Dukes Edged By Dayton, 77-72
Jan. 11, 2003
Dayton, Ohio -- - Down 15 points at the break and by as much as 20 in second half, the visiting Duquesne Dukes (7-9, 1-2) charged back in the closing stanza on hot three-point shooting to grab a 72-71 lead before Dayton (10-3, 2-0) was able to edge out a 77-72 win at the UD Arena Saturday afternoon.
Senior Kevin Forney and junior Jimmy Tricco matched their career highs of 22 and 20 points respectively to pace the Dukes. Forney, who also hit 22 points in Sunday's game at Saint Joseph's, was 9-for-12 from the field, had four rebounds, dished out two assists and grabbed two steals. He also was perfect (3-3) from the charity stripe.
The Dukes, who trailed 34-19 at the half, saw the Dayton lead balloon to 52-32 on a Sean Finn lay-up with 12:47 left in the game. Dayton led by 19 with 9:15 to go, before Duquesne went on a 3-point shooting barrage to cut the gap.
Tricco, who scored all of his career-tying 20 points in the second half, hit five of DU's seven 3-pointers over the next 7:23 to get the Dukes back in the game. The Gonzaga transfer, who finished the game 6-of-8 from behind the arc, pulled DU to within one at 71-70 on his final 3-pointer of the game with 1:52 left. Following a Dayton turnover, Forney hit a short baseline jumper to give the Dukes their only lead of the game at 72-71 with 1:01 to go.
Dayton's Nate Green then hit two free throws to give the Flyers a 73-72 edge before Brooks Hall blocked a Tricco field goal attempt in the lane with 28 seconds left. Ramod Marshall, who was fouled while recovering the blocked shot, hit a pair of free throws at the 26 second mark to give Dayton a three-point lead. On Duquesne's next possession, Marshall poked the ball away from a driving Tricco with seven seconds left. Green came up with the ball, was fouled, and made both free throws for the final margin.
Mark Jones led Dayton with 19 points. Green added 15 for the Flyers who shot 52.9 percent from the field. The Dukes, who went 0-of-4 from the 3-point arc in the first half, hit 9-of-16 3-point attempts in the second half and, with the stronger second half shooting, made 44.8 percent of their shots from the floor.
Duquesne returns home to face Richmond (8-5, 2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4:00 p.m. The Richmond game, in addition to being aired over KQV-AM (1410) and the internet (RedZoneMedia.com), will also be televised as part of the Atlantic 10 package. A-10 TV games may be seen locally on Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. This is Foam Finger Game #2. "Duquesne No. 1" foam fingers, sponsored by Stargate, will be given to the first 500 fans in attendance.
Please note that the tip time for the Jan. 18 game vs. Richmond is 4:00 p.m. (EST). Some previously released schedules may list the start time as 12 noon. The game was moved to accomodate Atlantic 10 Television.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: