Dukes Hold Off Minutemen, 91-81

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Freshman Melquan Bolding led five Dukes in double figures and added a career-high 13 rebounds to lead seventh-seeded Duquesne to a 91-81 win over tenth-seeded Massachusetts in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

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Aaron Jackson added 18 points and seven assists and Bill Clark had 16 points, five assists and four steals for the Dukes. Freshman Eric Evans scored all of his 14 points in 12 second-half minutes, including a big four-point play that put the Dukes up 73-66 with 5:22 left.

UMass, which rallied from an early 19-point deficit to cut the Duquesne lead to 42-41 at the half, would get no closer than five the rest of the way as Bolding and Evans combined to score 15 of the Dukes' final 22 points.

Massachusetts, which got 23 points from Chris Lowe and 22 from Anthony Gurley, took its first lead of the game on a Luke Bonner tip-in with 15:49 to go.

There were a total of eight ties and six lead changes in the second half before Duquesne took the lead for good on a Clark layup with 8:42 remaining.

UMass missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer and tip-in before Evans converted his four-point play.

Duquesne, which jumped out to a 31-12 lead, shot .509 for the game. Bolding and Jason Duty (three each) combined for six of DU's 11 3-pointers. UMass shot .434 for the game including 8-of-34 from the 3-point arc. The Dukes outscored the Minutemen 24-7 from the foul line.

NOTES

  • Melquan Bolding's 13 rebounds were one shy of the Atlantic 10 Championship freshman record of 14 set by George Washington's Yinka Dare vs. Rhode Island in 1993
  • This was DU's second A-10 Championship win since 1995 and first since 2004
  • It was also the first A-10 Championship win in three tries for third-year Duquesne coach Ron Everhart


Posted on DuquesneSports.net, 4/2/09


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