St Joe's Edges Duquesne in OT, 99-98

After losing an 18-point second half lead, Saint Joseph's charged back to force overtime and then grabbed a 99-98 Atlantic 10 win over Duquesne on a tipin as time was expiring Wednesday night in The Palestra in Philadelphia.

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Junior Jason Duty, who hit a career-high 20 points, canned a three-pointer with eight seconds left in overtime to put the Dukes up 98-97. Saint Joseph's Idris Hilliard got the tip as the buzzer was sounding to give the Hawks the one-point victory.

St. Joe's, which has now won its fifth straight game, is 10-7, 4-0 in league play. Duquesne is 12-6, 3-2 in the A-10.

Sharp-shooting Duquesne opened with an 11-point leads at 16-5 and 25-14 only to see Saint Joseph's 14-0 run put the Hawks ahead, 30-25, on the way to a 53-37 halftime edge.

Duquesne fought back and finally regained the lead via their own 14-0 run, 76-71. But St. Joe's scored the final six points to tie the game at 88-88 and force overtime.

Neither team led by more than two in the OT.

Sophomore Damian Saunders also had 20 points and a team-high nine rebounds as six Dukes hit double figures. Freshman Eric Evans scored 13 points and classmate Melquan Bolding added 11.

Senior Aaron Jackson, playing despite a hobbling injury, had 10 points, a team-high five assists, two steals and one block. Sophomore David Theis also had his best scoring game with 10 points.

Saint Joseph's senior forward Ahmad Nivins led the victors with a career-best 34 points and 16 rebounds.

The Dukes next take on Fordham Sunday, January 25, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. in the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, N.Y.