Don’t let the 91-77 score fool you, Duquesne outplayed Mississippi Valley State in every facet of the game tonight at the Palumbo Center.
Tonight’s win gives Duquesne a 5-1 record overall, they have started 5-1 since 2007.
The Dukes had five guys collect double-digits in the points column: Derrick Colter (16), Eric James (18), Darius Lewis (11), Micah Mason (18) and TySean Powell (10).
Colter and Mason did what they do every night — make plays. Colter was driving the ball inside, creating his own opportunities to manufacture points in the paint and set guys up with his passing abilities; dropped 3 dimes. Mason continued to drop three balls tonight shooting 50% from behind the arc (4-8), to go along with 5 assists.
Although, it was not just the Colter-Mason combo providing the majority of the offense for the Dukes tonight.
James and Powell, who started on the bench tonight for Duquesne, both played a tremendous impact on the game against MVSU.
Despite not starting the game, James ended with 20 minutes, good for the third-most minutes for DU.
Not only did he put 18 points on the board, but he collected 2 steals as well. Watch for him to potentially crack the starting lineup as the season progresses.
Powell saw action is his first game this year — did not disappoint the Duquesne faithful. His first shot of the year was a three-pointer banked off the glass.
Then went on to collect another trace (2-2 for three, 4-6 total), pull down 8 rebounds, drop 2 dimes and viciously block 2 shots. Expect Powell to also see the floor more as Duquesne see more competition.
Duquesne had 53-30 lead at the half, but got lackadaisical a bit in the second half and let MVSU almost make a game out of it; closest they came was a 14-point deficit.
Despite the slight comeback, Duquesne is a much better team overall and don’t compare in talent.
Marcus Romain was the only bright spot for the Delta Devils in this one, although Rashaan Surles and Isaac Williams also played pretty well.
Needless to say, there is a reason why second year MVSU coach Andrew Payne looked like he was going to blow a gasket during the game. It is tough to watch a team that sometimes looks like your local middle school team.
Duquesne will have a big game coming up this Friday against Pitt in the annual City Game at Consol Energy Center. Unlike this game, the Dukes will have to bring their A-game throughout if they want to grab their first win City Game since 2000.
Duquesne freshman forward Nakye Sanders was out of tonight’s game due to “violation of team rules.” Jim Ferry said he would play in the City Game, though.
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