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Backcourt of White and Colter combine for 42 points to carry Dukes to 94-88 win over UMBC

PITTSBURGH - The starting backcourt of Tra'Vaughn White and Derrick Colter combined for 42 points and 12 assists to lead Duquesne to a 94-88 win over UMBC at the Palumbo Center.

The win evened Duquesne's record at 3-3, while UMBC, which got a game-high 27 points from Chase Plummer and 18 more from Rodney Elliott, dropped to 3-6.

Colter, who scored 20 on 6-of-8 shooting, handed out a game-high seven assists to go along with a career high-tying four steals. White scored a season-high 22 to go along with his five assists. Jerry Jones added 14 points off the bench for the Dukes.

Duquesne shot a Jim Ferry Era best 59.6 percent in tying its Ferry Era high point total set in the season opening win over Abilene Christian. UMBC, which shot 50.8 percent, stayed within range with its 11-of-22 3-point shooting.

The Dukes opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 53-39 lead on a Colter three-point play as UMBC missed seven of its first eight shots.

The lead reached 15 before the Retreivers pulled to within nine on a Joey Getz 3-pointer with 12:22 left.

Duquesne answered with a 9-0 run started by White and capped by a layup and 3-pointer by Colter that made it 67-49.

"We responded, we played aggressively and hard," said Ferry of the second-half run. "We got it up to 18, then either we got tired or we let it back down again. We have to get more consistent if we are going to win at a consistent rate."

UMBC, which went 7-of-12 from the arc in the second half, would not go away, cutting the lead to 10 on a Quentin Jones 3-pointer with under five minutes left.

The Retreivers pulled to within eight before Colter stripped the ball from a driving Plummer and fed White who converted a three-point play to make it 83-72.

"Derrick really stepped up in the second half," said Ferry of Colter who scored 15 and had all four steals after intermission. "We've got to play more aggressively whether teams are pressing us or not. We can't allow other teams to set the tone for what we're trying to do."

The Dukes hit 9-of-12 free throws in the last 1:55 to seal the win.

There were five ties and one lead change early before Duquesne took its largest lead of the first half courtesy of back-to-back steals by White. White took the first, which came with just over seven minutes left, in for a layup and the second resulted in a Colter pass off the glass that Ovie Soko caught and dunked - in traffic - to make it 32-23 with 6:16 left.

The momentum gained was short-lived as UMBC responded with a 14-8 run, with the first five points coming from Elliott, to make it 40-37 at the half.

Duquesne continues its three-game homestand against Penn State on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

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