Men's Basketball Falls 80-69 At Duquesne
Jan. 18, 2012
PITTSBURGH - An 8-0 late in the second half gave Duquesne an 80-69 win over the UMass men's basketball team on Wednesday night at the Palumbo Center. The Minutemen committed a season-high 29 turnovers in the loss and dealt with foul trouble throughout the game. Jesse Morgan had a team-best 14 points, while Sean Carter had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Duquesne improves to 12-7 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10, while UMass falls to 14-5 overall and 3-2 in the league. The Minutemen will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Richmond. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network with opening tip-off set for 5 PM.
After a nip-and-tuck first half which saw seven ties, UMass took a three-point lead, 46-43 early in the second half after back-to-back buckets by Chaz Williams.
The Dukes tied the game 48-48 with 14:45 left in the game before going on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to stretch the lead to eight, 56-48.
UMass fought back trimming the lead down to four points following back-to-back scores by Carter with 7:50 left making the score 62-58 and forcing a Duquesne timeout. The teams traded three-pointers following the timeout, but the Dukes opened things up with another 8-0 run to push the lead back to 12, 73-61, with 4:32 remaining.
The teams traded points in the balance of the game with the Minutemen unable to stop the clock due to foul trouble.
Along with Carter and Morgan, Terrell Vinson scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Minutemen shot 53.1% (17-of-32) for the game, but were just 4-for-9 from the free throw line.
Duquesne was led by B.J. Monteiro who scored a game-high 23 points and Sean Johnson who added 20 points and 10 rebounds. McConnell added 15 points, six assists and four steals to round out the Dukes' leaders.
UMass' 29 turnovers marked a season high with Duquesne converting those into 32 points for the game. The Dukes also converted 18-of-27 free throw opportunities in the game.
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