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Duquesne Drops Heartbreaker to Penn State

Duquesne Drops Heartbreaker to Penn State

PITTSBURGH — With the game tied at 5.4 seconds on the clock,  Michael Hughes was called for a foul which Duquesne men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot disputed.

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Dambrot jumped up and down three times and was assessed a technical foul. He was held back by several individuals on the Duquesne bench but came back and argued more, during which time he was assessed a second technical foul and ejected.

Courtesy of David Hague

Penn State was awarded six free throws and made all of them to win 73-67 over Duquesne Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Duquesne sophomore guard Eric Williams Jr was back in the starting lineup and led the Dukes with 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Freshman guard Sincere Carry added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Also returning was Duquesne’s Michael Hughes who was back in the lineup after he missed three games with a knee contusion and although his minutes were limited, his presence brought a boost.

Sincere Carry took a finger nail to the eye and he was subbed out with 12:52 remaining in the first half before coming back out and projecting to approach a quadruple double after the first half.

This game featured 11 ties and 15 lead changes.

Duquesne led Penn State 39-32 at halftime after Williams Jr beat the buzzer with a three-point basket. The Dukes entered play 5-0 when leading at the half.

Penn State was able to take advantage of extended positions to re-take the lead against Duquesne and also adjusted to a press defense following baskets, which lead to quicker transition opportunities.

The lead changed hands more until the final sequence, which ended with Duquesne turning the ball over on an inbounds pass.

Duquesne continues its home schedule Saturday against Eastern Kentucky in a game which will tip off at 2 p.m.

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