn State, which shot 42.4 percent, controlled the glass outrebounding the Dukes 50-28. PSU outscored DU 23-7 in second chance points.
Duquesne, which shot 37.3 percent, went 21-of-29 from the foul line. Penn State converted 26-of-36 free throw attempts.
Duquesne will be idle until the Atlantic 10 opener on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Fordham. The game, scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start, will be televised nationally on the YES Network.
The loss dropped Duquesne's road record to 1-5.
Sean Johnson was 5-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line in scoring his 19-second half points ... Johnson, who went 0-of-3 in a scoreless first half, was 5-of-10 for the game ... Johnson ranks 32nd on DU's all-time scoring list with 1,087 points ... he needs five to pass No. 31 Jim Tucker (1,091 from 1952-54).
Quevyn Winters, who finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, notched his first double digit game since Dec. 1 (13 points vs. Maine).
The Dukes will be idle until the Atlantic 10 opener on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Fordham (YES Network) ... Duquesne's next home game is Saturday, Jan. 12 vs. Saint Joseph's.