DU Edges UMES in OT, 74-71

Dec. 31, 2002

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Simplice Njoya scored four of his career high-tying 17 points in overtime to help Duquesne to a 74-71 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Duquesne, who trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, rallied to tie the game at 60-60 at the end of regulation when Elijah Palmer converted one of two free throws with 31 seconds left. DU, who last led 12-11 early in the first half, regained the lead on a pair of Njoya free throws with 3:39 to go in the overtime period.

Maryland-Eastern Shore briefly took the lead on a 3-pointer by Tee Trotter before Palmer answered with a 3-pointer to put the Dukes up for good at 65-63. Duquesne, who finished the game with 28 turnovers, turned it over just once and hit 11-of-14 free throws in the overtime period to seal the win.

UMES jumped out to a double-digit lead when guard Aaron Wellington, who scored all of his 18 points in the first 12:10 of the game, drilled his fourth 3-pointer of the half to put the Fighting Hawks up 29-19. Javes Wiggins then added a bucket to give UMES its largest lead of the game at 31-19 with 5:31 left in the half. Maryland-Eastern Shore, who shot 57.7 percent in the first half, was limited to 36.4 percent shooting during the second half as the Dukes battled back.

DU hit 11-of-17 shots in the second half to get back in the game. Palmer, who scored four points in overtime, finished with 16 points. Kevin Forney, who hit 5-of-6 free throws in overtime, added 14 points for Duquesne. Maryland-Eastern Shore's Trotter scored all of his game-high 21 points in the second half, including eight in the overtime period.

Duquesne finished the game shooting 51.1 percent from the field to help counteract the turnovers. The Dukes, who posted a season-high 16 steals, forced 27 UMES miscues on the afternoon.



NOTES: The win was Duquesne's third in a row and fifth in its last seven games ... Njoya posted a career high four steals to go along with his career high-tying 17 points.

QUOTES: - Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I'm really proud of our team. Maryland-Eastern Shore laid us flat out on our back in the first half. In the second half we came back in a box-and-one [on Wellington] that was a good adjustment and helped us. I thought we did a lot of good things in the overtime. Rebounding and turnovers are our problem. We have to increase the rebounds and decrease the turnovers."


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