Dukes Top Seton Hill, 84-53

Duquesne men's basketball team got their second exhibition win via an 84-53 victory over Division II Seton Hill University early Saturday evening at the Palumbo Center.

Box Score | Duquesne press release

Senior Aaron Jackson led the Dukes with 15 points and sophomores Damian Saunders and Bill Clark added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman Eric Evans also scored 11.

Saunders and freshman Melquan Bolding each had five rebounds. Evans had a game-high seven assists and Saunders led all players with four steals; he also had three blocked shots.

The Dukes assisted on 22 of their 32 field goals; Seton Hill, 17 of 21. Duquesne won the rebounding battle, 35-26, including 16 on the offensive end of the court, and had 19 turnovers, 13 committed by freshmen, to SHU's 34.

The Dukes, up two at 14-12, put together a 20-7 to take a 34-19 lead with 3:49 remaining in the first half. The score at the break was 43-27.

Duquesne extended the second half lead to as many as 32 points, the last at 72-40. The win was by 31 points.

Freshman forward B.J. Monteiro started this game replacing walk-on junior Jimmy Sherwood. The first sub was another frosh, there are eight of them, point guard Eric Evans. All 15 players on the roster saw action, first year forward Shawntez Patterson was last off the pines.

The Dukes, who hit just 4-of-21 from three-point range, had 11 overall today, seven in the first half by seven different players, Saunders, Jackson, Jason Duty, Clark, Chase Robinson, Evans and Aleksandar Milovic.

Seton Hill, from nearby Greensburg, Pa., was led by State College area junior forward Cody Boone's 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots. Senior point guard Jordan Thomas, from Jeannette, Pa., had 13. Alex Tomic pulled down a game-best seven rebounds.

SHU fielded their first basketball team in 2003-04 under head coach Tony Morocco, a Pittsburgh native. This is their second season of NCAA Division II play. The Griffins, who were 12-15 in 2007-08, lost an earlier exhibition to Pittsburgh, 102-51, last Sunday.

Duquesne opens the regular season on Friday, November 14, 2008, against High Point University of the Big South Conference. The Panthers were 17-14 last season. Game time at the Palumbo Center is 8:30 p.m. following Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio women's basketball team's 6:00 p.m. doubleheader opener versus Morehead State.

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