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Duquesne Wins 5th Straight, Beats UC Santa Barbara; Matches Last Season Win Total

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The Duquesne Men’s Basketball Team extended its winning streak to five games and equal all last season’s win total with a 72-61 victory Tuesday night against UCSB at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Once again, Dae Dae Grant led Duquesne (6-1) with his 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, which also included six made three-point shots. Tevin Brewer and David Dixon added 13 and 12 points respectively.  Austin Rotroff pulled down eight rebounds and Tre Williams grabbed seven boards.

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Josh Pierre-Louis led UCSB (4-2) as he scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half. He also brought down a team-high nine rebounds. He was one of four Gauchos who achieved double figures as Andre Kelly (14 points), Ajay Mitchell (10) and Miles Norris (10) joined him.

UCSB was 3-for-15 on its three-point shots.

Duquesne attempted to set a defensive tone on its first stop, in which it used length to contest passing lanes and then Tre Clark forced a shot-clock violation with his block.

The Dukes instead were victimized by allowing offensive rebounds to allow for two Gaucho baskets. Duquesne was then caught on a defensive switch, where Brewer was left alone in the paint and a hoop-and-a-harm play led into the first media timeout.

Towards the middle stages of the next portion of play, the pace sped up and Duquesne was able to handle this pace better than its opponent as UC Santa Barbara which errantly missed on a three-foot pass and an alley-oop attempt.

Kareem Rozier provided a different with three assists in consecutive trips down the floor as the Dukes began to pick up its confidence. He would pick up another in the first half, giving him four in seven minutes.

The Gauchos remained frustrated defensively as Duquesne created space and when Brewer faded away and went off the glass for a basket, which forced a timeout on the court. This placed Duquesne in front by eight points.

Williams pulled down several crucial rebounds as UCSB began to try and press offensively. Duquesne had the chance to stretch the advantage into double digits but were twice unable to do so. On the other end, the Gauchos had to contend with foul trouble as Mitchell, its leading scorer, picked up three first-half whistles in addition to making just one of its seven three-point attempts.

Matus Hronsky gave Duquesne a 10-point advantage when he split free throws, as the Dukes were able to obtain that lead, 37-27 at halftime.

Grant opened the second half with a three-point basket as he came down right in front of his coach Keith Dambrot. Later on, he would bury a deep triple off a Quincy McGriff feed.

When Duquesne went cold for 1:49, UCSB scored six points and Dambrot saw enough when the Dukes left an entire side of the paint unattended, allowing Pierre-Louis to grab a rebound and score in one motion.

Pierre-Louis picked up a second gear as UCSB cut its deficit to four points. Dixon initially attempted to remedy this with a steal and dunk, but it only delayed another Pierre-Louis basket which restored this point differential.

Williams once again had a crucial stretch heading towards the game’s latter stages pulling in crucial rebounds and calling his own number on a paint score.

Grant amazed the Duquesne fans with a circus three-point make as everyone in attendance erupted at the make.

The Dukes were able to close the game out and finished with a 49.1% shooting clip from the field.

Duquesne will continue its nine-game homestand, which concludes the team’s non-conference schedule with Saturday’s game against Ball State. That contest will tip off at 2 p.m. on ESPN+.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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alcofan
alcofan
2 months ago

Any ke nny Easley sightings?

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

Happy for the coverage but this needs some editing

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