Duquesne (7-2) was able to push their home record to 5-0 after beating UMBC (2-8) on the back of L.G. Gill and his double-double.
The Dukes came out firing on all cylinders in the first half after jumping out to an early 35-16 lead over the Retrievers.
Tonight was senior guard Derrick Colter’s 100th consecutive start as a Duquesne Duke, and he did not disappoint in this one. Colter, a usual spark plug, was producing out of him mind at the start and ended up with 13 points, seven assists and two rebounds in the first half alone. He helped them jump out of the gates early, and truly laid the smack down on UMBC. Sadly, he slowed down in the second half, putting only three points.
About half way through the first half, L.G. Gill took over the offense and set some new career-high numbers for himself. What numbers did he set career-highs in? Here they are: 22 points, ten assists and six three-pointers made (6-7).
Forward Jeremiah Jones complemented Colter and Gill’s strong performances tonight as well. Jones put up 20 points and shot 67 percent from the field to go along with strong defensive play.
Star guard Micah Mason also had 13 points in against UMBC, but he was only 5-13 from the field and 3-10 behind the arc. His play has kind of cooled off of late.
However, UMBC shot themselves in the foot out of the gate. Practically everyone on the Retrievers was taking covered, unnecessary shots from three-point land. The poor decision making allowed the Dukes to jump out to an extremely difficult lead to overcome.
Also, it does not help that Duquesne completely shut UMBC down on the glass; the Dukes had five more rebounds, which is a lot when the Retrievers tossed up so many unsolicited shots offensively.
One guy though that did not disappoint for UMBC was Joe Sherburne; money all night. Sherburne was able to evade coverage and create open shots; the three-balls dropped for him all game, as he put up 25 points. He really played a Micah Mason role for UMBC, too bad that nobody else was able to do so for them, too.
The Dukes will put their 7-2 record on the line Saturday as they travel about two hours to Johnstown to face Saint Francis University (3-4), you can catch all over your Duquesne coverage here at the Pittsburgh Sports Castle.
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