Dukes Down No. 19 (AP) Temple 78-66
Jan. 15, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne jumped out to a 19-1 lead and was never threatened the rest of the way in extending its winning streak to six with a 78-66 win over No. 19 (AP) Temple at the Palumbo Center.
The Dukes (11-5, 3-0) held the Owls (12-4, 3-1) to 30.9 percent shooting in posting their first win over a ranked Temple team since 1956.
Bill Clark, who was coming off a season low-tying five points in Wednesday's win over Saint Louis, led the Dukes with a game-high 22 points. Eric Evans had 13, Mike Talley 11 and Damian Saunders added 10 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals as DU posted its largest margin of victory over the Owls since an 88-61 win on Jan. 13, 1992. B.J. Monteiro had eight of his career high-tying 10 rebounds in the first half.
Ramone Moore was the lone Temple player in double digits with 18.
"This was a great win for our program and a great win for our kids," said Everhart who is now 2-1 against ranked teams - and 2-0 vs. ranked A-10 teams - at the Palumbo Center. "Our guys played with a lot of character. I thought our chemistry was good all the way around."
Duquesne, which hit its first five shots, including four 3-pointers, in jumping out to a 16-1 lead, led 19-1 7:25 into the game. The Dukes were up 24-6 before Scootie Randall hit Temple's first field goal, a 3-pointer with 8:16 left in the half. Juan Fernandez, who came off the bench after missing the two previous games with a knee injury, followed with another 3-pointer cut DU's lead, which reached as high as 20, to 24-12 with eight minutes left. Temple to cut it to 10 with 4:43 to go before Duquesne closed out the half with a 12-5 run for a 40-23 lead.
The Owls missed their first 14 shots and the Dukes did not miss until Clark misfired on a 3-pointer at the 14:38 mark.
Temple scored the first six points of the second half to cut it to 11, but would get no closer the rest of the way. Monteiro, who tied his season high with four assists, found his former high school teammate Saunders for a pair of alley-oop dunks after the Owls had pulled within 12 with 7:19 and 6:16 left.
The second Saunders slam was Duquesne's final field goal as Temple tried to extend the game by fouling. Duquesne went 14-of-18 from the foul line over the final 5:45 to close out the victory.
"B.J. [Monteiro] was tremendous and Bill [Clark] was great," said Everhart. "I thought everybody played their role and played it well."
Duquesne, which entered the game averaging 14.2 turnovers per game, had 13 in the first half and 19 for the game. Temple turned it over 16 times.
The Dukes, who shot 66.7 percent in the first half, finished at 47.7 percent.
Duquesne will be looking for the first 4-0 conference start in school history at La Salle on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
Ron Everhart is now 2-1 against ranked teams at the Palumbo Center ... prior to Everhart's arrival, Duquesne was 2-15 against ranked opponents at its on-campus facility which opened its doors in December of 1988.
Duquesne ended a streak of 12 consecutive losses to ranked Temple teams dating back to a 66-64 win over the No. 10 (AP) Owls on Feb. 25, 1956 ... DU entered the game 1-13 against ranked Temple teams.
Duquesne is now 3-32 all time against ranked Atlantic 10 conference opponents ... Ron Everhart's Dukes own two of the three wins (72-68 over No. 9 Xavier on Feb. 7, 2009 was the other) ... with the win, DU has now won its past two home games vs. ranked A-10 opponents.
This is the fifth win streak of five or more games posted by Ron Everhart's Duquesne teams in his five seasons as head coach ... Everhart's teams now own five of the 11 longest win streaks posted by DU teams since 1969-70 ... the current six-game streak is the longest since Everhart's 2008-09 Dukes won seven in a row on their way to an NIT bid.
This is the second time DU has opened conference play with three-straight wins with both coming under Everhart ... the 2008-09 NIT Dukes also opened 3-0 ... the Dukes will try for the first 4-0 conference start in school history on Wednesday at La Salle.
Duquesne is 12-1 in afternoon games (tip prior to 6:00 p.m.) over the past two seasons (9-1 last year and 3-0 this year).
All 11 of Duquesne's wins have come by double-digit margins.
With his nine rebounds senior Damian Saunders passed Derrick Alston to move into the No. 5 spot on DU's all-time rebounding list ... Saunders, who has 887 boards, needs seven to pass Lionel Billingy (893 in three seasons from 1972-74) and claim the No. 4 spot.
Duquesne is 5-0 in the month of January for the first time since 1971 ... the `71 NCAA Tournament Dukes (21-4), in the midst of a 15-game win streak, went 14-0 to start the New Year (they won their final game in December, went 7-0 in January and won their first seven in February for a total win streak of 15 games).