Duquesne improves to 7-2 with 72-57 victory against Maryland Eastern Shore
The start of the basketball season hasn’t been easy for Duquesne.
Coach Keith Dambrot replaced almost his entire roster after only three players returned from last year.
The Dukes confronted two ACC teams – Notre Dame and Pitt – and lost to both.
Just last Sunday, they recovered from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat Longwood, 80-71.
So, maybe a breather was in order Thursday night when the Dukes (7-2) pounded Maryland Eastern Shore, 72-57, at Palumbo Center. Except it wasn’t quite as easy as it appeared early in the game.
Duquesne jumped to a 27-7 lead in the first half while holding Maryland Eastern Shore without a field goal for nearly 7 ½ minutes.
The Hawks didn’t go down without taking a swing at the Dukes, however. Duquesne led, 51-30, early in the second half before the Hawks ran off nine consecutive points. But Duquesne never trailed, except for 31 seconds in the first half, and managed to maintain control throughout the second half.
Playing without second-leading scorer Michael Hughes, who missed his second consecutive game with a leg injury, coach Keith Dambrot used 14 players and 10 scored.
Lamar Norman Jr., making his second consecutive start, led the Dukes with 16 points. Frankie Hughes and Sincere Carry added 12 and Marcus Weathers 11.
Leading scorer Eric Williams Jr., one of the returning starters, played only four minutes and scored one point.
The Hawks, who have experienced only two winning seasons in the past four decades, hadn’t played since Dec. 2. They’ll take their 1-9 record and stay in town until Saturday when they play Pitt at Petersen Events Center.
Duquesne improved to 7-2 for only the third time in 46 years, stretched their home winning streak to seven and won for the 12 th time in a row against a non-conference opponent.
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at email@example.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.