Keith Dambrot came into the 2019 season with plenty of offensive options and players that could lead the team in scoring on any given night. That balance was on display tonight as four Dukes reached double-digits in their 69-63 win over Air Force.
This was a tale of two halves for Duquesne as they dominated the first half and took a 39-22 at halftime. After holding Air Force to just 28% shooting in the first half and 0-8 from 3-point range, the Falcons caught fire in the second half and got within five points before the Dukes closed things out by making their free throws.
Duquesne is now 5-0 for the first time since 2007-08.
Here’s a look at the individual stats for Duquesne: Marcus Weathers: 12 points and 8 rebounds, Maceo Austin: 11 points and 4 rebounds, Mike Hughes: 11 points and 9 rebounds, Sincere Carry: 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, Ashton Miller: 8 points, Lamar Norman: 8 points and Baylee Steele: 7 points and 4 rebounds.
As far as team stats, Duquesne shot 51% from the field, made seven 3-pointers, were 6-12 from the free throw line and outrebounded Air Force 34-24.
Unlike last night against Indiana State, the Dukes got off to a fast start tonight jumping out to a 11-2 lead led by Carry with seven points. Following that, it was Dambrot’s bench providing quality minutes as Norman hit a three and Steele converted a layup to up the Duquesne lead to 18-5.
After starting the game making nine of their first 12 shots and leading 22-7, the Dukes hit a seven minute stretch making just two field goals but fortunately Air Force was just as cold and couldn’t take advantage.
The duo of Weathers and Miller keyed a big stretch for Duquesne right before the half to allow Duquesne to go into halftime with a 39-22 lead. A big three possessions before halftime were Weathers scoring four points including getting his own offensive rebound for a follow-up dunk and then Weathers grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Miller who nailed a three pointer.
Duquesne looked like they were going to run away with things to start the second half after a Weathers layup gave them a 44-22 lead. The key player to start the second half was Austin, who put in seven points including an alley-oop pass from Carry.
After the 12 minute mark, Air Force knocked down a handful of three-point shots and actually cut the lead down to five with less than two minutes to play before Carry hit a jumper to stretch the lead back to seven and end the Falcons hope for an upset.
Next game for Duquesne is on Sunday as they play their last game in Jamaica taking on Loyola Marymount.