Dukes Back on Track with 78-71 Victory at Rhode Island
Jan. 14, 2012
KINGSTON, R.I. - T.J. McConnell had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead five Duquesne players in double figures in a 78-71 Atlantic 10 win at Rhode Island.
The win, DU's first at Ryan Center since 2004, upped the Dukes record to 11-7 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Rhode Island, which had defeated Duquesne three-straight times at home, dropped to 3-15 and 0-3.
Jonathan Holton led Rhode Island with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Duquesne, which never trailed in the second half, led 52-50 with 11:12 left before Talley - who scored 11 in 13 second half minutes - scored on a layup and 3-pointer, both off passes from McConnell, to give the Dukes a seven point advantage. Rhody cut it to five twice in the next two minutes before Talley gave DU an eight-point cushion on a 3-pointer with 7:04 to go.
Monteiro, who missed Duquesne's previous three games while recovering from off the court injuries suffered on Dec. 31, put the Dukes up 10 on a layup with 3:13 to go.
"We had a lot of efficient possessions ... especially late," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart of the Dukes who hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final three minutes. "I liked the fact that we had five players in double figures and I really liked our effort."
Duquesne, despite its late-game accuracy, struggled from the free throw line hitting just 19-of-33 overall. The Dukes outscored the Rams 22-2 in fast break points.
There were five ties and seven lead changes in a first half that ended with Duquesne up 41-39. Rhode Island led 27-20 with 8:15 left before the Dukes went on a 19-6 run to take a 39-33 lead on an Eric Evans layup at the 3:08 mark. URI cut it to two on a Billy Baron 3-pointer with 21 seconds left.
Duquesne, which turned it over seven times in the first 10:33, finished with 14 turnovers. DU turned 17 URI turnovers into 27 points.
The Dukes outshot the Rams 49.1 percent to 40.6 percent.
Duquesne returns home to face Massachusetts on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
The win ended a three-game Duquesne losing streak at Ryan Center ... DU's last win at URI was on Jan. 21, 2004 when Danny Nee's Dukes defeated the Rams 72-55 ... this was head coach Ron Everhart's first regular-season win over the Rams (2-5) ... the other victory came in the second round of the 2009 Atlantic 10 Championship (78-74) at Atlantic City, N.J.
Duquesne has now followed four of the five worst losses under sixth-year head coach Ron Everhart with wins - two of which have come on the road ... DU's 28-point loss at Xavier on Wednesday (50-78) was the fifth-worst loss the Dukes have suffered under Everhart.
T.J. McConnell was two rebounds and two assists shy of posting his second career triple-double (16-8-8) ... the sophomore guard added 2 steals in 36 minutes.
Duquesne is 13-1 all time (3-1 this season) when Mike Talley scores in double figures.... Talley's 13 points were his most since his season high 16 at Western Michigan on Dec. 17.
Second-leading scorer and leading rebounder B.J. Monteiro, who missed the previous three games after being injured in an off-the-court incident on New Year's Eve, made his return ... Monteiro, a Waterbury, Conn. native who was playing before a large contingent of family and friends, finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals in 29 minutes off the bench.