DU & TU Top Scorers Set Career Scoring Marks

Senior Reggie Jackson's career-best 25 and Kieron Achara's 24 points Wednesday in Philadephia weren't enough to get a road victory. Temple won, 90-85, in the penultimate Atlantic 10 regular season game for both.

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Kieron Achara, the Dukes' lone player taller than 6-foot-7, played 38 minutes. He also had five rebounds, two assists, four turnovers and one steal while shooting 7-for-10 from the floor, 5-of-6 from three-point range, and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Aaron Jackson had a team-best six rebounds and tied Kojo Mensah, both at four assists. Mensah had 14 points, all in the second half, and Bill Clark added 13 points, including 3-of-5 from the three.

Duquesne, which came into tonight's game hitting at a 73.8 rate from the free throw line, made 8-of-10 in the first half but just 10-18 in the second for 64.3% in the game. But these same Dukes hit more than half of their shots from the field (51.9%), a little better beyond the arc (52.0%).

Achara opened the scoring with his first trey. Dionte Christmas broke a 16-16 tie at 13:58 of the first half with his first layup, in a series of four 'bunnies' in two minutes.

Temple extended the lead to as many as 10 points twice, the last at 32-22 on Sergio Olmos's traditional three-point play, halfway through the first.

Reggie Jackson, who had 18 first half points, hit both free throws on DU's first one-on-one chance (in the first half) to cut the margin to four, 42-38, at 1:21. TU's Chris Clark canned a trey to close the scoring in the opening period, Temple, 45-38.

Duquesne was 0-4 at the start of the second half until Bill Clark's 3-pointer cut the margin to 53-44 at 14:42. In those five+ minutes, the Dukes hit three-of-six free throws while the Owls grew the lead to a game-high 13.

Clark's trey stopped an 8-3 Temple run and started a DU 11-3 run to get within four, 56-32, a little over 1½ minutes later.

The Dukes, in the bonus at 10:17, tied the score, 62-62, as Mensah hit both ends of the one-and-one. Aaron Jackson's putback of Kieron's lone miss from the arc, got DU within two, 68-66, with 7:50 left to play.

Christmas, who set a career best with 37 points, made 8-straight points, four free throws and two baskets, for a 74-66 lead.

The Dukes were within a 3-pointer three times after that, the last, 79-76, on Reggie Jackson's jump shot at 2:58.

Temple hit eight free throws in final two minutes to seal the victory and their hold on second place in the A-10 and clinch a first-round bye in next week's A-10 championship tournament.

Olmos, who was averaging 4.9 ppg, also set a career mark with 16 points. Mark Tyndale had 15 points and led the Owls in rebounds (7), tied with Luis Guzman, assists (5) and steals (3).

Duquesne, 16-12 overall and 6-9 in the A-10, closes out the regular season schedule at home on Saturday, March 8th against Saint Louis (16-13, 7-8) at 4:00 p.m. in the Palumbo Center. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Pittsburgh and ... well check you local listings, except Baltimore / Washington, D.C, it's not there.

Notes:

  • Temple (17-12, 10-5) clinched a bye in the A-10 tournament and game ahead of third-place Massachusetts.
  • Duquesne hasn't clinched a trip to Atlantic City. The Dukes are a half-game in front of George Washington (9-15, 5-9), with a game in hand. DU is up 1 game with Fordham (11-16, 5-10).
  • Reggie Jackson scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half.
  • Tonight was the fourth time, and second in a row, that 6-foot-4 Aaron Jackson has led DU in rebounding.
  • Aaron and Reggie hit 30 minutes -- AJ 31, RJ 30.
  • Junior Shawn James's (6-10) shoulder injury kept him in Pittsburgh.
  • Achara played 38 minutes. Olmos, at 7-0, and 6-9 Lavoy Allen combined for 41.
  • When Duquesne went into the 1-and-1 bonus in the second half, they had three fouls. Two minutes, 11 seconds later, four fouls were called on the Dukes putting Temple in the bonus.
  • Duquesne was outrebounded 18-12, 6-2 on offense, in the first half. The Dukes controlled the boards after the break, taking TU, 18-10, including 10-2 under DU's basket.
  • Turnovers went to Temple, which leads the league in giveaways, 12-19. Duquesne had nine in the first, 10 in the second, half in the first five minutes. A 0.79 assist / turnover ratio for the Red & Blue - 15 assists on 27 baskets.
  • Gary Tucker and Tyndale collided as Tuck attempted to steal the ball to redeem Reggie Jackson's turnover at 11:56 of the first
    Tucker was a little dizzy but stayed in the game. Tyndale went from prone on the floor to the locker room. Fortunatelt, he was back in the game five minutes later.
    Temple fans saw the foul differently. So in the second half, almost every time Tucker had the ball, the crowd un-greeted him with a chant of a******.
  • Christmas was 0-4 beyond the arc in the first half, and then made 3-in-a-row in a two-minute span of the second.
  • Duquesne had 15 second chance points to Temple's three. Three of the four other measurements went to the Owls.
    • Points in the paint: 40-20
    • Points off turnovers: 25-17
    • Fast break points: 12-6
    • The fourth, 30-12 Duquesne on bench points.
  • Christmas was charged with a turnover when he fouled A. Jackson while rebounding a Tyndale missed shot with 1:21 left in the first half. But, Lavoy Allen fouled Gary Tucker rebounding another Tyndale miss. No turnover was charged with 3:21 left to play. (Should be a stat correction later.)


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