RECAP: Dukes Christen new building with a win over Dayton

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne (7-6, 6-5 A10) faced off against Dayton (10-5, 6-4) in the first ever game at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. The Dukes were able to cling onto a lead that they held throughout the game, deposing of the Flyers 69-64 Tuesday night.


Early on in the game, Duquesne got off to a hot start in their new building, going on a 13-3 run in the first four minutes of the contest

The Dukes continued their success shooting the basketball and took a 12-point lead into the second media timeout.


The Flyers were struggling from the field in the first eight minutes of the contest, shooting just 30 percent from the field, and were unable to hit any of their five three point attempts.


Duquesne was able to go on a 7-0 run out of the media timeout, but their offense began struggling. The Flyers also struggled from the floor, forcing up contested shots left and right.


But after both teams struggled from the field, each side found their stride and Dayton was able to cut the Duquesne lead to 17 points at the 3:27 mark of the first half. Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot did not like what he saw from his team in the last couple of possessions, and called a timeout to let his team regroup.


Towards the final moments of the half, the Flyers were able to cut the lead down to 15 heading into the locker room.


In the first half Duquesne was led by Michael Hughes, who was just one rebound short of recording a double-double. He logged 11 points and nine rebounds in the opening frame. Right behind him was another forward Marcus Weathers who recorded nine points in the half.


Overall for the Dukes shot 57 percent from the field and 35 percent from downtown in the half. They were also able to out duel Dayton on the boards out rebounding them by seven.


For the Flyers, they were carried by Jalen Crutcher, who played all twenty minutes in half number one he shot and impressive 75 percent from the field and hit Dayton's two three point shots. He ended with 15 in the half. The Flyers struggled from the field shooting at just a 35 percent clip they also shot an abysmal 12 percent from beyond the arc.


To start the second half, Duquesne was just one for four. The Flyers weren't much better shooting out of the break, which allowed the Dukes to hold their 17 point lead heading into the first media timeout of the first half.


As Duquesne was able to break out onto a 5-0 run, Dayton continued to struggle from the field, shooting 1-7 going into the second media timeout and because the Dukes were able to increase their lead up to 20.


Just when it looked like Duquesne was just going to bleed out the clock and finish the game with a pretty sizable lead, Dayton pulled within three minutes to go in the contest.


With less than a minute to go in the game, Mustapha Amzil hit a shot from three point range that cut the lead down to just nine points.


RJ Blakley shrunk the lead to just seven points thanks to his three point jumper.


But the Dayton comeback effort was all for not as the Dukes were able to hit their free throws to ice the game.


Jalen Crutcher finished his night with 28 points for the Flyers. Duquesne's offense was led by Marcus Weathers who led the Dukes in the points category with 20 on the night.


The Flyers shot 41 percent from the field in the losing effort while Duquesne shot slightly better at a 47 percent clip. Both teams struggled from three point land as Dayton shot 22 percent and the Dukes shot 23 percent.


Duquesne looks to stay undefeated in their new building at they take on VCU Sunday at 4:00 p.m on NBCSN. The Flyers conclude their five game road trip after this game and host George Mason Friday at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2


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