Dukes find answers in 74-62 win over Jackson State


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Isaiha Mike had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists Monday. — DKPS FILE

It almost seemed as if it was still the same old story for Duquesne's men's basketball team Monday night as the Dukes watched a 14-point lead turn into four with just under 7 minutes left in the first half. But, really for the first time all season, Jim Ferry's men responded to the adversity and answered the challenge ahead of them.

"Everybody's good. I was talking to another coach, saying, 'Man, nobody is bad anymore.' So, everyone is good, everyone is going to make runs," Ferry said. "The thing is for us, if we don't turn the ball over, we give ourselves a chance to compete."

After Jackson State cut the lead to four points in the first half, Duquesne's first answer came in the form of capitalizing at the free throw line. In eight attempts in the final 7 minutes, the Dukes made good six times. That, combined with 3s from Mike Lewis II and Emile Blackman, helped the Dukes outscore the Tigers, 14-6, to close the half and take a 12-point lead into the break.

The Tigers cut the lead to single digits twice in the second half, including outscoring the Dukes 24-15 in a 9 minute, 25 second span to cut the lead to just six points. But the Dukes found their second answer with a 16-10 run to end the game with a 74-62 victory over the Tigers inside the A.J. Palumbo Center, marking the first time the Dukes (6-6) have won back-to-back games since late January of last season.

"I think one of the big things was converting transition opportunities and not turning the ball over," point guard Tarin Smith said of the team's success. "When we don't turn the ball over, we're a lot better team."

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