Sold-Out, Red-Hued Palumbo Sees Big Win

This time, when the scene was set for a signature victory, Duquesne answered taking down No. 9 Xavier, 82-78, before a sold-out Palumbo Center on Red Out Night.

Box Score | Dukes Upset No. 9 Xavier, 72-68


Duquesne scrapped the normal white jerseys for their red attire. The Musketeers wore blue uniforms, the other half of Duquesne's colors.

Of the many highlights in this game:

  • A highly energized, packed Palumbo Center with fans creating an uncomfortable atmosphere for the nation's top 10 team.
  • Duquesne's swarming defense, especially at the start of the game.
  • Hitting 81.0 percent in the first half, including 72.7 percent from three-point range.
  • Going up with just over two minutes played and never letting the lead get away.
  • David Theis hitting two critical free throws.
  • Three blocked shots by Damian Saunders against Xavier's much taller inside players.
  • Melquan Bolding taking a pair of charges and skying for a couple offensive rebounds.
  • Solid play by the team led by Aaron Jackson.
  • Duquesne not showing signs of cracking against Sean Miller's high powered offense. Xavier did, at times, score at will, but only at times.
  • Finally, the joy of seeing an exuberant crowd rushing the floor after the win, giving Duquesne basketball players the kind of love that has been missing for way too long.

Game Play

Jason Love fed C.J. Anderson for a layup under the basket and the Dukes turned the ball over on the first possession, not exactly a predictor of what was to come.

Bill Clark drove to the hole for a bucket and then hit the first of his four treys to put Duquesne up for good, 5-2, after just 2:17.

Bolding's three-pointer increased the lead to 20-7 with 13:26 on the clock. Anderson's layup at 5:12 cut the lead to 32-28 with 5:12 left before the break.

Aaron Jackson's layup capped a 10-0 run that returned the advantage to 42-28 exactly two minutes later. The Dukes took a 45-30 lead to the locker room.

Xavier opened with a 10-3 run to get the tally to 48-40, 16:20 left in the game. A trio of layups by Bolding and Jackson (2) extended the margin back to 54-40. (12:33)

B.J. Raymond 's three-pointer cut the margin to 56-48, 9:29 to go. Jason Duty's trey and a Clark layup extended the score to 61-48 two minutes later.

XU started to chip away, another Raymond three making it 62-57, 4:20 left in regulation.

Derrick Brown, a 6-foot-8 junior who hits three-pointers at a 46.7 percent rate, was fouled on a long-range shot but made just 1-of-3 from the charity stripe for a 64-59 score with 1:12 to go. Xavier stayed very much alive when C.J. Anderson grabbed the last miss. Jason Love got another offensive rebound but lost the ball on an offensive foul.

XU knew who to foul when Duquesne had the ball. Theis was the target since he had made just 5-of-14 from the free throw line (35.7%).

Love fouled Theis who proceeded to sink both free throws for a 66-59 lead with 46 seconds left.

Brad Redford threw, literally, a three-pointer that banked in for a 67-63 score. Aaron Jackson made two from the line for a 69-63 advantage, 16 seconds remaining.

Terrell Holloway hit a trey which A.J. answered again with a pair of one-pointers, the lead now 71-66, eight seconds to go.

Duquesne let an unguarded Holloway drive to the basket for a layup, the score 71-68 with three seconds left. Clark made 1-of-2 from the line and contested the rebound so XU couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer.

Senior Aaron Jackson paced four Dukes in double figures with 21 points. Sophomore Bill Clark tallied 18, hitting 6-of-7 and all four shots from beyond the arc. Freshman Melquan Bolding had 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Jason Duty added 10 points. Sophomore Damian Saunders had a game-high three blocks.

Notes

  • Duquesne, which missed just four shots in the first half, got its first offensive rebound when freshman Melquan Bolding skied for the caroom from sophomore Damian Saunders' three-point attempt and scored with 11:49 to go in the game.
  • Duquesne made just 3-of-8 from the foul line in the first half and was 4-of-10 for the game until there was 2:08 left to play. The Dukes made 10 of their final 12.
  • The Dukes finished the game 53.3 percent from the floor (24/45), 47.6 percent beyond the arc (10/21), and 63.6% from the charity stripe (14/22).
  • DU hit just 29.2 percent from the floor in the second half but made 78.6 percent from the all-important foul line.
  • Xavier outrebounded Duquesne, 35-28. DU had seven offensive rebounds to XU's 16. That nine rebound advantage only gave the visitors one more second chance point (8/7).
  • Both teams scored 26 points in the paint and each had 14 turnovers, the Dukes scoring 20 points from miscues to XU's 15.
  • This was Duquesne's first win over a ranked team since a 78-70 decision on Jan. 25, 1997, at No. 16 (AP) Xavier and its first win over a Top 10 team since a 91-84 victory over #10 (AP) Florida State at the Palumbo Center on Dec. 15, 1992.
  • The loss ended end the Musketeers' 11-game winning streak, a 6-game road winning streak and an 8-game A-10 winning streak. Xavier had won its first eight conference games by an average of 18 points.
  • Duquesne didn't score a field goal in final 7:44 of the game.
  • Three of Xavier's five freshman were named to the Atlantic 10 Conference's Preseason All-Rookie Team: guards Terrell Holloway and Mark Lyons and center Kenny Frease.
  • Frease left the game with an injury with 7:14 left in the first half. He didn't return.
  • Coach Ron Everhart was doused with Gatorade after the win.


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