Release: November 23, 2009
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Duquesne (3-0) built a 16-point halftime lead and defeated Binghamton (1-3) 70-52 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Monday night from the Ramsey Center on the campus of Western Carolina. The Dukes drained 10 three-pointers and shot 52%.
Duquesne jumped out to a 14-2 lead and converted 17-of-26 shots (65%) in building a 41-25 halftime cushion. Binghamton used an 11-4 run fueled by back-to-back three-pointers from Camara to trim its deficit to 18-13 halfway through the first half. But Duquesne responded with five treys in a 6:08 span to reclaim a double-figure lead. The Dukes drained seven long-range shots and forced 11 BU turnovers in the opening frame.
The Dukes then opened the second half with an 11-4 run that sealed the outcome.
Junior forward Moussa Camara tied his career-high with a team-high 16 points. Junior forward Greer Wright scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and freshman guard Dylan Talley added 11 points and three steals - all in the first half.
"Turnovers and rebounding are hurting us right now," interm head coach Mark Macon said. "The guys communicated well and played well in spurts but the game is 40 minutes long. We will remain patient though."
The Bearcats couldn't handle the inside-outside tandem of Damian Saunders (24 pts., 11 rebs.) and Bill Clark (5-of-9 three-pointers), who led a Duquesne team that was coming off an upset win at Big Ten member Iowa.
Binghamton continues its three-games-in-three-days stretch with a Tuesday night contest against host Western Carolina.
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