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Duquesne cruises past Mississippi Valley State

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Eric James and Micah Mason each scored 18 points as Duquesne fell one point shy from matching their season high to beat Mississippi Valley State 91-77.

PITTSBURGH - The Dukes improved to 6-1 on the year with the victory.

“We played extremely unselfish basketball,” head coach Jim Ferry said, citing the team’s 23 assists on 38 baskets.

Duquesne’s fast paced style of play resulted in three early turnovers, but the Dukes righted the ship then and attacked. The Dukes were lead early by Micah Mason and Darius Lewis, scoring 11 and 9 in the first half, respectively. Once Duquesne built a comfortable lead, forward Eric James came off the bench and posted 13 points, making all five of his field goals, two of which were from behind the arc. James would play 20 minutes on the night.

“I think it’s just whoever who is playing best deserves to play,” James said.

Mississippi Valley had enough trouble just trying to generate any offense whatsoever in the first half. After starting 1-9 through the first five minutes, the Delta Devils were only able to attempt two field goals in the next three plus minutes, both of which were missed. While Latrell Love, Rashaan Surles and Marcus Romain were able to reach eight points each in the half, MVSU dug itself into a hole that they would not be able to climb out of, going into the half with Duquesne leading 53-30. 

The second half started as the first half ended: with Duquesne clobbering MSVU’s defense. After starting on a 7-0 run, the Dukes added their exclamation mark on the evening when Mason stole a pass and hit a lay-up mid stride to make it 72-39 with 14:56 remaining.

The Delta Devils did finally get some offense going late, but it was mostly against Duquesne’s third and fourth stringers. Walk-on Nick Foschia went on the court with seven minutes remaining and attempted five shots, and 15 different Dukes received court time.

“You never want to embarrass anybody,” Ferry said. “It’s still early in the season, so we’re trying to develop some bench players to get guys some experience.”

Sophomore forward TySean Powell shined in his time on the court, grabbing eight rebounds and scoring 10 in his first game at the Palumbo Center this year.

“We have a lot of depth on the squad,” Powell said. “As long as we’re able to come off the bench and keep the intensity high, I think we can be a very good team.”

James and Mason tied for a team lead 18 points, while Love had 18 for MSVU. The Dukes ended with 10 turnovers, six blocks and eight steals. They also won the battle of the boards 49-42.

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1. Powell attempted and made his first two career 3-pointers.

2. Duquesne scored the first 13 points off of turnovers in the contest. MSVU did not have any points off of a turnover in the first half.

3. Duquesne had 14 fast break points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

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