PITTSBURGH — Sloppy offensive play contributed heavily to Duquesne’s, 82-71, loss to Marshall on Thursday night at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. The Dukes just couldn’t maintain possession, as they committed 17 turnovers and Marshall capitalized by scoring 22 points off the giveaways. Marshall was especially effective while in transition. The Dukes cleaned things up in the second half with only three turnovers, but the damage was already done. The Dukes dropped to 7-2 on the season with the loss. Their only other loss came to No. 4 Kentucky on Nov. 11.
Taevion Kinsley led the Thundering Herd with 19 points, while Andrew Taylor was second in scoring with 18. Jimmy Clark III led the Dukes with 19 points and four three pointers. Marshall made 34 of 72 shots (47.2%) from the field and was 5 of 18 (27.8%) from behind the arc. The Dukes converted 25 of 73 shots (34.2%) and were 12 of 31 (38.7%) on three-point attempts.
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After a back-and-forth opening 10 minutes, Kamydn Curfman nailed a long three-pointer to give Marshall its largest lead of the game at 24-18 with 8:53 left in the first half. Duquesne kept things close, but things absolutely unraveled later in the quarter with Marshall going on a 16-0 run to increase its lead to 46-27 at halftime.
Clark nailed a triple from downtown to cut Marshall’s lead to 50-37 at the 17:04 mark of the second quarter. Clark followed with a layup and then Grant converted a three-pointer to make it an eight-point game. Clark dropped a floater to cut the deficit to six points with under 14 minutes left. Taylor responded with a jumper to end Marshall’s five-minute scoring drought.
Marshall’s lead went back down to eight with 7:22 left after Grant delivered a nifty pass to Austin Rotroff down low for a layup. Grant then drained a triple to cut the lead to five. Kinsley answered for Marshall with back-to-back buckets to give Marshall an eight-point lead with 4:05 remaining.
Duquesne kept chipping away, as Grant made a three-pointer and then Joe Reece made a layup to make it a five-point game with 2:47 left. However, in the end, it was just not enough to pull off a comeback win. Coupled with not making enough defensive stops, the Dukes were dreadful down the stretch from the free-throw line.
Duquesne’s next game is against New Mexico State on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.