Questioned Basket is Difference in Dukes Loss

What was an inconvenience turned into a game-changer in Duquesne's 99-98 overtime loss to Saint Joseph's at The Palestra. The All-Access video feed was not working so the referees could not take a second look to see if the winning tipin was, in fact, in time.

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

Coach Ron Everhart said during the postgame radio interview that he saw the red light go on above the backboard before the tip. This would be a reviewable play but since there was no video, there was nothing to go to and the call on the court, a good basket, had to stand.

There were a number of other situations where Duquesne could have made that basket moot. For example, missed free throws in the final minutes of regulation and during overtime, but these were by guys whose play had put DU in a position to win.

The Dukes came back from a 16-point halftime deficit and an 18-point second half score, 59-41, to tie the game and then go up by as many as seven points, 82-75 with just 1:22 to go. Saint Joseph's outscored DU, 13-6, after that, for the 88-88 tie at the end of normal time.

This was a game were junior walk-on Jason Duty came off the bench for the final offensive play in overtime and hit a trey to give Duquesne a one-point lead with time expiring. Eight seconds was enough time for the Hawks to react after two misses and get the ball in the basket as time was expiring.

Duquesne down 18 in the second half, on the road, and to a Philly team, in past seasons would not have gotten back in the game let alone have a "comfortable" lead with two minutes left. Then too, Coach Phil Martelli's players never quit.

Eleven days ago (Sat. Jan. 10), Rhode Island fought back from a 19-point margin and tied Saint Joseph's with 36 seconds left in regulation and led through most of the first OT, only to lose in triple overtime, 92-86.

There are no good ways to lose a game; this has to be one of the hardest.

Duquesne put six players in double figures led by Duty's career-best 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, 4-of-5 from three-point range, Sophomore Damian Saunders also had 20 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

Freshman Eric Evans scored 13 points and classmate Melquan Bolding added 11. Senior Aaron Jackson, playing despite a hobbling injury, scored 10 points, all in the second half, and had a team-high five assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes of action. Sophomore David Theis also hit for 10 points, his best at Duquesne.

Saint Joseph's was led by senior forward Ahmad Nivins with a career-best 34 points and 16 rebounds. Nivins came into the game averaging a double-double of 19.6 points and 11.0 rebounds.

Sophomore Idris Hilliard was the third player with 20 points. Senior Tasheed Carr added 14. Junior Darrin Govens, who missed double figures for just the third time in 17 games, had game-highs of six assists and three steals.

The Dukes next take on Fordham on Sunday, January 25, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. in the Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, N.Y. The Rams are 2-14 this season, 0-4 in league play.

Game Play

Bolding scored DU's first four points and a Duty jumper capped an 8-0 run as the Dukes ran out to an 11-point, 16-5 lead. Duty returned the difference to 11 when his 13th point got the score to 25-14.

Saint Joseph's answered with a 15-5 run and jumped ahead, 31-30, on a trey from freshman Bryant Irwin.

Coach Everhart called a 30-second timeout after Carr canned a three-pointer for a 41-32 lead. But the Hawks kept scoring until Bolding's trey stopped the 14-0 run and made the score, 47-35. St. Joe's took a 53-37 lead to the break.

Theis canned a pair of three-pointers and Evans hit a runner to reduce the second half deficit to seven points, 67-60, with 11:06 left.

Jackson's traditional three-point play tied the score at 71-71. A pair of free throws by Evans and Saunders' three-pointer capped a 14-0 run for Duquesne's 76-71 lead.

Evans scored six straight via a trey and a traditional 3-point play to get the Dukes up seven, 82-75, after Carr's two free throws had pulled the Hawks within one, 76-75.

Duquesne was ahead 88-82 with 44 seconds remaining, but St. Joe's made six straight points to tie the game with 14.4 to go. Jackson's three-point attempt in the final second was unsuccessful.

The lead seesawed in overtime, by no more than two points, and was tied three times. Guess there was too much time on the clock after Duty's almost-gamewinner.


  • Duquesne, which scored just 12 points in the final 11 minutes of the first half, made 44.6 percent of their shots (33/74). DU again made 13 three-pointer from 34 attempts (38.2%). SJU shot 50.0% overall (31-62), 40.0 percent from beyond the arc (8/20).
  • Free throws went to the hosts in their temporary home. Saint Joseph's made 29-of-34 (85.3%) while DU hit 19-of-24 (79.2%).
  • Rebounding also went to St. Joe's, 40-36.
  • Ball control was pretty good both ways. Duquesne had 19 assists and nine turnovers (2.11 ratio). The Hawks' numbers were 22 and 13 (1.69).
  • While second-chance points were almost even (DU 17, SJU 18), Saint Joseph's got 42 points in the paint to the Dukes' 24.
  • Duquesne's reserves scored 28 points, twice the Hawks' total of 14 by three players.
  • Freshman Oliver Lewinson started the second half for sophomore Bill Clark, who had three fouls. When the Arizona native needed a breather, he was replaced by sophomore David Theis. Clark returned with 8:29 left when Theis picked up his fourth foul.
  • Junior Jason Duty hit his first six shots, half from beyond the arc.
  • After an earlier Idris Hilliard tip-in got the score to 83-80, three timeouts were called (two by Duquesne) during the next play that ended when Duty hit senior Aaron Jackson on a breakaway.
  • Garrett Williamson intentionally fouled Jackson on the breakawy. It turned into a three-point play. A.J. made 1-of-2. DU got the ball on the next possession and Theis made both free throws.
  • Jackson is still battling that bruised tailbone injured in last week's game with George Washington. He didn't score in the first half.
  • Freshman Melquan Bolding is recovering from a case of strep throat.
  • This out-of-towner was almost helpless. Live stats (GameTracker) was also not working tonight -- they were for DU women's game, a 77-75 loss at Dayton. which Fortunately, KQV's internet broadcast from Ray Goss and George Von Benko was as clear as ever.