Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Bounce Back Strong Rebounding, Hot Shooting in Win Duquesne 88, New Orleans 70

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Bounce Back Strong Rebounding, Hot Shooting in Win Duquesne 88, New Orleans 70

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After watching his team get crushed by Pitt three days ago, Duquesne coach Jim Ferry wanted his team to be more aggressive and physical.

They were both Saturday night, and rather efficient, too.

The Dukes cruised to an 88-70 victory against New Orleans at Palumbo Center, sparked by an overwhelming rebounding advantage and a crisp offense.

Duquesne outrebounded New Orleans, 54-28, en route to its largest margin of victory of the season.

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.

"We were the aggressor on the glass," Ferry said.

The Dukes were outrebounded by 19 in a 66-45 loss to Pitt Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. That loss served as a measuring stick for Ferry's team against New Orleans.

They were looking to improve on a lackluster performance in the City Game, and viewed every statistical victory Saturday through that prism.

"We were definitely trying to be more physical," senior forward Andre Marhold said. "We got outrebounded [against Pitt], bad.

"We just wanted to bounce back and be as physical as we can. ... But basically, the offense was making more shots than we did at Consol."

The Dukes made 49.2 percent of their shots and scored 1.4 points per shot attempt, a measure of offensive efficiency. The NCAA average is approximately 0.98 points per attempt.

But Ferry stopped short of calling it a sharp offensive outing.

The Dukes committed 16 turnovers and played erratically for stretches, especially early.

"We just couldn't put these guys away," Ferry said. "They just kept coming back, kept making plays."

Despite trailing by 17 points in the first half, the Privateers (2-5) pulled within seven points of the Dukes (5-4) early in the second. …

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