#DUQMBB Wins Third in Row, 88-69 at Texas-Pan American
Dec. 29, 2013
EDINBURG, TEXAS - Ovie Soko scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the first half to lead Duquesne to an 88-69 win at Texas-Pan American.
The win - DU's third in a row - upped the Dukes' record to 6-5. UTPA, which was led by Shaquille Hines' game-high 27 points, dropped to 4-10.
"We had one guy play over 30 minutes and everybody else was at 28 or less," said Ferry who is in his second season at Duquesne. "That's a balanced team when you have four or five in double figures. That's the way we want to play. We were able to get our 80-plus points and, more importantly, hold them under 70."
The game was tied at 15-15 before Desmond Ridenour hit a layup and Soko converted a three-point play to start a 24-6 run that gave the Dukes a 39-21 lead. Mason scored all eight of his first-half points - including a pair of 3-pointers - in a 1:15 span during the run.
The Dukes, who scored 13 points off Broncs turnovers, led 49-34 at the half.
Duquesne, which played a good portion of the second half with starting forwards Soko and Dominique McKoy saddled with four fouls, maintained a double-digit lead until Javorn Farrell hit a 3-pointer to make it 74-65 with 5:36 left.
The Dukes answered with a McKoy put-back, followed by layups from Soko and Jeremiah Jones to push the lead back to 15. The 19-point final margin matched Duquesne's largest lead of the game.
DU, which shot 50 percent or better for the third consecutive game, held UTPA to 38.9 percent shooting in the second half and 43.5 percent for the game.
"This was a great team win," said Ferry. "We're clicking offensively and we're getting better defensively. We've been pretty locked in and we need to continue to get better."
Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh to host Appalachian State on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). It will be DU's first home game since Dec. 14.
Duquesne's three-game win streak ties its longest under Jim Ferry.
The last time Duquesne won three in a row on the road was in January of 2011 when the Dukes posted victories at Green Bay, at Saint Joseph's, at Houston Baptist, at La Salle and at Fordham over a six week span.
DU is now 3-1 on the road ... the three road wins are one more than the Dukes had last season (2-12)..
The 19-point margin of victory was Duquesne's largest on the road since a 91-72 win at Fordham on Jan. 26, 2011.
The win was DU's third in a row in the state of Texas ... Duquesne is now 3-2 all-time in the Lone Star State.
This is the first time DU has shot .500 or better in three-straight games since November/December of 2011 against Louisiana-Lafayette, Pitt & Tennessee Tech ... DU shot .520 at Saint Francis, .623 at UMass Lowell & .500 at Texas-Pan American in its past three games.
Junior forward Dominique McKoy, who finished with 8 points on 4-of-6 shooting, is 27-of-35 from the field in his past seven games.
Sophomore guard Micah Mason is 8-of-11 from the 3-point arc in two games back from a hand injury (he missed five games due to a broken bone in his hand suffered Nov. 20 vs. Albany) ... Mason, who has scored 14 points in each of his two games back, is 10-of-15 from the field with five assists and zero turnovers over that span.
Duquesne completes its 3,350 mile round trip to Edinburg, Texas on Monday before hosting Appalachian State on Thurs., Jan. 2 at Palumbo Center.