Dukes Fall to Dayton in Overtime, 78-72
Jan. 9, 2010
DAYTON, OHIO - Dayton scored the first seven points of overtime to extend its home winning streak to 29 with a 78-72 win over Duquesne at University of Dayton Arena.
Chris Johnson led the Flyers (12-3, 1-0) with 26 points and 20 rebounds.
Duquesne (9-7, 0-2) was led by Damian Saunders, who posted his nation-leading 13th double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Duquesne's Jason Duty, who scored a season-high 12 points, had a chance to win the game in regulation after drawing a three-shot foul with the Dukes down 63-62 with 3.5 seconds left. Duty, an 80.3 percent career free throw shooter, made the first, missed the second and rimmed out the third following a Dayton timeout.
Marcus Johnson opened the overtime with a 3-pointer and Chris Johnson hit a lay up and follow dunk to give the Flyers a lead they would not relinquish.
Duquesne hit just one of its first four shots and missed a pair of free throws in the first four minutes of overtime.
"The game should have never come down to that [Duty's free throws]," said Duquesne coach Ron Everhart. "We didn't block out on free throws and we didn't make layups ... that's what beat us."
Dayton, which went 26-of-40 from the foul line, rebounded four of its misses in the last seven minutes of regulation.
Chris Wright, despite being held to 4-of-13 shooting, added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Flyers.
Sean Johnson scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and Melquan Bolding, in his second game back from the wrist fracture, scored 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and a career high-tying four assists for Duquesne.
Duquesne, which had three more field goals than Dayton, was outscored 26-15 from the foul line as the Dukes were whistled for a season-high 29 fouls.
Duquesne jumped out to a 20-9 lead, only to see Dayton battle back to take a 36-31 lead at the half. Dayton led by seven in the early moments of the second half. Neither team led by more than three over the final 11:40 of regulation.
There were a total of six ties and six lead changes in the second half. Duquesne held Dayton to .333 shooting in the second half and .383 for the game.
Duquesne, which outscored Dayton in the paint (34-26), off turnovers (19-9) and on fast breaks (21-12) shot .377.
It was the school record-tying fourth overtime game of the season for the Dukes.
Duquesne returns to action at home versus Saint Louis on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
This was the school record-tying fourth overtime game of the season for the Dukes (2-2) ... the last time Duquesne played four overtime games was during the 1993-94 season ... DU also played four overtime games in 1990-91 and 1976-77.
Damian Saunders posted his nation-leading 13th double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds ... his 13 double-doubles are the most by a Duquesne player since Bruce Atkins had 16 in 1981-82 ... all of Saunders' 20 career double-doubles have come in his past 47 games ... Saunders entered the game leading the nation in rebounding as well.
Seven-foot Kentucky transfer Morakinyo Williams set new career highs for rebounds (6), assists (2) and minutes (23).
Freshman Sean Johnson came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points in the second half ... Johnson is averaging 14.3 ppg. in his past three games.
Melquan Bolding, in his second game back after missing the previous 13 with a fractured wrist, scored 11 of his 13 points after the half ... Bolding added eight rebounds and a career high-tying four assists in 36 minutes off the bench ... Bolding teamed with Sean Johnson to give the Dukes a season-high 27 bench points.
The win was the 29th in a row for Dayton, which entered the game tied for the fourth-longest home win streak in the country. Duquesne is 2-3 at UD Arena in its past five appearances.