The Duquesne Men’s Basketball team earned its 13th consecutive loss, falling 74-50 to Davidson Wednesday night at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.
Duquesne (6-20/1-13 Atlantic 10) was led by Kevin Easley’s 16 points and Tyson Acuff scored all 15 of his points in the first half. Mounir Hima grabbed 10 rebounds. Duquesne’s bench scored 23 points.
Davidson (23-4/13-2 Atlantic 10) saw Hyunjung Lee score 27 points in 31 minutes. Luka Brajkovic totaled 12 points and eight rebounds, while Sam Mennenga also swished 12 points of his own.
Duquesne opted for a defensive lineup after falling into a 20-4 hole during the first meeting between these times. Mounir Hima was a key as Davidson was held off the scoreboard for the opening three minutes.
When Hima picked up his first foul, he was substituted off of the court and Davidson began to flow into its offense. Before the first media timeout, Tre Williams had picked up two fouls, meaning Duquesne, which was already thin in the post had even more trouble on the inside.
With that being said, the inside game was not as much of a factor in the first half as Davidson went 7-for-14 on its three-point shots.
Early on, Duquesne also began to spread the ball and created space on the offensive end, assisting on six of its first seven baskets.
Duquesne entered play averaging 9.6 assists a game, but even with some stagnant movement in the middle stages, recorded 10 assists on 14 made first-half baskets.
The biggest obstacle Duquesne had to overcome in this game was an injury to Tre Williams, suffered with 1:02 remaining in the first half.
Williams went down during an offensive sequence and remained on the floor, for a few seconds, when an official stopped play and both medical staff and head coach Keith Dambrot went over. Williams would slowly come off the court and stayed in a corner behind the bench during halftime. He would not return for the remainder of the game.
At halftime, Davidson held a 36-33 lead.
Duquesne would go cold in the second half, shooting 26.1% from the field.
Davidson opened the frame on a 9-2 run as Lee got hot outscoring Duquesne by himself 18-17 in the second half.
Duquesne also lost the rebounding battle 34-27, turning a 10-board advantage into a seven-box disadvantage.
The Dukes will next begin a two-game road trip beginning Saturday with a 12:30 contest against Rhode Island. The game will be televised by USA.