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Duquesne shoots past Omaha, 120-112, in CBI

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Derrick Colter's 28 points led six Dukes in double-figures as Duquesne beat Omaha 120-112 in the opening round of the CBI Tournament.

PITTSBURGH, PA - Duquesne’s big first half lead proved to be too much for Omaha as the Dukes beat the Mavericks 120-112 to advance to the second round in the College Basketball Invitational.

After the Dukes led by 19 at halftime, Omaha pulled to within three points of Duquesne in the middle of the second half; however, the Dukes answered with a 15-2 run to regain control.

The fast paced game was highlighted by strong shooting as Duquesne shot 63 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. As part of Omaha’s 80-point second half, the Mavericks made 57 percent of their attempts, including 59 percent from behind the arc. The high-scoring affair was riddled with fouls as both teams shot a combined 80 free throws.

Colter scored 28 points, added 9 assists and 6 rebounds, and went 14-15 from the charity strike. Jordan Robinson’s strong second half led to the center’s career high 18 points. He also collected six rebounds.

Head coach Jim Ferry was proud of Colter’s performance following the senior’s struggles against La Salle in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

“Sometimes with seniors it’s this fine line; they want to win so badly, they don’t want it to end,” Ferry said. “When we got the bid to play in this, I called DC and said ‘Hey, listen this is great, because you’re not going out like that,’ and for him to respond this way is great to credit him.”

Duquesne opened up a quick 16-5 lead as the Dukes made seven of their first eight field goal attempts. Omaha was forced to call a timeout at the 16-minute mark after Colter’s half-court pass found Eric James running ahead of the pack for an uncontested dunk.

Over the next two minutes, Duquesne continued to shoot strong with an 8-0 run and increased their advantage 16 points. 

With just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, Josh Steel made a catch-and-shoot three from the corner, making the score 39-23.
Guard Tra-Deon Hollins’s lob pass to Randy Reed for a slam ended the Mavericks three-minute scoring draught, which saw Omaha miss ten field goals. However, Duquesne failed to increase their led by only shooting 1-9 from the field.

In the waning seconds of the half, Omaha played tight defense on Steel, forcing the guard to hand the ball to Colter for a desperation shot. Colter promptly made the off balance three from the wing giving Duquesne a 51-32 lead at halftime.

Omaha began the second half similar to the way Duquesne started the first half start with a 7-0 run. The Dukes turned the ball over three times in the stretch. Then, at the 16:43 mark, Devin Patterson shot an open straightaway three to cut the deficit to single digits.

With a defender on him, Micah Mason pump faked and drained a 3-pointer from the left corner to hold off the Mavericks.

Omaha continued to stick with Duquesne as guard Tim Smallwood swished a fade away 3-pointer to make the score 72–65.  At this point in the second half, the Mavericks went 60 percent from the field and made six of seven 3-pointers.

Despite Mason picking up his fourth personal foul with just under eight minutes to go, Duquesne responded. Robinson made a jumper in the paint to give the Dukes another 10-point lead.

The next three possessions saw LG Gill make a three and a midrange jumper, along with a Colter alley oop to James for a tip-in. Then, Colter weaved his way through three defenders for a layup to crack the century mark.

Colter and Robinson made a combined 13 free throws in the final minute to hold off the Maverick’s furious late comeback attempt.

Patterson was the top performer for the Mavericks with 37 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Duquesne’s second round CBI matchup will be at Moorhead State on Monday.

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