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Originally published: 2014-01-03 14:20:51
Last modified: 2014-01-03 14:37:21

Mountaineers fall to Dukes

by Staff Reports

PITTSBURGH -- A slow start on offense and a hot-shooting Duquesne squad was too much to overcome as Appalachian State men's basketball team suffered a 79-55 loss to the Dukes Thursday at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

 

The Mountaineers (4-9) led just once in ballgame, while the Dukes (7-5) rolled to their fourth-straight victory and defeated Appalachian for the second-straight time.

 

After Chris Burgess hit a 3-point shot on App State's opening possession to make it 3-2, Duquesne took control and scored four-straight to make it 6-3 with 17:06 to play in the first half.

 

The Mountaineers were able to cut the deficit to 6-5,  but the Dukes dominated the rest of the game.

 

Tra'Vaughn White's bucket with 13:33 on the clock gave Duquesne its first double-digit lead of the game at 18-8. The Mountaineers were held scoreless for over four minutes midway through the half, a stretch which allowed the Dukes to turn an 23-15 lead into a 32-15 advantage.

 

Duquesne ended the final five minutes of the half on a 12-2 run to take a 49-24 lead into the locker room. The Dukes connected on 12-of-16 free throws in the first half and held Appalachian to just 29.4 percent from the floor en route to the 15-point halftime lead.

 

Despite playing better on both ends of the floor in the second half, the Mountaineers were never really able to mount a serious run as Duquesne led by as many as 28 points (59-31). Duquesne's lead never fell below 19 points the rest of the game.

 

Tab Hamilton led Appalachian with 18 points, while Jay Canty added 12 in his season debut. Canty played for the first time this season after missing the first 12 games because of academic ineligibility.

 

Canty played 30 minutes in his first game action of the season.

 

Burgess added 12 points and Tommy Spagnolo finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.

 

Duquesne was paced by a game-high 22 points from Ovie Soko, who finished 8-of-11 at the charity stripe and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. White scored 14 points off the bench and grabbed six boards while Dominique McKoy finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.

 

The Dukes shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the floor and made 15-of-25 free throws while the Mountaineers connected on just 31.3 percent (20-of-64) of their shots. Duquesne finished with a 52-30 edge in rebounds and dished out 22 assists while forcing 14 App State turnovers.

 

Appalachian State opens Southern Conference play when it travels to Elon on Monday at 7 p.m. before hosting SoCon foe UNCG on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

Duquesne 79, Appalachian State 55

Appalachian State 55 (4-9)

Obacha 2-3 0-0 4, Canty 4-11 4-6 12, Hamilton 7-21 0-0 18, Burgess 4-10 0-0 12, Neal 0-7 2-2 2, Baskin 1-8 1-2 3, Spagnolo 2-3 0-0 4, Eaves 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-64 7-10 5.

Duquesne 79 (7-5)

Soko 7-15 8-11 22, McKoy 5-98 0-0 10, Jones 3-7 0-0 6, Colter 09-4 0-0 0, Mason 3-5 0-0 9, White 5-9 3-6 14, Jones 1-2 2-2 4, Watkins 1-3 2-2 4, Ridenour 2-3 0-4 5, Gill 1-4 0-0 3, Lewis 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-62 15-25 79.

Halftime score--Duquesne 49, App State 24. 3-point goals--App State 8-23 (Burgess 4-7, Hamilton 4-9, Neal 0-4, Canty 0-2, Baskin 0-1), Duquesne 6-16 (Mason 3-4, Ridenour 1-1, Gill 1-2, White 1-3, Soko 0-2, Jones 0-2, Colter 0-2). Rebounds--App State 33 (Spagnolo 10), Duquesne 52 (Soko 8). Assists--App State 12 (Neal 5), Duquesne 22 (Three with four). Steals--App State 8 (Neal 3), Duquesne 5 (Gill 2). Turnovers--App State 14, Duquesne 12. Total fouls--App State 20, Duquesne 15. Fouled out--None. Technical fouls--None. Att.--1,892.