Billikens Lose Final A-10 Road Game

Pittsburgh, Pa. - In a battle between teams tied for fifth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Duquesne's Aaron Jackson scored the Dukes' last 11 points as Duquesne registered a 70-68 victory against Saint Louis at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

The Dukes scored the first four points of the game until a Kwamain Mitchell drive put the Billikens on the board. On SLU's next possession, he drove the lane again to pull the Billikens to 6-4.

A Kevin Lisch 3-pointer handed the Billikens their first lead 7-6 at the 14:40 mark. The Dukes answered with six straight points to retake the lead, until a Brian Conklin layup ended the Duquense run. Tommie Liddell III hit an acrobatic shot in the lane at the 8:56 mark to pull SLU to within one 14-13.

The Dukes hit their first 3-pointer of the evening as part of a 5-0 run and inched out to a 21-16 advantage. Duquesne led 23-16 before the Billikens went on a 6-0 run. Lisch sank a 3-pointer and then hit one free throw.

A Liddell jumper from the left wing cut the deficit to 23-22 with 2:34 left in the first half. The Dukes led 27-22 but the Billikens scored the last five points of the period. Lisch was left wide open on the left side for a trey, and a Mitchell hoop tied the game 27-27 at intermission.

The teams traded 3-pointers to start the second half, with the Billikens taking a 36-35 lead on an Eberhardt jumper. The Dukes hit their third 3-pointer early in the second half to push ahead by two and took a 44-40 lead after eight minutes of action. Another 3-pointer handed the Dukes a seven-point lead, but Lisch answered with his fourth shot from beyond the arc.

Duquense led 50-43, but the Billikens tallied seven consecutive points, capped by a three-point play by Willie Reed, to forge a 50-50 tie with just under nine minutes to play. Eberhardt's jumper in the paint gave the Billikens a 54-52 lead with 5:55 to play in the contest.

Mitchell fed Eberhardt for an easy layup as SLU pushed to a 56-52 margin. Conklin took a charge, and Mitchell's jumper built the Billiken lead to 58-52 with 4:35 remaining in the game.

Lisch hit two free throws for a 60-53 lead, but another 3-pointer by Bill Clark drew the Dukes to 60-56 with 3:58 left. Lisch drilled a trey for a 64-59 SLU lead with 2:49 left, but the Dukes scored five straight to tie the contest 64-64 on an Aaron Jackson bucket a the 1:40 mark.

Eberhardt hit one free throw for a 65-64 SLU lead with 1:23 left. Jackson sank two charity tosses at the 1:06 mark to give Duquesne a 66-65 lead, and after a Billiken miss, he hit both ends of a one-and-one for a 68-65 lead with 21.8 seconds to play.

The Billikens fall to 17-12, 8-7 in the A-10, while the Dukes move to 18-10, 9-6 in the league.

The Billikens close out the regular season this Saturday, March 7, when La Salle visits for a 7 p.m. tip on Senior Day.

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