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Colter leads as Duquesne routs Penn State

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Derrick Colter scored 26 points and Micah Mason added 14 as ‎Duquesne‬ throttled ‪‎Penn State‬ 78-52 at the CONSOL Energy Center on Friday night.

PITTSBURGH - In what was their first real test of the year, the Dukes tied a school record with 17 3-pointers as the game slowly but surely turned into a rout in the second half.

“I thought we played extremely unselfish,” head coach Jim Ferry said. “...Just a great team win and a great program win.”

Senior guard Derrick Colter tied a career-best 26 points and contributed six 3-pointers in the victory to improve the Dukes to 3-0 on the young season. Duquesne held the Nittany Lions to a 29.7 field goal percentage while shooting 50 percent from the field and behind the arc.

Micah Mason opened the contest with a pair of threes, but was quiet throughout the rest of the first half. The two teams did not follow suit, trading leads 10 times in the first half. That six point lead was the largest either team had through the first 17 minutes.

L.G. Gill carried Duquesne early, grabbing six boards and scoring half a dozen points to give the Dukes a 20-19 advantage with 8:38 left in the first. Forward Brandon Taylor led the Nittany Lions’ attack early, scoring 12 in the first half and tallying five of the team’s 10 field goals.

After four more lead changes, the game stood tied at 26 with 3:14 left in the half, but that’s when Duquesne’s offense exploded.

Starting with a tre from Jeremiah Jones, the Dukes ended the half on an 11-0 run, with a dunk by Darius Lewis highlighting the run to give Duquesne a 37-26 at the midway point.

“I knocked down the open shot. My teammate (Eric James) found me on that,” Jones said.

Duquesne picked up where they left off, draining their first seven three-point attempts in the second half. Five different players had a three in that stretch, with Colter and Mason draining a pair. With 14:41 remaining, the Dukes had taken a close game and made it a blow out by going on a 26-4 run.

“We defended. We got stops,” Ferry said when asked about the run. “We got them playing transition while we’re playing our tempo.”

Unlike their earlier two wins this season, the Dukes’ defense did not relent in the second half, producing nearly identical numbers to the first half. Penn State’s did shoot better in the second, 31 percent compared to 28.6 in the first, but Taylor was held to just two points and the Lions were downed easily.

Mason and Gill ended the night with 14 and nine points, respectively. Jones added 11 points and three three-pointers in the win. Duquesne also had 20 assists on 27 field goals compared to six dimes on 19 buckets for the NIttany Lions.

Duquesne will travel away from Pittsburgh for the first time this season to face Pepperdine on Monday in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

1. This is the first time since the 2009-10 season that Duquesne started a year 3-0.

2. Duquesne improved to 5-12 at the Consol Energy Center.

3. Duquesne was +5 on the boards (42 to 37) and +6 for blocks (9 to 3).

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