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Duquesne suffers first loss of the season

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Duquesne‬ went cold from beyond the arc and lost to Pepperdine 84-70 in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

ESTERO, FLA - Stacy Davis scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half - and added a game-high 15 rebounds - as Pepperdine held off Duquesne, 84-70, in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Estero, Fla.

L.G. Gill had 17 points, Derrick Colter scored 16 and Jeremiah Jones added 15 for the Dukes who shot 38.8 percent.

Duquesne, which trailed by 19 early in the second half, rallied to within seven on Gill's third - and final - 3-pointer with under three minutes left. The Dukes, who limited Pepperdine to 42.4 percent shooting, looked to have a defensive stop before Amadi Udenyi found Jeremy Major in the right corner late in the shot clock and watched as Major buried a 3-pointer - his lone field goal - to give the Waves a 75-65 lead with 2:36 go.

DU briefly cut it to nine only to see the Waves score the next five to put the game out of reach.

"We didn't get great flow offensively because of the way they were guarding us," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "They got 38 free throws to our 18. It's hard to win a game like that. We've got to learn to play without fouling."

Pepperdine, which went 6-of-12 from the 3-point arc in the first half, got 3-pointers from Davis, A.J. Lapray and Kameron Edwards during an 12-2 run to take a 35-19 lead with 2:34 left. TySean Powell's dunk was DU's only score of the final 3:51 of the half that ended with the Waves up 36-21.

Duquesne, which was coming off a school record-tying 17 3-pointers in a 78-52 win over Penn State on Friday, went 0-of-13 from the arc in the first 20 minutes.

"I thought we defended outstanding in the first half," said Ferry. "Here is a team that doesn't shoot a lot of threes - and we made them shoot a lot of threes - and they made them today. That hurt us. When you hold them to 42 percent from the field ... again, it was the fouling. You can't give a team 38 free throws." 

The Dukes were down 42-23 before Gill ended DU's drought with a wing 3-pointer that started a 7-0 run which pulled the Dukes within 12.

Mason hit DU's fourth 3-pointer in as many tries in the half to cut the lead to eight before Davis answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and a free throw to make it 56-41.

Duquesne cut it to nine on a Gill 3-pointer with 3:21 left and pulled to within seven on Gill's three before Major hit his big shot from the corner.

DU finished with 26 fouls, to 14 for Pepperdine. The Waves went 24-of-38 from the line. The Dukes were 12-of-18.

"This is tournament basketball. We gotta bounce back real quick and focus on Milwaukee who is a really good team," said Ferry.

Duquesne will face Milwaukee (4-2), who fell to Murray State, 66-63 in the tournament's first game, in the second round of the Showcase tomorrow at Noon.

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