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Marcus Weathers Scores 24 as Duquesne Routs St. Joe’s, 67-50



MCCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Duquesne men’s basketball team has won three of its last four contests following a 67-50 victory over St. Joseph’s Saturday night at LaRoche University’s Kerr Fitness Center.

Marcus Weathers led Duquesne (6-6, 5-5 A-10) with his 24 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high four assists. Weathers has now achieved a double-figure point total in each of the last six contests. He also recorded his second consecutive double-double and third of the season. His 24 points were two off a career-high he set twice last season against Saint Louis.

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Though his consecutive games with a double-double ended at three games, Michael Hughes was able to earn 12 points and seven rebounds.

As a team, Duquesne held itself to six turnovers.

St. Joseph’s (1-14, 0-9 A-10) was led by Taylor Funk’s 15 points and nine rebounds. Jadrian Tracey added 9 points and 11 rebounds in seven minutes.

Early on Duquesne got off to a quick start opening on a 16-4 run as St. Joseph’s was unable to get its three-point shots to go in.

A large part of St. Joseph’s has fired 417 triples this season, good for 22nd in the country but it was 2-for-14 in the first half which stunted chances to gain momentum.

Defensively, Duquesne held St. Joseph’s to 17 first-half points which is its lowest output for points in any half this season, another notch for an improved Dukes defense.

During one stretch, Duquesne held St. Joseph’s scoreless, a total of 6:07 of game action passed and though the Dukes were held to nine points in this stretch, the defensive effort set a tone. Duquesne took a 40-17 lead into halftime, recording 10 assists on 14 made baskets.

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Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot appeared to be frustrated with his team, specifically in the first half with his team exchanging words with St. Joseph’s.

Both Tavian Dunn-Martin and the Hawks Dahmir Bishop were assessed technical fouls and Chad Baker appeared to mix it up with another St. Joseph’s player.

It got to a point late in the first half where Saint Joseph’s was at the free-throw line and Dambrot simply saying “mouths shut”.

Later in the second half, Duquesne appeared to take exception entering a St. Joseph’s timeout slowly walking in. Hughes said something towards the Hawk’s bench. With one minute to play in regulation, he was assessed a technical foul.

St. Joseph’s attempted to match some progress in the game but could only get its deficit down to 16 points. It would ultimately outscore Duquesne 33-27 in the second half.

This was Duquesne’s final game at the Kerr Fitness Center which served as one of three homes for the team last season and on the 2020-21 campaign, the Dukes played exclusively there for all December and January home contests.

Duquesne finished with a 7-1 combined record at the venue.

With that chapter now closed, Duquesne can finally head home to the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse where it will host Dayton Tuesday at 9 p.m. The contest will be televised by ESPNU.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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