Temple Holds Back Dukes for 80-75 Win

Duquesne fought back from a 13-point second half deficit to tie the game at 66-66, but couldn't get over the hump as Temple took a 90-85 victory Wednesday evening in an Atlantic 10 Conference contest at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

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The Dukes, who now have a five-game losing streak, were led by senior Reggie Jackson's career high 25 points.

With fellow 6-10er Shawn James back in Pittsburgh nursing an injury, redshirt senior Kieron Achara was Duquesne's only player taller than 6-foot-7. The grad student had 24 points and five rebounds, three on the offensive end, as the Dukes outebounded Temple, 30-27.

Junior Kojo Mensah had 14 points, all scored in the second half, and freshman Bill Clark added 13 points.

Junior Aaron Jackson, at 6-foot-4, led the Dukes with six rebounds. He and Mensah each had four assists.

Temple took the lead at 18-16 with 13:58 left in the first half. The Owls didn't surrender the edge the rest of the game. The halftime score was 45-38.

Temple extended the margin to as many as 13 points in the second half, 53-40, with just under four minutes played. The Dukes charged back to tie the game at 62-62 seven minutes later. DU twice got within a basket, the last time, 68-66. Temple went up by nine and won by five.

Junior Dionte Christmas led all scorers with a career-high 37 points. Classmate Sergio Olmos added 16, also a career best, and senior Mark Tyndale had 15 points.

Tyndale, who tied sophomore Luis Guzman with seven rebounds, also led the Owls in assists (5) and steals (3).

Temple, which keeps their hold on second place in the A-10, raised their record to 17-12, 10-5 in league play.

Duquesne, 16-12 overall and 6-9 A-10, closes out the regular season schedule at home on Saturday, March 8th against Saint Louis (16-13, 7-8). The game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. tip in the Palumbo Center. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Pittsburgh.

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