Another tale of two halves ...

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .


Simply a statistical absurdity.

Duquesne didn't score a bucket until the 14:14 mark of the first half on a 3-pointer by Micah Mason, who would hit three of four 3-point attempts in the first half. By that point, six minutes in to the game, the Dukes were already down 12-3. The deficit stretched to 23-5, 48-11 and, finally, 52-20 at halftime.

Saint Joseph's was 12 of 18 from 3-point range in the first half, led by guard Langston Galloway had 24 points (six of seven from deep). 

A 32-point halftime deficit isn't particularly promising. And having starters Ovie Soko (0-4) and Derrick Colter (0-3) miss all nine combined shots definitely puts you behind the 8-ball.

Duquesne opened the second half with a 12-5 run, and things became significantly less depressing throughout the last 20 minutes.

The Dukes outscored the Hawks 55-32 in the second half, and the offense had only one turnover.

Colter drilled four second-half 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 14 points. Soko and junior center Dominique McKoy had with 10 points apiece. And senior guard Jerry Jones hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minute to make it a single-digit ballgame at the buzzer — he finished with 14.

The Dukes are back in action Saturday with a 4 p.m. matchup against VCU in Richmond, Va.

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(Was following the game on GameTracker, so sorry if stats are wrong. I'll update when I get the box score.)

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