It was a struggle for the Dukes from the very start when the Richmond Spiders took a commanding lead 17-3 in the first three minutes of the game.
Scoring was not the Dukes' only issue — they turned the ball over four times in the first six minutes.
"We got completely outplayed on both sides of the basketball," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry.
It was the Dukes third-lowest point total this season, well below their 75 point per game average. The Spiders largest lead of the game came with 8:28 to play in the game when they led by 31 points, 61-38. The Dukes would never get closer than seven points to the Spiders.
The Dukes' Ovie Soko
with 21 points, 9 rebounds and one assist, led tonight's scoring. With 20 points, two rebounds and two assists, Anthony Kendall
led the scoring for the Spiders.
This was the third game the Spiders played without their leading scorer, Cedrick Lindsay
. The senior guard averages 18 points per game. Lindsay is out for the season with a torn meniscus.
The Spiders hit 42 percent of their field goals and 17 percent of their three-pointers. The Dukes shot 39 percent and 31 percent of their three-pointers.
Ferry said, "They shredded us in man-to-man and zone and they did a great job defending us. We just struggled to score tonight."
After tonight's game the Spiders are 16-8, 6-3 A10, and the Dukes drop to 10-13, 2-8 A10.