Dukes Grab 98-80 Win over Bonnies in N.Y.

Duquesne, up by 12 points at the half and by as many as 30 in the second, took a wire-to-wire, 98-80, victory over St. Bonaventure Saturday afternoon at the usually visitor-unfriendly Reily Center in southwestern New York. The win, the Dukes' sixth-in-a-row, raised DU's record to 11-4, 2-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

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Duquesne, picked for 12th, and St. Bonaventure selected for 13th place in the A-10 preseason poll, entered the game with identical 10-4, 1-0 in the league.

Sophomore Bill Clark led the visitors with a career-high 24 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block. The California native shot 8-of-15 from the floor including 4-of-7 beyond the arc, and made all four free throw attempts.

Senior Aaron Jackson, the A-10's player of the week, scored 20 to go along with eight assists and five rebounds.

Three other Dukes hit double figures: freshman Melquan Bolding tied his career-best with 16 points, classmate Eric Evans added 14, and walk-on junior Jason Duty hit for 13 points.

Sophomore Damian Saunders had game-bests of 10 rebounds, five steals and three blocks. DU's second leading scorer at 15.2 ppg was scoreless in the first half and finished with seven points before fouling out with 3:35 left to play.

Duquesne scored five straight points and led, 7-1, two-and-a-half minutes into the game. St. Bonaventure closed to within three, 13-10, on a pair of free throws by Ray Blackburn. The Dukes put together a 9-2 run to grab a 21-12 edge with 11:28 to go in the opening period.

After Jonathan Hall's fastbreak dunk off a DU turnover tightened the score to 23-19, Duquesne ran off 10 straight points, capped by Clark's 13th first half point for a 33-19 edge. The Bonnies' 7-0 run cut the lead in half, 37-30, with 3:12 on the clock.

With the shot clock expiring, Jackson hit a line-drive, 28-footer to extend the margin back to 12 at 42-30. The halftime score was 44-32.

Bolding hit four free throws and a layup at the start of the second half as Duquesne extended the lead to 50-34. Saunders first points of the game, a pair of free throws, put DU up 20, 56-36. Jackson led a 3-0 fastbreak off Saunders' steal of the inbounds pass for a layin that made the score 63-41.

After the hosts ran off eight straight, Duty swished a three-pointer to get the Dukes back up by 18 at 68-50 with 11:36 left. A pair of traditional three-point plays by Saunders and Jackson and a trey by Clark put the lead at 83-56, three minutes later. Then Evans canned a trey for the 30-point, 88-58 edge, with 5:33 to go.

St. Bonaventure (10-5, 1-1) was led by freshman Andrew Nicholson's 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Hall scored 14 and senior Tyler Benson had 11 points, sophomore Malcolm Eleby had six assists in the first of the two games the teams will play this season - the rematch will be on Saturday, January 31st, in Pittsburgh.

Duquesne returns home for a pair of games versus George Washington on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, and on Saturday, Jan. 17th with Dayton. Both tip at 7:00 p.m. in the Palumbo Center.

Notes

  • For the second game in a row, freshman Oliver Lewinson was the first bench player to see action.
  • Sophomore Bill Clark scored 15 of his 24 points in the first half.
  • Duquesne made exactly half of their shots (33/66) including 13-27 from three-point range (48.1%).
  • After missing the first two free throws, Duquesne made 16 straight from the charity stripe before freshman Eric Evans missed his first with 1:50 on the second. He hit number 2 and freshman B.J. Monteiro hit a pair for the final mark of 86.4 percent (19-22).
  • Duquesne had 35 rebounds, 10 on the offensive end. Taller SBU had 36. DU was one short of the opponent's total for the second game in a row after taking that battle in the previous four games.
  • DU had 21 assists and 14 turnovers (1.50 ratio). SBU's a/to ratio was 1.16 (22/29)
  • St. Bonaventure shot 45.9 percent (28/61) from the field and was 6-of-16 from beyond the arc (37.5%).
  • The Bonnies had won three in a row and seven of their previous eight.
  • Dukes' 2-0 conference start is the first since 1999-00.
  • DU's largest first half lead was 14 points, the last 35-21 at 5:45.
  • All of Duquesne's 11 players saw action.
  • Bona scored 10 points in the final minute.
  • Attendance was 4,287 in the 5,780-seat Reilly Center. School doesn't restart for another week.


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