MCCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Despite a strong start, a consistent inability to put the ball in the basket after cost Duquesne Tuesday night, dropping a 61-48 game to Davidson at LaRoche University’s Kerr Fitness Center.
Duquesne (2-3, 1-2 Atlantic 10) was paced by Marcus Weathers who scored on 4-of-13 shooting and was a perfect three-for-three from the free-throw line. The Dukes shot 17.4% from the field in the second half.
The 48 points Duquesne scored in this contest are its fewest since Feb. 27, 2019 when it scored 47 at Saint Bonaventure.
Davidson (6-4, 2-1 Atlantic 10) saw both Carter Collins and Kellan Grady scored 13 points and Hyunjung Lee also added 12 points of his own. Davidson outscored Duquesne in the paint by a 24-14 margin.
The win earned Davidson coach Bob McKillop his 600th career victory.
It was once again a first half filled with runs as Duquesne made the opening punch scoring the game’s first seven points. Weathers opened with an open three-point basket which opened the floor and allowed Duquesne to control the pace with its ball movement and physicality.
After Davidson was able to find some form, Duquesne returned serve going on a 9-0 run to open up a 12-point lead.
During the run, Ryan Murphy was able to connect with Weathers to set up an and-one play. Additionally, he was the first back in Duquesne’s transition attack and was able to pump fake to create enough separation to fire a three-point shot.
Following Mennenga making a three-point shot for Davidson, it played more physically and outhustled Duquesne on the rebounds.
Though, Duquesne led 26-25 at half, Davidson was in the middle of a 12-0 run that extended into the second half. This stretch was also where Davidson earned the majority of its 10 offensive rebounds.
During that time, Duquesne was only able to score from the free-throw line but did not record a basket for 11:24 of game action, a make which was a Mike Hughes three-point shot.
It appeared with the Hughes make that Duquesne’s offense would pick back up, but the exact opposite occurred. Davidson picked up its offense and Lee buried his first three-point basket of the night.
When Grant Huffman made a reverse layup to put Davidson up by nine points, Duquesne called a timeout as it was scoreless for another 5:11 of game action.
Davidson ratcheted up the pressure when both Huffman and Luka Brajkovic nailed trifectas though Carry responded with one of his own and were able to effectively close the game.
Duquesne is next is action Saturday afternoon at La Roche on against Fordham in a 2 p.m. contest that will tip off on NBCSN. Fordham defeated Dayton 55-54 Tuesday night. Duquesne won both regular season contests a season ago.