PITTSBURGH – Jerry Jones scored 16 points and Derrick Coulter added 12, including the game-clinching free throw with four seconds left, to give Duquesne a 60-56 victory over West Virginia Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Duquesne overcame a 15 point second-half deficit as the cold-shooting Mountaineers scored just 20 points after the break.
A short Terry Henderson
jumper on the Mountaineers’ opening possession of the second half gave West Virginia a 38-23 lead, and WVU had a 14-point advantage with 18:26 to go. But Duquesne began chipping away, getting its deficit to nine, 39-30, on two Sean Johnson free throws, and then trimming it to seven, 39-32, on a Johnson jumper.
Still, West Virginia appeared to be in pretty good shape with 12:29 to go when Juwan Staten
was able to feed Deniz Kilicli
for an easy basket to put the Mountaineers ahead, 45-34. However, a couple of ill-advised shots by West Virginia led to Duquesne run-out baskets, Colter knocking down a transition 3 from the wing to reduce Duquesne’s deficit to eight, 45-37, and then Quevyn Winters following with a driving layup to make it a six-point game.
The next nine minutes saw West Virginia score just two baskets – jumpers by Matt Humphrey
and Kilicli - and that enabled Duquesne to get its first lead of the game, 50-49, on a Jones free throw with 5:51 to go.
ended West Virginia’s scoring drought with a tip-in basket to give the Mountaineers a 51-50 advantage with 3:56 left, but once again Jones responded with a long ball to give the Dukes a 53-51 lead.
tied the game with a short bucket at 2:45 and then Coulter answered with a driving layup at the two-minute mark. Another Coulter layup with 1:08 left gave the Dukes its first two-possession advantage of the game.
Duquesne’s biggest lead was six, 59-53, on a Jones basket with 28 seconds left.
Humphrey hit his second 3 with 16 seconds remaining to make it a three-point game, 59-56. Humphrey, following a missed Johnson free throw, had a chance to tie the game with four seconds left but his contested look from the top of the key was off line. Gary Browne
grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled by Jeremiah Jones while attempting to follow up Humphrey’s miss with 4.1 seconds left.
Browne missed both free throws – the second intentionally, however, his second miss failed to draw iron, giving the ball back to Duquesne underneath the basket. Coulter was able to knock down one of two at the line to ice the game for the Dukes.
Tonight's victory was Duquesne's first against West Virginia since 2002 when Danny Nee's Dukes knocked off the Mountaineers in the Palumbo Center 86-82.
Poor shooting is becoming a theme for West Virginia (4-4), the Mountaineers converting just 22 of its 66 field goal tries tonight for 33.3 percent. The Mountaineers’ starting guard tandem of Staten and Jabarie Hinds
were a combined 6-of-23 and only Browne (3 of 6) was able to make at least half of his field goal tries. WVU was 4-of-18 from behind the 3-point arc, which was actually none better than Duquesne’s three-made 3s on 19 attempts.
Staten scored 13 while Humphrey and Browne contributed 10 for the Mountaineers.
Marvin Binney came off the bench to score 10 for Duquesne, now 6-4.
The Dukes had a 43-39 advantage on the glass while outscoring the Mountaineers 36-20 in the paint.
West Virginia remains on the road to face third-ranked Michigan in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday night in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN. The Wolverines are 10-0 and off to their best start since 1989 after beating Binghamton 67-39 earlier tonight.