PITTSBURGH — As the Duquesne men’s basketball team attempted free throws late in the first half, its opponent, the Maine Black Bears, kept putting hands on its knees or stood with a stiff posture, clearly tired.
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Duquesne was able to extend its Palumbo Center winning streak to eight games with a 72-46 victory over Maine on Sunday at A.J. Palumbo Center.
Redshirt sophomore forward Marcus Weathers led Duquesne with 13 points and was a plus-26 on the game. Sophomore guard Eric Williams, Jr. added 11 points from the bench.
Duquesne also forced 25 turnovers, which is the most since coach Keith Dambrot started with the Dukes, surpassing the 24 the team has had on two separate occasions.
From the beginning, Duquesne played the game as if it was a track meet and Maine was unable to keep up. Maine attempted to pressure Duquesne coming out of the first media time, but instead it allowed the physical Duquesne to drive to the basket which tired the Black Bears.
It was a tough first half for Maine, which had just three assists, two of them coming in the final minute, compared to 17 turnovers.
Coming into the game, Dambrot was looking for a complete 40 minutes, and his Dukes didn’t quite get there, allowing Maine to shoot the ball at a 42.3-percent clip in the second half.
Duquesne’s next opponent is Penn State, in a game which will tip off at 7 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena and be televised by CBS Sports Network. Duquesne will face its former coach, Jim Ferry who now is an assistant with the Nittany Lions.