The Duquesne Men’s Basketball Team kept to its winning ways Monday night at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse winning its first game in the Cornhusker Classic 85-63 over Stony Brook.
Duquesne (3-0) saw Jimmy Clark III lead the way with 24 points, while Dae Dae Grant added 19 of his own. Fousseyni Drame recorded his first double double as a Duke with his 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kareem Rozier netted 11 points, to go with a career high seven assists.
Stony Brook (1-2) had Aaron Clarke contribute 22 points, and Tyler Stephenson-Moore 14.
Statistically speaking, Duquesne shot 50% from the field in the first half to Stony Brook’s 24.3% however those figures did not tell the full story of the opening 20 minutes.
Stony Brook made 1 of 12 field goals at one point but grabbed 10 offensive rebounds to extend possession as multiple Dukes bigs in addition to Grant got into foul trouble. Additionally, Duquesne struggled to sustain large scoring barrages as 10 turnovers stunted the defensive progress.
The Dukes led by nine points at halftime despite being held scoreless for nearly the last two minutes of the period.
Duquesne had the first opportunity in the second half, utilizing a 6-0 run which Rozier sank a three-point basket in transition off a Clark pass, giving the Dukes a 13-point advantage, its largest of the game up to that point.
The Dukes valued the basketball at a far higher clip in the second half with eight assists compared to a single turnover.
As the lead began to stretch, Dambrot began adding to the team’s rotation as both Kailon Nicholls and Andy Barba each saw their first time on the court this season.
Stony Brook made nine three-point baskets in the second half but were 4-of-19 from two-point range.
Duquesne does not have much time to recover from Monday’s triumph as Wednesday it will host Princeton at 7 p.m.