Dukes deal Herd third double-digit loss in four games
PITTSBURGH — Duquesne University answered the Marshall Thundering Herd’s runs in the second half and the Dukes won, 93-82, in a Wednesday night men’s basketball game at the Palumbo Center where attendance was 1,689.
Marshall senior guard C.J. Burks scored 26, but didn’t get much help. Senior guard Rondale Watson scored 12 in his first starting assignment this season and senior point guard Jon Elmore’s team-leading 21.4 scoring average dipped when he tallied 10 in a 2-for-11 shooting performance.
Duquesne (5-2) built an 18-point lead and was ahead at halftime, 48-38, before Marshall (5-3) attempted to climb back into it.
Marshall forward Mikel Beyers canned a 3-point shot to reduce the gap to 53-48 early in the second period before Duquesne committed a turnover, but the Herd missed its next shot and didn’t draw any closer.
The Herd cut the deficit to seven points on four occasions, the final time at 89-82 on freshman guard Taevion Kinsey’s dunk and a layup with 2:10 left in the game.
Duquesne picked up 23 points as a result of Marshall’s 17 turnovers.
Forward Michael Hughes led the Dukes with 20 points and freshman point guard Sincere Carry followed with 19. Junior guard Mike Lewis scored 15 and sophomore forward Marcus Weathers scored 11.
The Dukes connected on 57.9 percent of their shots while the Herd hit 45.9 percent.
Following the Herd’s third loss in the last four games head coach Dan D’Antoni said his team is playing too much as individuals.
“We’re not Marshall,” he said in a post-game radio interview. “We’re each five guys. Whether we turn the corner I don’t know, but if it doesn’t it’s going to be rough on them because I’m going to be on them.”
Turnovers put Marshall into a halftime hole.
Three consecutive Herd fumbles resulted in Duquesne going ahead, 9-5, and two turnovers in three possessions left the Dukes leading 42-24. The second turnover in that sequence was followed by Kinsey fouling Lewis of the Dukes on a 3-point attempt. Lewis sank the shot and a free throw, making it a 42-24 advantage with 5:32 left in the half.
Marshall whittled down the deficit and Carry fouled Jon Elmore on a 3-point try at the end of the half. Elmore made all three foul shots and Duquesne’s edge was down to 10 points at halftime.
Marshall is back home for a 2:30 p.m. Saturday game against the University of Toledo in Cam Henderson Center. The Marshall women’s team hosts Cleveland State in the second game at about 5 p.m.
Toledo (8-1) won a Wednesday home game against Detroit Mercy, 101-57.
The Rockets notched three of their wins at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida, beating Florida Gulf Coast, Louisiana and UC Irvine. Their only defeat was at Wright State.
Jaelan Sanford, a 6-4 senior leads Toledo’s scorers at 18.3 a game. Willie Jackson is a 6-6 junior averaging 12.1 points and 9.9 rebounds.