Duquesne routs Seton Hill
Saturday's exhibition college basketball game at Palumbo Center revealed one of two things. Either Duquesne possesses the potential to be really, really good or Seton Hill does not.
There's no in-between when it comes to 62-point decisions in basketball, no matter the competition.
The Dukes, on the strength of a superb shooting performance that included 20 3-pointers in 34 attempts, powered their way to a 129-67 victory against an NCAA Division II team with three players 6-foot-9 or taller, including 7-3 junior Matt Hewson.
It marked the final tuneup before Duquesne's regular-season opener Friday against Howard at Palumbo Center.
Seton Hill coach Tony Morocco, a Trafford native, watched in amazement as Duquesne scorched his Griffins for 73 first-half points.
Overall, Duquesne shot a sizzling 67.6 percent (48 for 71).
"If they keep up that tempo and can have success in passes and shots, they're going to be tough to beat," Morocco said.
Freshman Bill Clark continued his phenomenal shooting, going 6 for 6 in 3-pointers and 7 for 7 overall to tie point guard Kojo Mensah as Duquesne's leading scorer with 20 points. Clark shot 5 for 6 from behind the 3-point line Thursday during a 108-87 exhibition victory over NCAA Division II Millersville.
|The Duquesne University men's basketball team completed its exhibition schedule Saturday by routing NCAA Division II Seton Hill by 62 points to complete a sweep of the six games. The Dukes' average margin of victories during the period was 32 points. A look at the results:|
|Sept. 1||Toronto||Toronto||W, 92-60|
|Sept. 2||Ryerson||Toronto||W, 107-84|
|Sept. 2||Sheridan||Brampton, Ontario||W, 105-76|
|Sept. 3||Waterloo||Brampton, Ontario||W, 107-80|
|Nov. 1||Millersville||Palumbo Center||W, 108-87|
|Nov. 3||Seton Hill||Palumbo Center||W, 129-67|
Mensah added a game-high nine assists, as Duquesne assisted on 35 of 48 field goals.
"We got comfortable against their zone," Duquesne coach Ron Everhart said. "I was excited to see the way our guys responded. We moved that thing and made shots."
Clark, who filled a spot on the Duquesne roster left vacant when last year's leading scorer, Robert Mitchell, transferred to Seton Hall, is bidding for a lead role on the team.
"Everybody in this gym expects it to go in with the way Billy has been shooting it," Everhart said. "He's a capable shooter, but I never would have dreamed he'd go 6 for 6 from 3."
Others in double figures for Duquesne were Kieron Achara with 18 points, and Gary Tucker and Shawn James, with 14 each. James also grabbed 10 rebounds and had four blocked shots and three steals.
"We take offense to our preseason ranking," Tucker said of the Dukes' 11th-place prediction in the Atlantic 10 Conference preseason poll. "We talk about the potential in this team all the time and we feel we're on the right track to a very successful season."
Cody Boone, a 6-9 sophomore, led Seton Hill with 24 points. Junior Jordan Thomas, a Jeannette High School graduate, added 19.