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Dukes fall to UMass despite 29 from Johnson

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Duquesne dropped their fifth straight game against their Atlantic 10 Massachusetts, 79–64, at the William D. Mullins Center in Amherst, MA, despite 29 points from Sean Johnson.

Chaz Williams led the Minutemen (12–4, 2–1 A10) in scoring with 22 points. He went 7–16 from the field and 4-8 from 3-point range, and added 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

The Dukes (7–10, 0–3 A10) fell despite a heroic effort from senior guard and leading scorer Sean Johnson. He scored a career and team high 29 points, shooting 50 percent from 3-point range.

Duquesne was unable to capitalize on the absence of Minutemen junior guard Jesse Morgan, who did not play because of a torn ACL. He was second on the team in scoring averaging 13.4 points a game.

The game proved to be competitive early with the Dukes in front 15-12 at the end of the second media timeout, and 19–17 Massachusetts at the end of the third media timeout. Subsequently, though, the Minutemen went on a 13–4 run with just under 6 minutes remaining in the first half. This propelled them to a 44–30 lead at halftime, with 13 of those points coming off 9 Duquesne turnovers. Duquesne ended the game with 15 turnovers, 5 of which came from freshman point guard Derrick Colter.

The Dukes opened up the second half on a 12–5 run to cut the lead to 7. The margin later shrank to 5 twice with 15:32 remaining and again with 14:16 remaining. At the end of the second media timeout, the Minutemen only had a 57–53 advantage.

The lead jumped back up to 8 with 6:14 left, giving Massachusetts control for the final minutes, highlighted by two of the four 3-pointers Freddie Riley hit on the night. UMass ended the game on a 14–4 run.

Massachusetts continued their home court dominance, improving to 6–1 on the season and winning 19 of their last 21. Duquesne dropped to 1–7 on the road.

Going into the game both teams averaged over 70 points a game and allowed 70 points a game as well.Massachusetts out-rebounded Duquesne 38–27 and consequently outscored them 18–9 in second chance points.

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