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Soko leads Duquesne over Albany

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Ovie Soko scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to lead Duquesne over Albany 70-59.

PITTSBURGH - Ovie Soko posted his third double-double in four games with 23 points and 13 rebounds and Tra'Vaughn White added 15 points off the bench to lead Duquesne to a 70-59 win over Albany at Palumbo Center.

The Dukes (2-2), who led by 14 at the half, fell behind 57-56 with 5:28 left before holding the Great Danes (2-2) without a field goal the rest of the way to pull out the win.

Peter Hooley led Albany with 21 points.

"I thought we started the game really locked in defensively," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "We had a lot of energy and a lot of focus. When you hold a team to 16 points in the first half and then they come out and score 18 points in the first four minutes to the media timeout, it's a little concerning.

"What was nice about this game is we responded when they came all the way back and we got down."

Albany, which had five field goals in the first half, scored six baskets in the first two-plus minutes of the second to cut Duquesne's 30-16 halftime lead to 33-30.

The Great Danes, who hit 17 of their first 21 shots, took a 57-56 lead on a Hooley layup with 5:28 left.

Soko scored five straight on a drive and 3-pointer to give the Dukes some breathing room at 63-58 with 3:24 to go.

Jeremiah Jones, who scored eight of his 10 points in the second half, converted a three-point play on a put-back to give DU a 66-58 lead.

White and Derrick Colter added free throws down the stretch, as Albany missed 10 consecutive shots after Hooley's bucket at the 5:28 mark.

"Our guys made plays. We contested shots, closed up driving lanes and got big rebounds late when we needed them," said Ferry of the Dukes' late-game defense. "It was team defensive stops down the stretch the really helped us. I think that's something for us to build on."

Back-to-back three-point plays by White gave Duquesne its first double digit lead at 22-11. White's outburst was part of a 10-0 DU run.

Albany, which shot .250 in the first half, went nearly seven minutes without a field goal before Hooley scored with 43 seconds left. Soko answered with his 13th point to make it 30-16 at the half.

DU ended up outshooting Albany .455 to .431. Five players, led by Soko's 3-of-3, hit 3-pointers for the Dukes who finished 8-of-19 from the arc. Albany went 4-of-14 from 3-point with Hooley leading the way with three 3-point field goals.

Duquesne is idle until the Nov. 30 City Game vs. Pitt at CONSOL Energy Center.

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