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Saint Joseph's Rallies to Defeat Dukes in Overtime, 84-82

 

 

Jan. 4, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - Saint Joseph's rallied from 16 points down with under 10 minutes left to defeat Duquesne 84-82 in overtime in the Atlantic 10 opener for both schools at the Palumbo Center.

Langston Galloway scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and overtime to lead five Saint Joseph's players in double figures. Carl Jones, who forced overtime with a step-back jumper with 5.4 seconds left in regulation, added 18 points for the Hawks who upped their record to 11-4. Halil Kanacevic (11-15) and Ronald Roberts (13-10) both finished with double-doubles for SJU who outrebounded Duquesne 25-11 in the second half and overtime.

T.J. McConnell scored a career-high 28 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, as Duquesne saw its three-game win streak snapped in falling to 9-6. Sean Johnson added 17 points despite going 4-of-16 from the field. Kadeem Pantophlet came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers in scoring 11 for DU.

Both teams shot well from the 3-point arc with Duquesne hitting 11-of-18 and Saint Joseph's making 9-of-18. SJU shot 58.1 percent in the second half in scoring 51 points.

"I'm real disappointed we didn't defend or rebound better in the second half," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "When you give up 50 points and let a team shoot 58 percent, that's just not good defense on our end. You have to take your hat off to Saint Joseph's, they hit some big shots."

Duquesne took its fourth 16-point lead of the second half on a pair of Mike Talley free throws with 9:48 to go before C.J. Aiken, who finished with 15 points and 9 blocks, dunked and converted a three-point play to cut it to 11. The Hawks, fueled by a pair of Galloway 3-pointers, mounted a 10-0 run to cut it to three on a pair of Aiken free throws before McConnell answered with a layup and his fifth 3-pointer to make it 69-61.

SJU battled back again to cut the lead to 74-73 on a pair of Jones free throws with 2:09 left.

Johnson hit a layup to make it a three-point game before the Hawks cut it to one again on a pair of Kanacevic free throws. Johnson hit one of two free throws with 56 seconds to go to make it a two point game. McConnell blocked a Galloway shot that was corralled by Roberts who was fouled by Jerry Jones. Roberts made the second of two free throws to make it 77-76 with 38.9 seconds left.

Johnson was then fouled with 15 seconds left and made the first of two, setting the stage for Jones' game-tying jumper. Johnson drove the length of the court and had his layup attempt smothered at the horn by Aiken.

"Sean got himself caught up under the rim at the end and that was a tough deal," said Everhart. "I thought about calling a timeout, but I liked the match-up we had."

Saint Joe's took its first lead since the 17:46 mark of the first half on a Roberts dunk to open overtime. Duquesne tied it twice, the last on a Mamadou Datt put-back with 1:56 left. Aiken's basket with 1:32 left proved to be the gamewinner as Eric Evans' contested floater in the lane with two seconds left was off the mark.

Duquesne hit four of its first five 3-point attempts - with McConnell nailing two - in jumping out to a 14-8 lead. DU took its first double-digit lead on a Pantophlet put back with 10:09 left in the half and McConnell pushed the advantage to 14 with another 3-pointer at the 4:44 mark. DU forced 10 Hawks turnovers and went 7-of-11 from the 3-point arc in the half that ended with the Dukes up 40-27.

McConnell tied his career-high with four 3-pointers in scoring 19 points in the first half.

Duquesne completes a four-game homestand against Atlantic 10 opponent St. Bonaventure (8-5, 1-0) at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.

NOTES

• The Dukes are 18-17 in Atlantic 10 openers, including a 3-3 mark under Ron Everhart ... DU is 12-6 when opening the A-10 season at home.

• McConnell's previous career high was 20 on three occasions, the last of which was Dec. 28 vs. Bowling Green ... he set his previous career high for 3-pointers made (4) against the Falcons ... in his past three games, McConnell is 9-of-13 from the arc.

• DU opened with its sixth different starting lineup in its past six games: Jones, Datt, Johnson, Evans & McConnell.

• Duquesne was without second-leading scorer and leading rebounder B.J. Monteiro (15.2, 5.7) ... Monteiro could miss up to three more games while recovering from an injury suffered in an off-the-court incident on New Year's Eve ... Monteiro, who became DU's 35th 1,000-point scorer in the Dec. 31 win over Houston Baptist, saw a streak off 77 consecutive games played snapped.

 

 

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