Dukes Stop Fordham, 91-72

Fordham got within six points in the first five minutes of the second half, but couldn't hold back Duquesne as they charged to their ninth-straight victory via a 91-72 win over the Rams, Wednesday night at the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, N.Y. The win raises the Red and Blue's Atlantic 10 Conference record to a first-ever 6-0, tied for first place.

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All five Duquesne starters scored in double figures with senior Damian Saunders and freshman T.J. McConnell recording double-doubles.

Senior Bill Clark again led the Red & Blue with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and no turnovers. The Californian was 8-of-14 from the floor including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Junior B.J. Monteiro had 15 points and two blocks. McConnell added 14 points and 10 assists. Saunders scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with five steals, four blocks and three assists. Freshman Mike Talley's 3-pointer in the final minute of play gave him 11 points; he made three of his four field goal attempts.

Clark opened the scoring with a three-pointer and the Dukes led 8-1 before Fordham was able to make the score, 10-9. The Dukes kept the Rams scoreless for over five minutes as they ran off 12 straight points for a 22-9 edge.

Duquesne extended the advantage to as many as 15 points, 30-15, before an FU charge got the margin down to 33-29, the closest the hosts could get this evening. The Dukes took a 45-36 lead into the locker room.

With strong action on the offensive boards, Fordham cut the lead to 53-47 before DU's 8-0 run made it 61-47. Fordham again got within nine, 71-62, only to see the Dukes' 14-4 run put the game out of reach, 85-66, a point first-year head coach Tom Pecora conceded when he sent in a fresh, seldom-used quintet with three-and-a-half to go.

Talley's traditional three-point play gave the Dukes their largest lead, 88-66. Fordham cut the final margin to 91-72.

The Rams' size advantage resulted in a 44-39 edge on the boards. Twenty (20) came from their own missed shots, including one sequence with three offensive rebounds before the Rams' fourth shooter made a bucket. FU had 20 second chance points to the Dukes' 12. Fordham shot 38.2 percent for the game and made 7-of-22 from three-point range (31.8%).

Fordham had three players in double figures. Branden Frazier had 19 and Brenton Butler added 17 points. Chris Gaston scored 15 points to go along with his team-high 11 rebounds. Lamount Samuell had four of FU's 10 assists. Kervin Bristol was credited with two blocks.

Duquesne assisted on 25 of 31 field goals (80.7 percent), had just six turnovers--by six different players, 11 steals, and seven blocks and shot 47.0 percent from the floor and 44.0% from 3-point range (11-25), While getting 10 more attempts at the free throw line, DU hit just 61.2% (18-29), with Fordham at 13-of-19, 68.4%. The Dukes led in points off turnovers (22-7), fastbreak points (20-7), and points in the paint (34-26).

The Rams have lost eight straight after starting the season, 6-4, and are 6-12, 0-6 in the A-10.

Xavier kept pace with the Dukes (14-5, 6-0) with an 81-74 victory over George Washington, tonight in Cincy. Both teams have identical records: 14-5, 6-0 in league play.

The Dukes returns to Pittsburgh for a Consol Energy Center game against Dayton (15-6, 3-3), Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. The game is the final event during Duquesne's basketball alumni weekend.

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