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.
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.