Duquesne begins homestand with rout against IUPUI
All Duquesne needed to do to find some added incentive against IUPUI on Saturday night was stir up the bitter memories of last season's decisive loss in Indianapolis, which came nearly a year ago to the day.
The results of the rematch were jaw-dropping.
"We remembered," Duquesne senior forward Bill Clark said. "We know the type of team they can be."
Clark scored 17 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds for his eighth career double-double and second in three games, as Duquesne rolled to an 81-54 victory at Palumbo Center.
The Dukes, who shot 49.2 percent, including 59.4 (19 for 32) in the second half, were determined from the start, getting revenge for that 73-64 defeat to the Jaguars on Dec. 19, 2009.
"Maybe our best effort of the year in terms of sharing the ball, rebounding the ball and getting out on the break," coach Ron Everhart said. "We contested every shot."
IUPUI, a member of the Summit League coming off a 25-11 season, moves on without scorer Robert Glenn, who torched Duquesne for 27 points and 13 rebounds in last year's meeting and attracted attention from several NBA teams.
Duquesne (5-4) opened the second half on a 20-4 run to pull away from a 30-19 halftime lead. Damian Saunders had 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and two steals for Duquesne to tie the school record of 218 career steals. Earlier this month, the 6-foot-7 senior forward became the all-time blocked shots leader.
B.J. Monteiro and freshman Joel Wright also were in double figures with 11 points each.
IUPUI (5-7), which led No. 2 Ohio State in the second half of a 75-64 loss Dec. 9, was paced by freshman P.J. Hubert's 15 points. Hubert was making his college debut after sitting out the Jaguars' first 11 games with an injury.
Alex Young added 12 points, and Steven Thomas had 10 for IUPUI.
Young came in leading IUPUI in scoring at 17.8 points per game. Duquesne held the Jaguars' second-leading scorer, Larry Nobles, to five points on 1-of-8 shooting. Nobles, who was averaging 16.9 points, didn't score in the first half.
"To hold a guy like Nobles down like that is a tremendous achievement for our guys," Everhart said.
Duquesne, which enjoyed a 42-27 rebounding advantage, played without sophomore center Rodrigo Peggau, who was on the bench in street clothes after suffering a concussion Tuesday in practice. His status is day-to-day, Everhart said.
Duquesne, which hadn't played at Palumbo Center in 21 days, will play its next three games there, beginning with George Mason on Wednesday.