Dukes Hold For 83-72 Win at Saint Francis

Duquesne's men's basketball team improved to 2-0 via an 83-72 victory over Saint Francis Thursday night at the DeGol Arena in Loretto, Pa.

Duquesne evidently needs to be moving in order to score. For the second straight game, the Dukes imitated "The Gang That Couldn't Shot Straight" as they made just 32.0 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe (8/25) while Saint Francis was 13 of 15 (86.7%).

From the floor, it was a different story as the Dukes hit 57.7 percent (35-60) and were led by senior Aaron Jackson's 20 points. Freshman Eric Evans added 16 points and sophomores Bill Clark and Damian Saunders canned 12 and 11, respectively. (Because of foul trouble, Saunders played just five minutes in the first half).

Saint Francis (0-3) was led by redshirt junior Devin Sweetney's game-high 25 points. Senior Marquis Ford added 17. Senior Cale Nelson recorded 12 assists. (Other individual stats will be added when available)

Freshman B.J. Monteiro's fastbreak feed to Clark gave the Dukes their first lead, 3-2. Sweetney's jumper and pair of free throws put the Red Flash up, 6-3. A 5-0 run extended SFU's margin to their largest, 16-10.

A bit later, Evans hit the first attempt from the foul line. His second was rebounded by the Dukes setting up the Detroit, Mich. native for a trey, a four-point play, and a 4-point Duquesne lead, 27-23, with about five minutes left before the break.

Sweetney's 3-pointer restored the lead to the hosts, 36-32. Freshman Rodrigo Peggau, seeing his first action of the season, scored DU's final five points for the 42-38 halftime edge.

A Jackson to Saunders layup put DU up 50-42 early in the second half. Saint Francis did cut the margin to two but could get no closer as the Dukes stretched the advantage to as many as 13 points, 77-64, with about three minutes left on the clock.

Duquesne (2-0) returns to Pittsburgh for the next battle on Sunday, November 23, 2008, against the Southern Conference's Furman (1-1). Tip is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.

Note: No live stats with this game at Saint Francis. Numbers are unofficial and will be updated. I'm at a loss when GameTracker et al. isn't available. ;-)

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