Dukes Comeback Not Enough as UR Wins, 69-66

Duquesne put together another run to erase a double-digit second lead only to see a last minute three-pointer give Richmond a 69-66 win Wednesday night at the Robins Center in Virginia.

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    As in Richmond's two previous home games against Duquesne, the Spiders were able to do just enough to defeat the Dukes (see earlier story for more information).

    Duquesne trailed most of the game, their last tie, 11-11, at 13:21 of the first half on Aaron Jackson's layup. UR was on top until 1:26 of the second half, leading by as many as 11 first half, and 12 second half points.

    Down 64-52 with 8:13 remaining, Duquesne scored 14 straight points to tie the game and take their first lead of the night, 65-64, on Gary Tucker's traditional three-point play with 1:26 to go.

    Brian Morris hit a trey, Richmond's first points in 7:41 minutes, to put UR back on top by one, 67-66, with about a half-minute to go.

    Duquesne, which got the ball back after Drew Crank sank a pair of free threws for a 69-66 edge, was unable to score finish the comeback in the final 15 seconds.

    Kieron Achara and Reggie Jackson scored 13 points apiece. Achara also had team-bests of nine rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Aaron Jackson had four of DU's 12 assists.

    The win was Richmond's first in eight games and second in league play. UR is now 6-18, 2-9 inthe Atlantic 10.

    Coach Chris Mooney's style of play, patterned from his days as a player at Princeton, won the matchup versus Duquesne's "10-40" style.

    Duquesne had more turnovers than UR, 8-5, and attempted 15 fewer shots in the first half, as Richmond took a 41-33 lead to the break. The Dukes ended up scoring 30 fewer points than their average (96.9) in the seven previous games.

    Duquesne shot below their 76.3% league-leading free throw percentage, making 23-of-33 for 69.7 percent. UR made half of their six attempts, a disparity of 27 chances that Richmond fans let the refs know about in the final minutes.

    The Spiders were lead by Morris's 14 points. Dan Geriot added 12 points and two blocks. Peter Thomas had six rebounds and Ryan Butler had six of UR's 21 assists. Richmond did end up with 14 turnovers to DU's 13.

    The Dukes (10-13, 6-6 A-10) next action is Sunday, Feb. 18tth, in a CSTV game against Fordham at 12:00 noon in the Rose Hill Gym. The Rams, one of three league teams Duquesne plays twice this season, won the earlier contest, 71-59, on January 14, 2007, at the Palumbo Center.

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