WEST VIRGINIA 96:83 DUQUESNE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sophomore guard Eron Harris scored 33 points on 6-of-8 3-point shooting as the high-flying, hot-shooting West Virginia men’s basketball team blew past Duquesne late in a 96-83 final at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (2-1) drilled 10 3-pointers, following a blueprint set by New Hampshire, who rained 15 from beyond the arc to topple the Dukes, 84-81, four days earlier.
Duquesne (1-2) kept the game close until the six-minute mark of the second half, when Harris and fellow West Virginia guard Terry Henderson combined for back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to open up an 84-71 lead with 3:24 remaining.
The nine-point swing effectively put the Dukes away, though they’d perhaps already come unglued, stalling midway through the second half with a six-minute drought without a single field goal.
Senior forward Ovie Soko led the Dukes with a 19-point, 12-rebound effort, his second double-double of the year and a much-needed bounce-back performance after he had shot 4-for-17 in Duquesne’s loss to the Wildcats on Wednesday.
Sophomore guard Micah Mason scored 18 points on a near-perfect shooting performance — 6-of-8 from the floor with five 3-pointers.
NOTE: The Dukes will be back in action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, when they host Albany at the Palumbo Center.