Charlotte Drops Dukes, 99-90

Duquesne's men's basketball team, back at the Palumbo Center after three road losses, came back to take an early second half lead but was unable to stop the senior-laden and taller Charlotte 49ers, 99-90, Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

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    Freshman Robert Mitchell had 20 points -- the 11th time this season he's hit that mark. Juniors Kieron Achara added 16 and Gary Tucker, the engine of a late first half run, had 15. Freshman walk-on Jimmy Sherwood scored 13 and classmate Scott Grote put in 10 points.

    Achara had five blocks. Sophomore Phillip Fayne led with three steals. Sophomore Aaron Jackson, who was held scoreless, had a team-best nine rebounds. Junior Reggie Jackson dished out eight assists.

    Charlotte's top two players, De'Angelo Alexander and Leemire Goldwire, combined for 51 points. While affected by Duquesne's traps and pressing defense, UNCC hit 13 three-pointers, had strong offensive rebounding and shot 76.2 percent from free-throw line.

    Charlotte led for most of the game. Kieron Achara's pair of free throws did give the Dukes their first lead, 8-6, and Scott Grote's layup at 12:41 of the opening 20, put DU on top 16-14.

    The 49ers extended their first half edge to as many as 11 and were up 44-34 on an Alexander trey before Tucker's steal and dunk at 1:13 started a 9-0 run. The surge was capped by Mitchell's three-pointer that closed the deficit to 44-43 at the break.

    The Dukes continued the hot hand at the beginning of the second half, re-taking the lead and extending it to as many as four points. But Charlotte erased a one-point deficit, 57-56, with an 8-0 run to take a 64-57 lead. They would never be on the tail end again.

    An Achara traditional three-point play put the Dukes down just two, 85-83. DU had late opportunities, but Charlotte made baskets and free throws for the win. The Dukes, who shot 70.0% from the charity stripe, made just 3-of-9 in the final three minutes.

    Alexander had 29 points to join the 49ers' 1,000 point club. He now has 1,016, just three-behind no. 20 George Jackson (1,019 - '75). Goldwire had 22, Jerell Jamison added 15 to goa along with 10 rebounds. E.J. Drayton scored 10 for the 13-13 squad. The 49ers are 6-7 in Atlantic 10 play.

    Charlotte had an eight rebound edge; 18 of the 46 were on the offensive end of the court. They committed 13 turnovers and had 26 assists. The Dukes had 20 assists against 11 TOs.

    Duquesne is now 10-15, 6-8 in league play. The Dukes host St. Bonaventure on Saturday and visit George Washington the following Saturday to conclude the regular season conference schedule. (Duquesne has an unusual late non-conference game against Akron on Mon. Feb. 26 in the Palumbo Center at 7;00 p.m.)

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