Finally a relaxing win after last Wednesday's comeback fell a tipin short at Saint Joseph's and the women's basketball team's charges from behind fell two-points short at Dayton Wednesday, and three shy at George Washington yesterday.
And Duquesne showed that the team can play well with senior leader Aaron Jackson on the bench as the Dukes, in just under 12 minutes, turned a four-point first half lead into a 16-point margin at the break without him. Jackson recorded a double-double as he scored 10 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with seven assists.
Bolding and Saunders each had three steals; Jackson had Duquesne's only block.
Bolding's layup gave Duquesne the lead for good at 10-9 during a 17-1 run that put the score at 23-10 with 10:01 on the first half clock. Duty capped the run when he made 1-of-2 from the foul line after Fordham coach Dereck Whittenberg was charged with a technical following a blocking foul that Evans converted into a traditional three-point play.
Freshman B.J. Monteiro's free throw with 2:14 to go before the break gave the Dukes their largest first half lead at 19 points, 41-22. The Rams outscored Duquesne 6-2 the rest of the way, including the final basket that was made possible when FU defense forced Evans into a turnover. The halftime margin was 43-27.
Fordham was only able to cut the lead by one to 15 points in the second half, the last time, 46-31, with 17:03 left on senior Zachary Wing's layup. The Dukes' largest advantage was 24 points, 79-55, on an Evans' free throw with 5:19 remaining.
Fordham senior forward Chris Bethel had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Sophomore guard Mike Moore led with 18 points while freshman guard Jio Fontan scored 16 points to go along with three assists. Freshman guard Alberto Estwick had four steals and sophomore forward Jacob Green, a West Virginia transfer, had four blocks for the Rams who are now 2-15, 0-5 in league play.
Duquesne returns home for a one-game homestand in a Super Bowl Eve rematch with St. Bonaventure on Saturday. January 31, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh. Earlier this month, the Dukes beat the Bonnies, 98-80, at the Reilly Center in southwest New York.
- Senior Aaron Jackson, who leads Duquesne and is tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 playing 35.17 minutes per game. went to the bench with two fouls with 11:47 remaining in the first half and Duquesne leading 14-10. Freshman Eric Evans played the rest of the period as the Dukes outscored the Rams, 29-17.
- This was Jackson's third double-double of the season. The 11 rebounds tied his career best.
- The CBS College Sports broadcast duo of Tom Hart and Steve Lappas twice incorrectly indicated Duquesne had 13 wins last season, once in a graphic showing Duquesne's progress over the last four seasons. DU was 17-13 in 2007-08.
- Fordham's 6-foot-8, 210 senior forward Zach Wing, a second year walk-on who had been averaging 1.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9.0 mpg, started the first game of his career for the Jesuit school. He scored FU's first four points of the game and the Rams' first point of the second half while getting seven points and five rebounds this afternoon.
- Sophomore Damian Saunders, Duquesne's second leading scorer at 14.7 ppg, hit a season-low four points but had nine rebounds and three steals.
- The 21-point victory was the largest Atlantic 10 road win ever for Duquesne.
- The Dukes shot 50.8 percent from the floor (31/61). Clark and Duty accounted for all eight three pointers. The rest of the team was 0-9.
- This was the eighth time the Dukes shot .500 or better from the field this season. The Dukes are 8-0 in those games.
- Duquesne won the competition at the free throw line, hitting 65.5 percent (19/29) while Fordham made 18-of-33 for 54.5 percent.
- Fordham shot 39.3 percent overall (24/61) and made just 2-of-23 from beyond the arc (8.7%).
- Duquesne outrebounded Fordham 46-34. Each team had 10 rebounds on the offensive end. and each had 10 second-chance points.
- Duquesne scored 23 points off FU's 15 turnovers while the Rams converted DU's 17 miscues in 18 points.
- DU had 20 assists on 31 field goals (64.5%) and had a 1.18 assist / turnover ratio. FU's A/TO number was 0.67 (10/15).
- Freshman Oliver Lewinson had one rebound (not credited) and a layup. He dove to the floor for the rebound that led to a Jackson layup and scored from an AJ feed.
- Jackson scored his first points on a fastbreak layup with 9:07 left in the game. He played 28 minutes.
- Junior Jason Duty is going to the dribble more often to get shots. One score came on a strong drive right up the middle to the hoop. He left the game after his fourth foul, but more so because he had taken a hard fall.
- Duquesne took a double digit lead for good at 27-16 on a Duty jump shot with 7:52 left in the first half.
- Duquesne's six road wins (6-3) are the most by a Dukes' team since 1985-86 (6-8).