Duquesne Bows to Dayton, 71-60
Jan. 15, 2005
Dayton withstood a Duquesne rally in the closing minutes to pull away for a 71-60 victory over the Dukes at the Palumbo Center. Freshmen Brian Roberts, Norman Plummer and Trent Meacham combined for 35 points to lead the Flyers, while Kieron Achara led Duquesne with 16 points. Dayton held Duquesne to 26 percent shooting in jumping out to a 35-22 halftime lead. The Dukes, who missed 13 of their first 17 shots, went 3-of-14 from the arc in the opening 20 minutes.
Dayton led by 14 with 11:57 left before Duquesne hit three 3-pointers in a 1:11 span to cut the lead to 49-42 with 10:21 to go. Jack Higgins, who finished with 10 points, scored and was fouled on a driving layup with 3:43 remaining but could not convert the free throw to make the score 57-51. Tyler Bluemling answered a pair of Norman Plummer free throws with a 3-pointer to pull the Dukes within five at 59-54 with 2:58 to go, before Dayton's Warren Williams scored on a driving layup late in the shot clock to make it a seven-point game with 2:24 left.
Duquesne turned it over on its next possession and Dayton's Marques Bennett made them pay with his only field goal of the game - a 3-pointer with 1:33 on the clock - to make the score 64-54. Duquesne would get no closer than eight the rest of the way as Dayton hit 6-of-6 free throw attempts in the final :37 to seal the victory.
Duquesne, which had one more field goal than Dayton, was outscored 25-to-11 from the foul line. The Dukes rallied to shoot 46.7 percent in the second half and finished the game at 36.8 percent. Dayton, which out rebounded DU 46-34, shot 37.7 percent for the game.
NOTES: Jack Higgins, who missed the previous three games with pneumonia, scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench ... Duquesne leading scorer, Bryant McAllister, was held to 6 points on 2-of-9 shooting before fouling out with 4:21 left ... Tyler Bluemling tied his career high with 5 assists and did not turn the ball over in 28 minutes ... in his last eight games, Bluemling has 26 assists and just 4 turnovers ... Ryan Tricco came off the bench to hand out a career-high 4 assists ... Tricco (1-5), McAllister (1-4) and Martin Osimani (0-2) were a combined 2-of-11 from the 3-point arc ... Dayton's largest lead was 14 at 2:07 of the first half and 11:57 of the second half ... Duquesne never led in the game.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "I'm disappointed. We got off to such a poor start. In the second half, we made our run and cut it to six and five and just couldn't do it. I liked the looks we had, but you've got to make the shots. Every time we made our run, Dayton had an answer. "We've been consistently inconsistent this season. That's been our biggest problem."
Duquesne sophomore center Kieron Achara: "We had opportunities, but never hit the open shots. It was a scrap. Everyone was diving on the floor. It was one of those games that could have gone either way. Unfortunately for us, it didn't go ours. We just didn't hit the shots at the end."