Duquesne took a post-Christmas trip past the Pittsburgh International Airport for a game with cross-town rival Robert Morris and grabbed an impressive victory over the Colonials.
The win, the team's third straight, raises the Dukes' record to 8-4 with a New Year's Eve home game remaining against Bowling Green Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. that will close the 2008 and non-conference schedules. RMU had won the prior two contests before tonight.
DU, which shot an outstanding 58.1 percent from the floor (25/43) and 54.2% beyond the arc (13/24), placed five players in double-figure scoring led by senior Aaron Jackson's 18 points. AJAX also had a game-high eight rebounds.
Freshman Melquan Bolding, who scored the game's first six points via a pair of treys, scored 16 points, sophomore Damian Saunders added 14 and junior Jason Duty and sophomore Bill Clark each tallied 11 points.
The Dukes led 45-24 at the half. Clark paced the team with six assists, Saunders blocked two shots, and Bolding had three steals. DU assisted on 80.0% of the baskets (20/25) but also had 20 turnovers, 14 in the second half.
Young, undersized Duquesne had the edge on the boards, 35-26, for the third straight time which coincides with the win streak.
The Colonials, who were held to 30.9 percent shooting, made 22 of their 26 free throw attempts (84.6%).
Robert Morris (6-6) was led by 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals from senior Jeremy Chappell. Junior Mezie Nwigwe, who made all 10 tries from the charity stripe, added 14 points to go along with a team-best five dishes.