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Duquesne Vs. Louisiana-Lafayette: Dukes Offense Continues To Roll

The Duquesne Dukes turned in yet another solid and balanced offensive performance, as six players scored in double digits en route to a 84-65 victory over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns at the A.J. Palumbo Center Saturday night.

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Sean Johnson and B.J. Monteiro led the way with 16 points each to pace the scoring attack.

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Eric Evans, Mike Talley and T.J. McConnell all chimed in with 12 points, while Jerry Jones continued his surprising start to the season by scoring a career high 10 points.

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Johnson would be the spark to get the Dukes out to a huge lead early, scoring nine points in the first 5:35 of the game, and scored 14 points in the first half.

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Using a 21-7 run to start the game, the Dukes would push ahead to a 44-23 lead at the half. They would not lead by less than 15 the rest of the night. 

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After letting Akron and Valparaiso shoot well from the field in the 2k Sports Classic last weekend, the Dukes put a defensive stranglehold on the Ragin' Cajuns, holding them to a shooting percentage of 34.3, and just 22.2 percent in the first half.

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The adjustments the team showed impressed head coach Ron Everhart.

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"I was excited about our defensive effort in the first half," he said. "When we are active defensively, we've got a chance."

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The Dukes continue to share the ball well, as they assisted on 21-of-28 field goals for the game.

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"Offensively we executed well and shared the ball extremely well," Everhart said. "The thing we focused on this week was 'us'. Seeing six guys in double figures is exciting for me."

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The Dukes will now move on to what will be one of their biggest tests of the season, the annual City Game with the Pittsburgh Panthers Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.