Dec. 6, 2003
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Shane James matched a career-high with 16 points and had the Greyhounds down by three late in the game, but Duquesne was able to hold off Loyola's second-half rally and defeated the 'Hounds 70-61 at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Saturday night.
Freshman Michael Tuck got the Greyhounds off to a quick start with a pair of three-point field goals and Loyola led 6-2 only minutes into the contest. Charlie Bell's kiss at 15:05 upped the Loyola lead to 8-3 before Duqesne went on a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the night.
With both teams looking for offense, the Dukes found it inside, scoring 18 first-half points in the paint. Loyola, without a single free-throw attempt in the opening half, trailed 34-22 at the break.
Freshman Shane James cut into the Duquesne lead with a three-pointer to open the second half. He remained aggressive in the frontcourt, scoring 10 quick second-half points. His three-pointer at 13:56 brought the Greyhounds back within five points at 41-36.
With the same five-point margin, James went to the free throw line at 1:29. He knocked down both attempts to bring the 'Hounds within three at 63-60. On Duquesne's next possession, Loyola's defense held the Dukes to a three-point attempt deep in the corner, but Jimmy Tricco's shot hung on the rim and finally fell to give Duquesne a 66-60 lead it would not relinquish.
James' scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and ended the game with five rebounds and three assists. Sean Corrigan, who also had five rebounds, scored nine points while Bell added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Greyhounds went to the free-throw line nine times, making six of their attempts. Duquesne shot 23-of-37 from the free-throw line and used 12 second-chance points to improve to 2-2 on the year. Loyola, 0-5 overall, returns to Reitz Arena and MAAC play when it faces St. Peter's this Monday night at 7:30 p.m.