Dukes Drop A-10 Opener, 82-75 at Fordham
Jan. 9, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - Chris Gaston had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Branden Frazier added 16 points and 13 assists as Fordham (5-11, 1-0) shot 53.1 percent in defeating Duquesne (7-8, 0-1) 82-75 in the Atlantic 10 opener for both schools at Rose Hill Gym.
The loss was the third in a row for the Dukes who dropped to 1-6 on the road. Derrick Colter led Duquesne with 17 points and 9 assists in 33 turnover-free minutes. Kadeem Pantophlet added 13 for the Dukes who were outrebounded 49-34.
"In the first half we couldn't guard them," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "In the second we got stops and couldn't score. When a team shoots 53 percent and gets 14 offensive rebounds, its going to be a long night."
Fordham, which shot 57.1 percent in the first half, jumped out to a seven point lead with 9:25 left before Marvin Binney, who scored all seven of his points in a two-minute span, hit a 3-pointer to pull the Dukes within four. DU took a 35-32 lead on a Quevyn Winters 3-pointer before the Rams answered with a 9-0 run, fueled by four points by Gaston, to push the lead back to seven. DU cut it to three on a Winters three-point play only to see Fordham close the half with a 6-3 run to make it 47-41.
Fordham scored the first four points of the second half to go up 10. The Dukes pulled within five twice and four briefly on a Johnson bucket with 13:38 left, before Mandell Thomas scored five consecutive points to make it a nine-point game.
DU cut it to five again on a Pantophlet layup with 5:57 to go to force a Fordham timeout.
Gaston then hit a foul line jumper and Bryan Smith followed with a 3-pointer to give the Rams a 77-67 lead.
Duquesne would get no closer than five the rest of the way.
"We've got to continue to fight and work to get better," said Ferry. "You have to defend and rebound and we're not defending and rebounding. We have to do those two things and right now we're not."
Duquesne returns home to face Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 home opener on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. The game against the Hawks will be the Dukes' annual "red out."
The loss, which ended a four-game Duquesne series winning streak, was DU's fourth in a row on the road.
With his 12 points against Fordham, Sean Johnson passed Jim Tucker (1,091 from 1952-54) and Moe Barr (1,094 from 1967-69) and moved into a tie with Kevin Forney (1,099 from 2000-03) for 29th on Duquesne's all-time scoring list.
Sophomore forward Mamadou Datt, who sat out the first semester to concentrate on academics, made his 2012-13 debut ... the 6-9 sophomore contributed four points and four rebounds in 10 minutes.
Duquesne finished with 16 assists and a season-low 5 turnovers.
Fordham, which outscored Duquesne 44-28 in the paint, blocked 13 DU shots ... Gaston led the way with four rejections.