Southwest Missouri 88, Duquesne 67
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) _ Southwest Missouri used better ball handling, better passing and a game-high 26 points from Danny Moore to beat Duquesne 88-67 Friday in the Top of the World Classic’s first round.
All five Southwest Missouri starters reached double figures. The Bears were 29-39 from the free throw line, capitalizing on 27 Duquesne fouls and 26 turnovers to blow the game open in the second half.
With the score 48-43 early in the third quarter, the Bears scored 12 unanswered points, with Moore accounting for six, during the next five minutes. The Dukes never got closer than 11 for the rest of the game.
Ben Kandlbinder added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Bears.
Mike James led the Dukes with 20 points. Nyah Jones was the team’s top rebounders, with six.
Despite weak rebounding in the first half, the Dukes managed to stay close. But with the score 34-32 Duquesne, Southwest Missouri’s Danny Moore hit two jumpers and sank two free throws in 90 seconds to put the Bears ahead 38-34.
Moore ended the half with 15 points to lead all scorers. Nick Bosnic had 14 for Duquesne, including two 3-pointers.
Southwest Missouri plays the winner of the Clemson-Iona match up Saturday. Duquesne plays the loser.