Dukes fly together: Soko scores 21 in 88-69 victory against UTPA

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .


Sunday afternoon, before tens of spectators in a gymnasium located 18 miles from the United States-Mexico border, the Duquesne men's basketball team stayed ahead of Texas-Pan American from start to finish and captured a 88-69 victory to close out 2013.

The win marked an end to a perfect three-game road trip for the Dukes (6-5), who hit the road and beat Saint Francis, Massachusetts-Lowell and, finally, the Broncs in the last three weeks. Duquesne will close the non-conference slate Thursday when they host Appalachian State at the Palumbo Center.

Senior forward Ovie Soko led the Dukes with 21 points and 5 rebounds. He was 6-6 from the free-throw line to extend his streak to 39 makes in his last 45 free-throw attempts (87 percent).

Duquesne broke a 15-15 tie midway through the first half with an 18-2 run spanning seven minutes. The Dukes led, 49-34, at halftime.

The Duquesne lead expanded after halftime and reached its largest (19 points) in the last minute.

Sophomore guard Micah Mason, who returned to the starting lineup Dec. 21 after missing a month with a broken right hand, scored 14 points on 4-5 shooting from 3-point range. Also reaching double figures were sophomore forward Jeremiah Jones (11) and junior guard Tra'Vaughn White (10).

Sophomore guard Derrick Colter had a team-high 8 assists. Junior forward Dominique McKoy hauled in 9 rebounds.

Duquesne didn't exactly limit the Broncs' top scorers, but when the opposition only has two players that really know how to score, well, things tend to work out alright. Sophomore forward Shaquille Hines had 27 points, and senior Javorn Farrell, a graduate senior transfer from Massachusetts-Amherst who scored 20 points on the Dukes in the 2012 Atlantic-10 Tournament, had 20 points and 6 assists. 

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