| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Duquesne falls to hot-shooting New Hampshire

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher dunks on Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones during the second half Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Palumbo Center.

College Football Videos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

Duquesne erased an early 13-point deficit but never disrupted New Hampshire's shooters in Thursday night's 84-81 nonconference loss at Palumbo Center. UNH made 15 of 27 shots from 3-point range, which included 8 of 12 after halftime.

Scott Morris had 17 points with five 3-pointers for New Hampshire (2-0), an America East team. Frank Okeke had 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Patrick Konan had 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Dukes (1-1) were seeking their first 2-0 start since 2009-10.

“It looked like we were running in cement,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “For as fast as we are, that's unacceptable. ... We never got them out of their comfort zone.”

A layup by Konan with 44 seconds left gave New Hampshire the lead 82-81 and Morris added two free throws with 4.8 seconds left.

“Coach told us to play defense, and we didn't guard,” said guard Derrick Colter, who missed a last-second 3-pointer. “They kept making wide-open 3s. They were a good-shooting team, and they didn't miss.”

UNH's frontcourt was a foreseen challenge, with 6-foot-10 senior Chris Pelcher being a mismatch.

Pelcher had 14 points and 16 rebounds, helping UNH outrebound Duquesne, 40-32. But the matchup problem beyond the 3-point line was surprising.

Duquesne trailed 13-2 and 18-5, before it abandoned man-to-man defense, switched to a zone and held a 42-38 lead at halftime. But the zone wasn't a permanent fix.

“We tried to gimmick it with some zone to get them out of rhythm,” Ferry said, “but that's all that really was, a gimmick. We did not come out and play with fierce competitiveness on the defensive side of the ball.”

Duquesne's Tra'Vaughn White had 18 points, including a go-ahead layup with 1:26 left. But he missed a key free throw afterward — one of 10 missed by the Dukes — and later was stripped in the lane with 15 seconds left.

Ovie Soko had 14 points but made just 4 of 17 shots. Dominique McKoy had 13, and Colter had 12.

Consecutive 3-pointers by New Hampshire's Daniel Dion and Morris turned a 61-59 Duquesne lead into a 65-61 deficit with 10:38 left. A 3-pointer by Konan and another by Dion with 7:22 to play gave UNH a 73-66 lead.

The Dukes reclaimed the lead 81-80 on a layup through contact by White with 1:26 left, but the junior missed the free throw. The lead lasted just 42 seconds until Konan's layup.

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers notebook: Linebacker Timmons hoping for contract extension
  2. Penguins notebook: Dupuis’ intangibles provide 1st-line value
  3. Uniontown teen charged in shooting of friend
  4. Fire destroys home in Springfield
  5. Steelers notebook: Tomlin ends practice with third-down work
  6. Online sales, promotions give Pittsburgh-area stores global reach
  7. Starkey: Artie Rowell’s incredible odyssey
  8. Steelers veteran linebacker Harrison focused on stretch run
  9. Pittsburgh police chief finds use-of-force policies ‘quite satisfactory’
  10. Friends, family, history lure natives back to Western Pennsylvania
  11. Excela, Pitt-Greensburg team on legacy videos for those in twilight of lives