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Dukes fall to Maryland Eastern Shore

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UMES shoots 57 percent as Duquesne falls for fifth time in six games

Maryland Eastern Shore shot 57 percent, including 9 of 15 from deep, and Duquesne lost for the fifth time in six games, falling 78-69 to UMES at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Sunday afternoon.

After falling behind by 15, Duquesne was able to pull within a bucket, but the Dukes were unable to complete the comeback.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump the whole game,” junior guard Micah Mason said.

Duquesne and Maryland Eastern Shore opened by trading buckets, resulting in four lead changes and two ties in the first 5:30. Senior guard Devon Walker lead the UMES attack early, scoring 10 of his team’s first 14 points. Walker averaged 8.6 points per game entering Sunday’s game, so his 16 points in the half and his 5-6 mark from beyond the arc gave the visitors an early spark.

After Duquesne guard Jordan Stevens hit a jumper to make it a 24-22 game, the Hawks went on a 10-0 run to build a 34-22 lead. The Dukes had no answer for UMES’ offense in the first half, as they made two-thirds of their shots from the field and 72.7 percent of their 3-point attempts. Duquesne was able to claw their way back into the game before halftime, scoring eight unanswered points to cut the deficit to 45-38 at the midway point.

Duquesne was unable to keep the momentum, however, as the Hawks played solid defense and slowed the Dukes’ attack. Maryland Eastern Shore’s offense slowed as well, as the Hawks turned to an interior game and abandoned the 3-point shooting that built the lead in the first half. Still, UMES built another double digit lead, making it 52-40 with 15:37 remaining.

But the Dukes did not go down quietly, raging back to pull within two points with 10 minutes left after Mason made two straight field goal attempts, one of which was from 3-point range. UMES countered and rebuilt their lead to 61-54, but Mason deliver another bucket from downtown to make it a four-point game.

Duquesne’s momentum was slowed when Jeremiah Jones missed a pair of free-throws to keep the score at 63-57. Hawks’ forward Michael Myers slammed down a ferocious dunk on the next possession, and with that jolt of energy, they kept the Dukes an arm’s length away the rest of the game.

Myers scored a game high 22 points and recorded a double-double with 14 rebounds, also a game high. He scored 18 points and collected 11 rebounds in the second half when the Hawks began to attack almost exclusively from the inside.

“That was a grown man… and we’re playing all freshmen,” Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry said about the matchup of Myers against his young forwards. “In two years, we’ll have bodies like that.”

Mason put up 16 points and guard Derrick Colter added 15 and seven assists to lead Duquesne. The Dukes switched to more man coverage in the second half and kept UMES under 50 percent from the field in the half, but UMES still made 57 percent of their field goals and 60 percent of their 3-pointers in the game. Duquesne shot 44.4 percent from the floor and and 34.6 percent from deep. Duquesne was able to force 13 turnovers, but were only able to get 14 points out of them.

“It’s a young team, it’s a work in progress,” Ferry said.

Duquesne will be playing their last non-conference game of the season against Texas-Pan America this Tuesday at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

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