Not only did Micah Mason lead the court with 20 points in Duquesne’s (9-2) 83-68 win over South Carolina State (5-6), but the senior guard also scored his 1,000th career point in tonight’s contest at Palumbo Center.
Senior guard Derrick Colter added 18 points and senior forward Jeremiah Jones netted 16 for the Dukes.
According to goduquesne.com, the Dukes shot 57.1 percent and held the Bulldogs to 40.7 percent, outscoring South Carolina State 45-29 in the second half.
Mason scored his 1,000th career point on a 3-pointer with 16:33 left in the second half.
Marking the first win this season when trailing at the half, Duquesne took command of the game on a Mason 3-pointer with 15:30 remaining.
Mason said his team improved upon their first half performance.
“We knew coming into this game that South Carolina State was very talented but I thought we played well on both ends,” Mason said. “I thought we came around in the second half and grinded out stops which helped us a lot.”
Sophomore guard Ed Stephens led the Bulldogs with 18 points.
With tonight’s win, the Dukes earn their best start since the 1979-80 season.
Duquesne hosts Robert Morris (1-9) Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.
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