A dominant rebounding effort and a strong shooting performance propelled Duquesne to an 88-70 victory against New Orleans tonight at the Palumbo Center.
The Dukes (5-4) shot 49.2 percent from the field and outrebounded the Privateers, 54-28, en route to their biggest margin of victory of the season.
Senior guard Sean Johnson became the 37th player in Duquesne history to score at least 1,000 points when he sank a 3-pointer in the first half. Johnson finished with 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting to lead all scorers.
Duquesne freshman guard Derrick Colter added 17 points, and senior forward Andre Marhold scored 14. Marhold twice sparked the Dukes with highlight reel-worthy plays: in the first half with an emphatic block on a Corey Blake dunk attempt and in the second half with a monstrous put-back dunk on a missed 3-pointer.
Perhaps most outstanding about Duquesne's big night on the glass is New Orleans missed only eight more shots than Duquesne, meaning the Dukes didn't own the glass simply because the Privateers couldn't find the net.
It was the first game of the season outside Louisiana for New Orleans (2-5), whose previous road game this season came against intra-state foe Nicholls State.
Lovell Cook led New Orleans with 12 points. Rarlensee Nelson recorded a double-double with 10 points, 10 assists and no turnovers.