PITTSBURGH — Ricky Harris had 22 of his 29 points after
halftime and Massachusetts overcame a 16-point second-half
deficit to snap a three-game losing streak with a 84-80 overtime
win over Duquesne Thursday night.
Harris, who was averaging 26.6 points over his past five games,
missed eight of his first 10 shots but hit a 3-pointer at the
halftime buzzer then went on to shoot 7-for-11 in the second
The Minutemen (9-15, 3-7 Atlantic 10) had lost eight of its
previous nine and 10 of 12 coming in.
The Dukes (12-12, 3-7) scored the game’s first nine points and
built an 18-6 lead. They led by as many as 16 on three
occasions, but the Minutemen began a 26-8 run when trailing
50-34 to take their first lead.
B.J. Monteiro had 18 points and Damian Saunders 15 to lead
Duquesne. Saunders became the 33rd player in school history to
surpass 1,000 career points. He now has 1,001.