Sharp Shooting IUPUI Takes Duquesne, 73-64

Eric Evans

IUPUI hit 27-of-54 of their field goal attempts, including 7-of-14 on 3-pointers, in a 73-64 win over Duquesne Saturday night at the 1,215-seat Jungle in Indianapolis, Ind. Nothing unusual for the Jaguars, now 5-0 at home, who came into the game with a 50.5 percent shooting average.

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Duquesne shot 48.0 percent in the first half. And junior Bill Clark hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer but still had a seven-point deficit at the break. How? Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis shot 58.7 percent.

The Dukes cut an 18-point second half deficit to six but couldn't get any closer.

Good news for Duquesne tonight was sophomore Eric Evans's shooting. Evans, who had hit just 9.1 percent of his three-point attempts (11/33), made 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored a career high, and team-best, 20 points.

Junior Damian Saunders had his ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 18 rebounds. Clark made the team's other two treys and scored 16 points. Montiero had a team-high four assists. The Dukes finished with a 1.00 assists/turnover ratio (14/14).

Saunders led the 8-4 Dukes with three assists, three steals and two blocks and was second with three assists. He got about a minute's rest in the first half after playing all 50 in the double-overtime win on Wednesday. Clark, who also never left the floor against Canisius, saw 34 minutes tonight.

The other good tidings for Duquesne was the play of seldom-used sophomore Chase Robinson; he played 13 minutes in the second half. Coach Ron Everhart noted in the post-game interview with the KQV broadcasters that Robinson played very well on defense.

Duquesne shot 38.7 percent from the floor but made just 6-of-23 from beyond the arc (26.1%). DU got out of the 50s from the free throw line, making 10-of-16 for 62.5 percent.

IUPUI's leading scorer Robert Glenn opened the game with a layup. Saunders putback of B.J. Monteiro's shot gave the Dukes their only tie of the game. Alex Young's three-pointer at 18:58 put the Jaguars on top, 5-2, for good. A Clark trey got the lead down to 17-15, seven minutes into the opening period.

IUPUI led at the break, 40-33, thanks to Clark's long range buzzer-beater. And the Californian cut the deficit to five on a jumper 25 seconds into the break. Young's trey started a 20-7 run that put the Dukes down, 60-42, with 14:24 on the clock.

An Evans three-pointer started a 16-4 run, capped by Saunders layup, that cut the deficit to six, 64-58, with 6:45 to go. The Jaguars scored 11 of the next 17 points for the 73-64 win.

Glenn also had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. Young added 22 and four steals. Leroy Nobles chipped in 17 to give 9-3 IUPUI's top three scorers, tonight and for the season, 90.5 percent of the team's total.

John Ashworth had 12 assists and Jon Avory blocked a pair of shots.

The Jaguars outrebounded the Dukes, 41-34, though the visitors had a 12-11 edge on the offensive boards.

Duquesne completes its pre-Christmas schedule Tuesday, December 22, 2009, when they host Saint Francis of Loretto (3-7) in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Palumbo Center.

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