Dukes Win A-10 Opener in 2OT, 94-93
Jan. 5, 2005
Chauncey Duke's driving layup with five seconds left in the second overtime gave Duquesne a dramatic 94-93 win over Dayton at UD Arena. The Duquesne win, in addition to snapping a 16-game Dayton series win streak, was the Dukes' first victory at UD since Feb. 1, 1983.
Bryant McAllister led Duquesne with a game-high 26 points. Kieron Achara, who capped a 15-4 Duquesne run to tie the game with a dunk at the end of regulation, finished with a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Duquesne, down 70-59 with 2:05 left, held Dayton without a field goal over the final 2:22 of regulation as Achara and Tyler Bluemling, who scored 10 points off the bench, combined to score 10 of Duquesne's next 15 points.
Dayton's Brian Roberts missed a pair of free throws with nine seconds left, the second of which was rebounded by Achara. Martin Osimani advanced the ball to the frontcourt to Bluemling who found a streaking Achara cutting to the basket for a dunk to tie the score at 74-74 with :02.9 seconds left.
Duquesne jumped out to an 81-76 lead in the first overtime but couldn't hold on as Monty Scott, who finished with 25 points, scored seven over the next 2:50 to give Dayton an 85-83 lead with :44 left.
McAllister answered with a 15-foot runner in the lane to tie the score with :10.7 seconds left to force a second overtime.
After three lead changes, Dayton took a 93-90 lead on a layup by Nick Stafford with 1:39 on the clock. McAllister, who missed a pair of free throws with the Dukes down 91-90, responded by hitting two free throws with 1:28 left to cut the lead to one.
Dayton's Mark Jones, who entered the game shooting 86 percent from the foul line, missed a pair of free throws with :32 on the clock setting up Duquesne's final possession.
After McAllister had the ball knocked away twice, Bluemling inbounded the ball with :07.1 seconds left. Bluemling found a cutting Duke 10 feet from the basket. Duke spun, drove to the hoop and dropped in a layup at the :05 mark.
Dayton inbounded the ball and raced upcourt where Nick Stafford's layup attempt was partially blocked by Duke and rebounded by Achara as time expired.
Duquesne, which shot 44.9 percent from the field, turned it over just 12 times. Dayton shot 46 percent from the field while turning it over 17 times. Duquesne enjoyed a 22-12 edge in points off turnovers and outscored the Flyers 38-30 in the paint.
Duquesne (4-10, 1-0) next takes on nationally ranked George Washington (9-2, 1-0) on Saturday, January 6th at 7:05 p.m. at the Palumbo Center on DU's campus.