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Duquesne downs Herd, 93-82

Cody Linn
Marshall Sports Information

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marshall men’s basketball fell to Duquesne, 93-82, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday night.
Marshall moves to 5-3 with the loss as Duquesne moves to 5-2 on the season.
“We haven’t played as a “we”, we’re playing as a me,” fifth-year head coach Dan D’Antoni said. “The score doesn’t matter until we learn how to play as a “we”.”
Senior guard C.J. Burks dropped a game-high 26 points on a 10 of 15 shooting night, including four makes from beyond the arc. Burks also lead the team with five assists, while bringing down three boards and recording a takeaway.
Senior guard Rondale Watson scored 12 points in his first start of the season. Watson picked up two helpers and three rebounds on his line.
Senior guard Jon Elmore rounded out a trio of Marshall players in double-figure scoring with 12 on the night. He went 7 of 9 from the charity stripe dishing out four helpers and recording two steals.
Sophomore guard Jarrod West knocked down the first shot of the game from beyond the arc as sophomore forward Jannson Williams followed it up with a dunk to give Marshall a 5-0 lead 40 seconds into the game.
The Dukes answered with a 9-0 run and eventually held its largest lead of 18 with 5:32 left in the opening half. However, Marshall closed out the half on a 14-6 run to trail 48-38 at the break after Elmore made three free-throws
The Herd came out gunning in the second-half as it went on a 10-5 run capped with a three-pointer by sophomore forward Mikel Beyers to trail by five just over four minutes into the half.
Duquesne built up its lead to double-digits again, but Marshall wasn’t going down without a fight as it cut the deficit to seven, 85-78, with four minutes to go, but the Herd couldn’t cut it closer as the Dukes took the game.
Duquesne had four players with 10 or more points led by a 20-point effort from Michael Hughes. All four of their double-figure scorers scored their points on 10 or fewer attempts.
Marshall had fewer turnovers than Duquesne, 17-19, and had more points off turnovers, 27-23.
Postgame Notes
• Watson tied his season-high in points with 12.
• Burks had his eighth game of 10 or more points this season, including fourth game of 20 or more.
• Elmore had his seventh game of the season in double-figure scoring.
• Beyers scored a career-high five points in the game.
• Elmore has had four or more assists in seven games this season.
Up Next
Marshall returns to the Cam Henderson Saturday (Dec. 8) to face Toledo. Opening tip is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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Marshall box
DUQUESNE 93, MARSHALL 82
MARSHALL (5-3)
J.Williams 1-3 5-6 7, Elmore 2-11 5-7 10, West 2-5 0-0 6, Watson 4-11 3-5 12, Burks 10-15 2-5 26, Bennett 0-1 0-0 0, Beyers 2-3 2-2 7, George 3-6 0-0 6, Kinsey 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 28-61 17-25 82.
DUQUESNE (5-2)
Weathers 5-7 1-6 11, M.Hughes 7-9 6-9 20, Lewis 5-6 3-3 15, Carry 6-9 5-5 19, F.Hughes 2-5 0-0 6, Rotroff 2-4 2-2 6, Kelly 2-5 1-2 5, Dunn-Martin 0-3 0-0 0, E.Williams 3-7 2-2 9, Norman 1-1 0-0 2, Wade 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-57 20-29 93.
Halftime—Duquesne 48-38. 3-Point Goals—Marshall 9-20 (Burks 4-7, West 2-3, Beyers 1-1, Elmore 1-3, Watson 1-3, George 0-3), Duquesne 7-18 (Lewis 2-3, Carry 2-3, F.Hughes 2-5, E.Williams 1-2, Wade 0-1, Kelly 0-1, Dunn-Martin 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Marshall 29 (George 7), Duquesne 33 (Weathers 7). Assists—Marshall 15 (Burks 5), Duquesne 17 (Carry 7). Total Fouls—Marshall 22, Duquesne 23. A—1,689 (4,406).