Duquesne Takes Care of Massachusetts for 20th Win of the Season, 88-79
PITTSBURGH — On Wednesday night, Jimmy Clark III, David Dixon, and the Duquesne Dukes took down Frank Martin’s Massachusetts squad to win their 20th win of the season by a score of 88-79.
Clark and the Dukes shut down any and all Massachusetts comeback efforts in the second half en route to the victory.
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It was a game of runs in the first half, as Duquesne countered an early 7-0 Massachusetts stretch with a 14-2 run of its own, building a 17-point lead with just over five minutes to go.
Nine different Dukes scored in the first 13 minutes of the game, as Keith Dambrot’s squad was firing on all cylinders. Clark hit each of his first three attempts from beyond the arch, and Tevin Brewer, Quincy McGriff, and Kareem Rozier each hit from outside as well in the first half to build a strong Duquesne’ lead.
The Dukes took a commanding 16-point lead into the break, with Clark’s 11 points, McGriff’s eight points, and David Dixon’s eight leading the way.
UMass cut into the Dukes’ lead to start the second frame, trimming the lead to just seven within the first five minutes of the half. Big man Isaac Kante contributed with nine points early — including two thunderous slams — while freshman standout Keon Thompson paced the Minutemen in the back court.
In the final ten minutes, — Duquesne weathered all of Massachusetts’ comeback attempts to come out on top with the victory. Down the stretch, Clark and the Dukes buried the Minutemen with smart plays, strong foul shooting, and timely defense.
Clark finished the night as Duquesne’s leading scorer, hitting 6 of his 10 attempts in the win, including four of his five three-point tries. Dae Dae Grant added 15 on 4-for-16 shooting, while Dixon followed with 13 points. On the glass, Dixon and forwards Tre Williams and Austin Rotroff held down the paint, grabbing eight, five, and five rebounds, respectively.
With the win, Duquesne improves to 20-10 (10-7 Atlantic 10) on the season, reaching the 20-win mark for the first time since 2019-20.