ITTSBURGH - UMass might just be the top team in the Atlantic 10 . . . when it comes to streaks.
In fact, the Minutemen may be the No. 1-ranked team in the country. Last night's 78-69 loss to Duquesne was that much of a jolt to Steve Lappas' patience.
UMass, in losing to the 7-14 Dukes for the first time in 17 meetings, has now lost three straight since a rousing win at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 26.
The Minutemen have now lost at least three straight games on three separate occasions this season. This is the same team that started the season 4-0 against national powers like Oregon and North Carolina State, and also, in a stretch not so long ago, knocked off the threesome of Temple, George Washington and Bonaventure in consecutive games.
But for every positive surge by the 9-11 Minutemen, there has been a more negative charge. Such as becoming only the second A-10 team to lose to Duquesne this season. The Minutmen are also a dismal 3-6 in the conference, marking the worst start by a UMass team in A-10 play since 1988-89, when John Calipari's first team started 2-7.
``It's pathetic,'' said UMass senior guard Shannon Crooks. ``And it starts from me all the way down to the bottom of the roster. I missed a couple of free throws that really would have helped us.''
The Minutemen played without Micah Brand, who missed his second straight game with a badlysprained left ankle.
But the 6-foot-11 junior's absence does not explain how the Minutemen, after leading by as many 14 points in the first half, and by 10 points after the break, could completely unravel down the stretch.
The Dukes, with senior forward Wayne Smith slashing his way to an 18-point first half, cut the UMass edge to six points late before the bulge grew to 10 at halftime. Smith scored five of Duquesne's last seven points in the half from the free throw line.
Crooks had 15 points in the opening half, while Anthony Anderson contributed 11.
Lappas blamed part of the collapse on depth. He received only two points in a collective 41 minutes off the bench from Brennan Martin, Kyle Wilson, Ronell Blizzard and Willie Jenkins.
``The game was decided in the first half, when we were only up by 10 at halftime,'' said Lappas. ``We should have been up by 14 or 15, except for our defensive intensity. But they beat us off the dribble, and then they shot a ton of free throws.''
The Minutemen collapsed after taking a 63-56 lead on a Crooks reverse drive with 8:01 left in the second half. They scored once, on a Blizzard tip-in, over the next 4:35, turned the ball over four times in six possessions and shot 1-for-4 from the floor.
Eric Williams, UMass' backup center who was a first-half hero after draining three 3-pointers, lost control of the ball once and threw it away on the next possession. Williams' turnovers led to back-to-back hoops by Smith, who finished with 25 points. By the time Crooks was picked clean by Kevin Forney and then called for a foul that led to the Duquesne guard's conventional three-point play, the Minutemen trailed by seven points, 72-65, with 3:25 left.
Forney's play capped a 20-4 Duquesne run. Crooks hit two free throws to cut the edge to 72-67 with 2:53 left, but also missed the front end of a pair of one-and-one opportunities during the next two UMass possessions.
ITTSBURGH - Micah Brand, suffering from a severe left ankle sprain suffered during a Jan. 29 loss to Dayton, missed his second straight game last night as UMass dropped a 78-69 decision to Duquesne.
Considering the way the Minutemen were able to jump out to a 14-point lead, the 6-foot-11 junior's absence didn't appear to be a difference-maker.
But after Steve Lappas finished squirming at the thought of the performance turned in by his bench, the Minutemen coach reached a different conclusion.
Lappas was forced to start backup center Eric Williams, who drained three treys as part of his 11-point first half before cooling off and scoring two points over the final 20 minutes.
This, in turn, made forward Ronell Blizzard the sixth man. The senior finished with only a second-half tip-in to his name.
The UMass reserve quartet of Blizzard, Kyle Wilson, Willie Jenkins and Brennan Martin combined to shoot 1-for-7 in a collective 41 minutes.
``If Micah's here, then you get eight more points, anyway,'' said Lappas. ``We definitely needed him. If you have him, then that gives you a better player to bring off the bench.''
Brand, who didn't travel with the team, is questionable for Saturday night's home game against La Salle.
``There's no way he's 100 percent Saturday, if he's available at all,'' said Lappas.
Put up your Dukes
Duquesne, which had dropped its first eight Atlantic 10 games, has now won its last two. Fordham preceeded UMass as a victim of the Dukes.
Duquesne entered with a defense that held opponents to a conference-best 41 percent shooting from the field - a number that seemed to fly out the window after the Minutemen shot 56 percent from 3-point range, and 57 percent overall, in the first half. UMass shot just 24 percent in the second half - after Duquesne coach Danny Nee let his team have it at halftime.
``I was pissed,'' said Nee. ``But we just had to give a better effort.''
The Dukes have responded to their coach of late.
``We've lost a lot of close games,'' said forward Wayne Smith. ``But this team has stayed close, and we're coming together right now. This is our season, right now.''
Some of the game's more traditional coaches view the 3-point shot as fool's gold. The Minutemen were 9-for-16 on 3's in the first half and led by 10 points, then 1-for-13 over the last 20 minutes and lost by nine.
Williams, 3-for-3 on treys in the first half, didn't get off another long-range attempt.
``We didn't expect him to step out and knock down that shot,'' said Nee. ``That's not in the scouting report.''
Mass struggling too
UMass, in flashes, has shown promise this season.
But more often, the 9-11 Minutemen (3-6 Atlantic 10) have turned in the sort of unraveling performance that was their 78-69 loss Wednesday night in Pittsburgh to Duquesne.
The Dukes, who had lost 16 straight games to UMass teams dating back to 1991, turned a 14-point first-half deficit into a nine-point win.
``A lot of guys on this team right now do not know how to play the game - not yet, anyway,'' said UMass coach Steve Lappas.
Senior guard Shannon Crooks is the only player who has started all 20 games this season. Crooks also happens to be one of the few players who qualifies as a certifiable tough guy.
``We have tough guys on this team, but as a group, no,'' said Lappas.
``We certainly have not been very tough lately.''
Said Crooks: ``I think that's right. We have some tough guys out there, but it's believing in yourselves sometimes that gets you through. On the court, the guys lose focus.
``Nobody's perfect, but when you get your chance, you have to contribute. And it doesn't have to be by scoring. It can be a dive on the floor, or a steal. But it has to be with a team effort.
``Defense is definitely a matter of team effort.''
Contributions were at a minimum against Duquesne. Though Crooks led the team with 19 points, and fellow starters Kitwana Rhymer, Anthony Anderson and Eric Williams all scored 13, the four players Lappas brought in off the bench combined to score just two points.
``We have seven games left, and for me, personally, I'm going to go all out,'' said Crooks.
Mark Murphy contributed to this report.
ITTSBURGH - Most basketball coaches would be pleased with a 10-point halftime lead. University of Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas was concerned with his Minutemen on top of Duquesne by that many in Atlantic 10 action last night.
His fears turned into reality in the second half.
Duquesne outscored UMass, 41-22, over the final 20 minutes and had a 20-9 run en route to a 78-69 victory before 2,580 noisy fans at the A.J. Palumbo Center. It was the Minutemen's third consecutive loss.
Lappas was worried because he knew the Minutemen have struggled on offense this season. After they connected on 15 of 26 shots (57.7 percent) and 9 of 16 attempts from 3-point range in the first half, Lappas figured the Minutemen would cool off.
The biggest key was the first half, he said. ''We should have been up by 15-20, not 10,'' Lappas said. ''They didn't make many field goals the first half but they shot a ton of foul shots, and that hurt.
''We couldn't play any better offensively than we did the first half, we were only up by 10. I told my assistants at the half I was worried because there was no way we were going to sustain that.''
UMass (9-11, 3-6) led by as many as 14 points in the first half and held a 47-37 advantage at intermission. But the Dukes (7-14, 2-8) got hot and went on a 20-9 run to take a 72-65 lead following a 3-point play by Kevin Forney with 3:25 remaining.
Duquesne's first lead came with 5:44 left when Wayne Smith, who scored a season-high 25 points, drove the baseline for a layup. That put the Dukes on top, 64-63. Smith then connected on a 3-point shot from the left side.
Ronell Blizzard tipped in a missed shot for UMass with 4:14 left to cut the deficit to 2, but Aaron Lovelace drove for a layup for the Dukes and Forney followed with the 3-point play.
Duquesne coach Danny Nee blistered his players with a halftime speech and when the Dukes made their move he was on his feet, trying to get the sparse crowd into the game.
''We came out hard in the second half. The window opened up and we jumped through it,'' Nee said.
Lappas was upset he didn't get more production from his bench. The Minuteman reserves scored just 2 points. UMass played without 6-foot-11-inch Micah Brand, who sat out with an ankle injury.
''We play 41 minutes off the bench and get 2 points. That's your story,'' said Lappas.
Shannon Crooks led UMass with 19 points.
Duquesne's victory snapped a 16-game losing streak to UMass. Prior to last night, the last time the Dukes defeated UMass was Feb. 9, 1991.
he Palumbo Center, once described by an opposing coach as having "no atmosphere," was hardly recognizable Wednesday night, what with all the noise emanating from the rafters.
To be sure, the Duquesne basketball team had something to do with it.
The Dukes put on a tremendous showing last night, energizing a crowd of 2,580 with their second consecutive victory - a come-from-behind 78-69 triumph - to end a 16-game losing streak to Massachusetts.
"The crowd helped us more than anything," said Duquesne forward Wayne Smith, who scored a season-high 25 points and sparked a 21-4 second-half run with seven consecutive points.
Duquesne trailed by 10 at halftime after Massachusetts bolted to an 18-4 lead at the start. The Minutemen shot 57.7 percent and made 9 of 16 3-points shots in the first half, including three each by Eric Williams and Shannon Crooks.
"The key to the game was the 10-point halftime lead. We should have been up by 15 or 20," Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas said.
It was the second consecutive victory for Duquesne (7-14, 2-8 Atlantic 10) after an eight-game losing streak. Massachusetts (9-11, 3-6) lost its third game in a row.
"This team has stayed together and gelled," Smith said. "The rest of these games is our season. We try not to dwell on the past."
Aaron Lovelace and Kevin Forney added 12 points each for Duquesne. Point guard Jamal Hunter had a career-high seven assists to go with nine points. Hunter did not commit a turnover in 35 minutes, and the Dukes went without a turnover in the second half - the second time in the past four halves that that has happened.
Duquesne fell behind 53-41 on a tip-in by Kitwana Rhymer with 16:49 left before Nee told his players to turn up the intensity while imploring the crowd.
"He's an emotional guy. He was just getting us pumped up," Lovelace said. "I wasn't surprised by it. He's just like one of the players."
When Brad Midgley hit a 3-pointer with 7:17 remaining to pull Duquesne within 63-60, the crowd went into a frenzy. Smith then stole the ball from Williams and took it in for a layup and was fouled. But Smith missed the free throw, denying Duquesne a chance of tying the score.
"Smith's seven points during that stretch was just magnificent, but Midgley's 3-pointer was the turning point," Nee said.
Moments later, the Dukes finally took their first lead on a reverse move under the basket by Smith, and his 3-point shot made it 67-63.
After Ronel Blizzard tipped in a shot for Massachusetts, Lovelace and Forney hit consecutive layups, with Forney completing a conventional three-point play to make it 72-65 with 3:25 to go.
"Going down the stretch," Nee said, "I just thought our crowd had as much energy as it's ever had in this building since I've been coaching."
Shannon Crooks led Massachusetts with 19 points. Rhymer added 17 points and 12 rebounds, Anthony Anderson had 14 points and Williams 13 points. The Minutemen played without starting forward Micah Brand (ankle).
Duquesne quickly fell behind by a big margin before clawing their way back into the game. They got within six on two free throws by Midgley with 3:49 remaining before halftime, but couldn't get any closer.
Massachusetts held a 10-point lead (47-37) at intermission.
Smith scored 18 first-half points for Duquesne to lead all scorers, but Massachusetts benefitted from balanced scoring to get its lead. The Minutemen put three players in double figures over the first 20 minutes. Crooks had 15 points, followed by Williams and Anderson with 11 each.
Duquesne was without freshman guard Aly Samabaly, who reinjured an ankle in a 95-66 victory over Fordham on Saturday.
uquesne had just given up 47 points to one of the more offensively challenged teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Dukes had shown none of the characteristics that enabled them to beat Fordham by 29 points four nights earlier.
So when Coach Danny Nee gathered his team at halftime, he laid into his players like he never had before.
"That was as emotional as I've seen him," Dukes senior Wayne Smith said.
"I was [teed] off," Nee said.
Nee's impassioned halftime speech centered around defense, and his team responded, looking nothing like it did in the first half. The Dukes limited Massachusetts to 22 second-half points and stormed back for a 78-69 victory before a small but raucous crowd of 2,580 at the Palumbo Center.
The victory snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Minutemen and was the second in a row after losing the first eight in conference.
The Dukes (7-14, 2-8), who have had trouble finishing games, won in the final nine minutes of the game when they held Massachusetts (9-11, 3-6) to three field goals and outscored the Minutemen, 26-8.
Smith, who didn't score in the first 13 minutes of the second half after getting 18 in the first half, took charge and scored five consecutive points in a 21-4 run. With 5:48 remaining, he stole the ball from Massachusetts guard Anthony Anderson and drove for a layup that pulled the Dukes within one, 64-63. On the next possession, he made a 3-pointer that gave the Dukes the lead for good.
"That was magnificent," Nee said. "Chris Clark came to me during the timeout and said to run 41 out, which is where he sets a screen for Smith. That's the first time the kids were coaching themselves and helping me. We spread the three guys on the other side of the floor, Chris nailed the screen, and [Smith] hit the open 3. Chris wouldn't have said that to me a month ago, and Smith wouldn't have listened."
Smith scored a season-high 25 points. He was 8 for 13 from the field and 7 for 9 from the free-throw line.
"I was relaxed and let the game come to me," Smith said. "I fed off my teammates and the crowd. Palumbo ought to be like that all the time."
With a little more than three minutes to go and his team playing defense, Nee waved to the crowd to become more involved in the game. They responded, and the Dukes picked up the pressure.
Massachusetts did not have a field goal in the final 4:15. The Minutemen shot 24 percent from the field in the second half after shooting 58 percent in the first half. They made 9 of 16 3-point attempts in the first half but just 1 of 13 in the second.
"We couldn't make a shot in the second half," Massachusetts Coach Steve Lappas said. "We had no lift from our bench. We had 41 minutes off our bench and one basket. There's your story right there."
This game figured to be a defensive-minded, low-scoring matchup. Both teams came into the game ranked in the upper half of the league in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense and were in the bottom half in scoring offense and field-goal percentage.
But the game had a decidedly offensive flavor in the first half. The Minutemen raced to an early 15-2 lead but couldn't shake the Dukes, who battled back within 10 points at halftime, 47-37.
"The big key was the first half," Lappas said. "We should have been up by 15 or 20. That was the key. There was no way we were going to sustain the kind of offense we had in the first half."
Feeling quite good about themselves, the Dukes travel to Rhode Island (6-13, 2-6) Saturday. It is another game the revitalized Dukes are capable of winning.
"I feel confident enough to say we're taking small strides," Nee said. "We're not there by any stretch of the imagination. But we finally beat them for the first time in 16 games. That was very important for the progress of this team."
NOTES -- The Dukes did not turn the ball over in the second half, the second time in as many games they went 20 minutes without a turnover. ... Senior G Jamal Hunter had a career-high seven assists.
ITTSBURGH - It was supposed to be the easiest stretch of the University of Massachusetts mens' basketball schedule. But back-to-back games against the two worst teams in the Atlantic 10 turned disastrous for the Minutemen, who blew an early 14-point lead and fell to Duquesne, 78-69, Wednesday at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The loss came four days after Rhode Island beat UMass, 70-59.
With 9:47 left in the game, the University of Massachusetts was coasting with a 61-52 lead. Against the Atlantic 10 West Division's last-place team, the margin seemed secure enough to snap UMass' two-game losing streak. But the Dukes finished the game on a 26-7 run to shock the Minutemen.
Senior captain Shannon Crooks was upset after the game.
"We're supposed to beat that team," he said. "They're a great team and they have a good coach, but we're supposed to win that game. We have to keep our focus for 40 minutes and some guys didn't do that. We had some mental breakdowns and you can't do that at this level."
Crooks got on his teammates before backing off.
"We can't have just one or two guys leading the team. Everybody has to give us a lift. It's starts from me right down to the bottom of the roster," he said. "I had my chance to make it closer and I missed my free throws. This hurts a lot. We set the tone in the first half and in the second half we didn't get ourselves going."
The loss ends UMass' 16-game winning streak over Duquesne, its longest against any league foe dating back to 1991. The Minutemen (9-11, 3-6 A-10) have more league losses now than they did all last year.
UMass returns to action at 7 p.m. Saturday at home against La Salle.
Wayne Smith led Duquesne (7-14, 2-8 A-10) with 25 points.
Crooks had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead UMass, while Kitwana Rhymer added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Anderson had 14 points and Eric Williams added 13.
With 14:11 left in the second half, Anthony Anderson buried a 3-pointer prompting Duquesne coach Danny Nee to kick a chair as he called time-out with his team trailing 58-49.
The furniture abuse either scared or fired up the Dukes. Either way it had a positive effect as Duquesne picked up its play on both ends of the floor.
After a Brad Midgley 3-pointer made the score 63-60 with 7:18 remaining, Smith took over. He hadn't scored in the second half as the Minutemen seemed to have contained him with a box-and-one. But Smith stripped the ball from Raheim Lamb and raced in for a layup that brought Duquesne within one with 6:51 left.
Smith drove the baseline and hit a reverse lay-up to put Duquesne ahead 64-63. He capped his solo 7-0 run with a 3-pointer with 4:42 left as momentum continued to build for the Dukes.
The Minutemen kept trying to make a 3-pointer to regain control, but the outside shooting that sparked them in the first half killed them in the second. UMass shot 1-for-13 from the three-point range after intermission.
Trailing 72-67, the Minutemen blew two golden opportunities to get back into the game. Crooks' driving layup try bounced out and Rhymer's attempted dunk off the rebound clanged off the back rim with 2:08 left.
Crooks then missed the front end of a one-and-one. After Kevin Forney made two free throws, Crooks missed another free throw with 56 seconds left, essentially ending UMass' comeback hopes.
The Minutemen hit six of their first nine shots en route to a 15-2 lead. Their lead hit 14 points twice, but while UMass shot 57.7 percent (15-for-26) in the first half, including 9-of-16 3-pointers, the Minutemen didn't play enough defense to put Duquesne away as UMass led 47-37 at the break.
"We needed to be up 15 or 17 at that point," Lappas said. "We didn't stop them. In the first half our defensive intensity was not what it needed to be."
Crooks said the Minutemen need to get past this loss quickly.
"I'm still behind these guys 100 percent. I'm with these guys to the end," he said. "But we can't dwell on it or our season is over."
ITTSBURGH - There was plenty of blame to go around for the University of Massachusetts in Wednesday's 78-69 loss to Duquesne, but Minutemen coach Steve Lappas clearly felt a fair share of the responsibility belonged to his bench.
The UMass bench players - Kyle Wilson, Brennan Martin, Ronell Blizzard and Willie Jenkins - accounted for two points on 1-for-7 shooting and four rebounds. Those were numbers that Raheim Lamb, the Minutemen's worst starter statistically, eclipsed by himself in 26 minutes.
"I couldn't play the bench," Lappas said. "I don't know if that made us tired, but in 41 minutes of play they get two points."
While Micah Brand's season has been erratic, the Minutemen clearly missed the 6-foot-11 big man against the undersized Dukes. Brand has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle.
"If he plays, then a better player becomes the sixth man," Lappas said. "Micah's good for eight points and then we have Eric coming off the bench."
Brand might not be back for Saturday's game against La Salle.
"There's no way he'll be 100 percent if he's available at all," Lappas said.
Among the struggling subs, Wilson's problems were the most glaring. He only played two minutes and has struggled since spraining his ankle after UMass' win over St. Bonaventure. He had three fouls and missed his only shot.
"He went in the game and his man (Jamal Hunter) beat him twice in a row," Lappas said. His lack of playing time "isn't a reflection of me being mad, it's a reflection of how he's been playing."
STRUGGLES - This is UMass' worst start in league play since 1988-89, when John Calipari's first team started 2-7 en route to a 5-13 finish.
MUSICAL LINEUPS - The Minutemen started their ninth different lineup as Eric Williams replaced Kyle Wilson, joining Anthony Anderson, Kitwana Rhymer, Shannon Crooks and Raheim Lamb. Crooks is the only player to start all 20 games for the Minutemen.
MILESTONE WATCH -Crooks' 19 points moved him within 10 of 1,000 points for his career and 53 away from the milestone in a UMass uniform. Crooks scored 43 as a freshman at St. John's.
Crooks would need to increase his assist output slightly, but he's in striking distance of becoming only the fourth Minuteman to get 1,000 points and 300 assists. He needs 28 assists to reach the mark.
ANDERSON STREAKING - Anderson has scored in double figures in four straight games, the longest streak of his career, but the Minutemen are 4-7 when he scores 10 or more points.
MISCELLANEOUS -Pittsburgh Pirates general manager and UMass alum Dave Littlefield was in attendance as was former Minuteman forward John Tate.
UMass Director of Media Relations Nick Joos was on Danny Nee's staff at Nebraska as director of basketball operations.
Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS Massachusetts vs Duquesne University 02/06/02 7:35 pm at Pittsburgh, PA / A.J. Palumbo Center -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Massachusetts (9-11, 3-6) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 21 WILLIAMS, Eric...... f 4-6 3-3 2-2 4 0 4 2 13 1 3 0 0 26 34 LAMB, Raheim........ f 2-10 0-2 0-0 3 2 5 4 4 2 0 0 0 26 33 RHYMER, Kitwana..... c 5-8 0-0 7-9 6 6 12 3 17 0 5 2 0 31 12 ANDERSON, Anthony... g 5-12 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 3 14 1 3 0 0 39 30 CROOKS, Shannon..... g 5-12 3-8 6-8 2 6 8 4 19 6 2 0 0 37 00 MARTIN, Brennan..... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 01 JENKINS, Willie..... 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 12 03 BLIZZARD, Ronell.... 1-2 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 23 11 WILSON, Kyle........ 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 TEAM................ 1 1 2 Totals.............. 22-55 10-29 15-19 19 19 38 25 69 12 14 2 0 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-26 57.7% 2nd Half: 7-29 24.1% Game: 40.0% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 9-16 56.3% 2nd Half: 1-13 7.7% Game: 34.5% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 8-10 80.0% 2nd Half: 7-9 77.8% Game: 78.9% 2
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Duquesne University (7-14, 2-8) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 05 SMITH, Wayne........ f 8-13 2-6 7-9 1 4 5 3 25 1 1 0 2 33 40 LOVELACE, Aaron..... f 4-6 1-1 3-5 3 2 5 3 12 3 1 0 0 29 42 CLARK, Chris........ c 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 3 4 0 1 0 0 22 12 HUNTER, Jamal....... g 2-7 0-2 5-8 0 2 2 1 9 7 0 1 0 35 20 FORNEY, Kevin....... g 4-7 1-3 3-5 1 2 3 4 12 3 1 0 0 33 21 MIDGLEY, Brad....... 3-4 1-1 2-2 1 4 5 0 9 1 0 0 0 25 32 BLUEMLING, Tyler.... 2-5 1-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 7 0 1 0 0 11 33 PAWLAK, Jon......... 0-3 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 12 TEAM................ 2 1 3 Totals.............. 24-46 6-19 24-33 9 16 25 18 78 15 6 1 2 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-23 47.8% 2nd Half: 13-23 56.5% Game: 52.2% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-8 12.5% 2nd Half: 5-11 45.5% Game: 31.6% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 14-18 77.8% 2nd Half: 10-15 66.7% Game: 72.7% 3
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: David Day, David Elliot, Joe Mingle Technical fouls: Massachusetts-None. Duquesne University-None. Attendance: 2580 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Massachusetts................. 47 22 - 69 Duquesne University........... 37 41 - 78