Duquesne Falls To Appalachian State
Dec. 31, 2005
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Duquesne battled back from a 15-point first half deficit to take a 10-point lead with 7:00 to go only to be outscored 17-4 the rest of the way as Appalachian State defeated the Dukes 71-68 in the consolation game of the Duquesne Holiday Tournament at the Palumbo Center.
Appalachian State's D.J. Thompson led all scorers with 23 points.
Keith Gayden posted career highs in both points (19) and rebounds (12) for Duquesne.
DU, which trailed by eight at the half, erased a seven-point deficit with a 23-6 run to take a 64-54 lead on a Brian Kelly 3-pointer at the 7:00 mark. Gayden scored 11 and Chauncey Duke, who finished with a career-best 14 points, added five during the run.
Kelly's field goal would be the last of the game for the Dukes who managed to hit just four of seven free throws over the final seven minutes.
Thompson, who scored eight points during the game-deciding 17-4 run, got things started by converting a four-point play at the 6:37 mark to cut Duquesne's lead from eight to four.
Thompson gave the Mountaineers the lead for good on the second of two free throws with 2:13 left to make the score 69-68.
Duquesne's DeVario Hudson missed a 3-point attempt late in the shot clock on Duquesne's next possession. ASU's Nathan Cranford, who was fouled on the rebound, converted a pair of free throws with 38 seconds left to make it 71-68.
Duquesne's Bryant McAllister missed a driving shot in the lane with 19 seconds left, but the Dukes retained possession when the ball went off an Appalachian State player out of bounds. Following a timeout, Aaron Jackson got off a deep 3-point attempt with five seconds left that glanced off the front rim. Appalachian State rebounded and ran out the clock to preserve the win.
NOTES: Duquesne hit a season-high 10 3-pointers, including the first career 3-point makes for Gayden and Brian Kelly ... Gayden, who entered the two-game tournament without a career double-double, followed yesterday's 12-10 effort vs. Troy with career highs in both points (19) and rebounds (12) ... Chauncey Duke tied his career-best with four 3-pointers in scoring a career-high 14 points ... Bryant McAllister also tied a career-best with nine assists ... Appalachian State's largest lead was 15 at 35-20 with 6:19 to go in the first half ... DU's largest lead was 64-54 with 7:00 left ... the loss dropped Duquesne's all-time record to 13-2 in New Year's Eve games.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "We dug ourselves a hole. I was very pleased with the comeback but we exerted so much energy, that when they made their run we just weren't able to counter it. We're going to need four, five or six players playing well at the same time instead of three or four. We need more guys to play an `A level' type game. That's were the inconsistency is. We have no margin for error. For us to win a basketball game - with the competition we're playing - we have to be at 80 or 90 percent effectiveness ... it might be 95, I don't know, but its very high.
"That whole run at the end, if we answer any part of it with any kind of effectiveness - defensively or offensively - we can pull away.
"When I look at our team picture, and see what we're playing with now I never had dreams that when we took that picture on Oct. 15 that there would be that much change. We've got to play with the players we have, and I really like them, but we have to get good enough to win a game."