Hot Shooting Richmond Downs Dukes, 80-68
Jan. 6, 2010
PITTSBURGH - David Gonzalvez scored a game-high 19 points and Kevin Anderson scored 16 of his 18 in the second half as Richmond continued its mastery of Duquesne with a 80-68 win at the Palumbo Center in the Atlantic 10 opener for both schools.
The win was Richmond's 13th in a row over the Dukes, who have yet to beat UR since the Spiders joined the A-10 prior to the 2001-02 season.
Richmond (12-4, 1-0), winner of five of its past six, held Duquesne to .358 shooting including 3-of-20 from the 3-point arc in ending the Dukes Palumbo Center win streak at seven. The Spiders, led by Gonzalvez' five 3-pointers, went 13-of-26 from the arc.
Bill Clark led Duquesne with 18 points. Damian Saunders added his nation-leading 12th double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Saunders had five of his career high-tying five steals in the opening 20 minutes.
There were four ties and five lead changes in a first half that ended with Duquesne up 36-33.
Neither team led by more than five in the second half until a Gonzalvez 3-pointer with 8:20 to go put Richmond up six. The Richmond lead reached 10 when Anderson drilled a 3-pointer to make it 64-54 with 5:59 left. Duquesne would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
"I'm disappointed we didn't play a little more efficiently," said Duquesne coach Ron Everhart. "We weren't the most intelligent team in the second half. We made some mistakes with the ball, and defensively we allowed Anderson to get in the paint and get the ball to open guys. When he is able to do that, he is very effective."
Richmond finished at .491 from the field in becoming just the third team to shoot over 40 percent against the Dukes this season. DU entered the game holding opponents to .374.
Duquesne heads to Dayton to face the Atlantic 10 preseason favorite Flyers (11-3) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by CBS College Sports (will air locally on The Comcast Network).
Damian Saunders posted his nation-leading 12th double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds ... his 12 double-doubles are the most by a Duquesne player since Derrick Alston had 12 in 1992-93 (Duquesne's lone season as a member of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference) ... all of Saunders' 19 career double-doubles have come in his past 46 games ... Saunders, who entered the game ranked second nationally in rebounds and eighth in both steals and blocks added three blocks and a career high-tying six steals ... Saunders had five steals in the first half.
B.J. Monteiro had a career-high nine rebounds, bettering his previous best of eight done three times this season.
Melquan Bolding, who missed the previous 13 games with a fractured wrist, scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes off the bench ... it was his first game since the opener vs. Nicholls State on Nov. 13.
The loss ended a seven-game Palumbo Center win streak for Duquesne.
DU's last win over Richmond was on Nov. 28, 1994 at the Palumbo Center (55-51).
Richmond remains the lone Atlantic 10 school fourth-year Duquesne coach Ron Everhart has yet to defeat.
Richmond entered the game with an RPI of 24, Duquesne's was 89.