UMass Downed By Duquesne, 94-77, In 3-Point Shootout
Feb. 25, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Duquesne used an 11-0 run late in the first half to take control and send UMass to a 94-77 loss in Wednesday night's Atlantic 10 men's basketball game at the Mullins Center. Both teams bombed away from 3-point range, with UMass setting a school-record with 16 made 3-pointers. The Minutemen finished 16-for-35 (45.7%) from behind the arc, while Duquesne was 12-for-26 (46.2%). The 35 attempts and 16 makes both set school records.
Five Dukes finished in double-figures, led by Bill Clark's 22 points and Damian Saunders' 18.
The Minutemen kept the lead throughout the first 12 minutes of the game until back-to-back Duquesne 3-pointers, by Jason Duty and Eric Evans, gave the Dukes their first lead of the game, 22-21, with eight minutes left in the half.
The Duquesne lead was just one when the Dukes went on an 11-0 run over a 2:14 span to take a 12-point lead, 44-32. A Harris 3-pointer stopped the run, but B.J. Monteiro scored at the buzzer to send Duquesne into halftime leading by 11, 46-35.
Clark led all scorers in the first half with 16 points, while The Minutemen were paced by Glass' nine. Both team's put up plenty of shots from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, with UMass shooting 8-for-18 (44.4%) and 6-for-14 (42.9%).
The Duquesne shooters stayed hot to start the second half. A 9-0 Dukes run between 16:21 and 13:21 extended their lead to 21, 63-42. Jackson led the charge, scoring 10 points in the first seven and a half minutes of the half.
The Duquesne lead was at 20 when the clock went under nine minutes and UMass went on its own run. Gurley scored seven points in a 9-0 Minutemen run over 1:23 that cut the deficit to 13, 71-58. A pair of 3-pointers from Gurley and Gary Correia pulled UMass to within 10, 76-66, with 5:52 to go.
That was as close as UMass would get however, as the Dukes outscored the Minutemen, 8-2, between the four-minute and two and a half minute marks, extending the lead back to 16, 86-70.
The Minutemen return to action on Sunday when they travel to Philadelphia to take on La Salle at 5 p.m. in a game that will be televised on CBS College Sports.
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