Duquesne (17-16) defeated Omaha (18-14) 120-112 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) at Palumbo Center Tuesday night.
Senior guard Derrick Colter led six Duquesne players in double figures with a career-high 28 points. Sophomore center Jordan Robinson added a career-high 17 points off the bench and sophomore forward Eric James, junior forward L.G. Gill and senior guard Micah Mason scored 16 each for the Dukes who tied the fourth-highest point total in school history.
Senior guard Devin Patterson led the Mavericks and court with 37 points.
Both Duquesne and Omaha broke the CBI single-game scoring record set by Creighton in a 102-92 win over Davidson in 2011, according to goduquesne.com.
Duquesne, who shot 62.7 percent for the game, made its last 11 shots.
Head coach Jim Ferry praised his team’s defense and noted the high-speed of the game.
“I thought it was going to be a 95-100 game just because of the pace and the tempo,” Ferry said.
Colter said he was excited to play in the tournament.
“[The game] gave me a second chance,” Colter said. “I didn’t want to end my season in Brooklyn like I did losing to LaSalle, so it was a good opportunity that they invited us to this tournament and I really appreciate that.”
The win marks Duquesne’s fourth post-season tournament win (NCAA/NIT/CBI) in 47 years.
The Dukes face Morehead State (20-12) on Monday at 7 p.m. in Kentucky.
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