Rhode Island Pulls Away Late to Defeat Duquesne, 75-67
Jan. 20, 2010
KINGSTON, RI - Keith Cothran scored a game-high 23 points and Rhode Island scored the last nine points of the game to pull away for a 75-67 win over visiting Duquesne.
Damian Saunders had his nation-leading 15th double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Duquesne which dropped its fifth consecutive game. Eric Evans added 16 and B.J. Monteiro had 11 for the Dukes who are now 9-9 overall and 0-4 in the Atlantic 10.
Rhode Island, which finished with five double-digit scorers moved to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in the A-10.
Duquesne took a 67-66 lead when Monteiro hit one of two free throws with 1:38 to go. Akeem Richmond started URI's game-closing run with a deep 3-pointer. Evans missed a shot with 59 seconds left, before Delroy James drove to the bucket, scored, and was sent to the line when a block was called on DU's Melquan Bolding. James missed the free throw, but URI retained possession when the Dukes couldn't corral the rebound. Cothran then scored to up the lead to six. Marquis Jones added a pair of free throws with five seconds left for the final margin.
"I know its getting old, but we're fighting to the end," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart of the Dukes who were coming off back-to-back overtime losses. "We just didn't execute down the stretch. We had two bad offensive possessions. That said, we had two very good defensive possessions but didn't come away with the basketball. We had our chances."
There were a total of nine ties and six lead changes in the second half which saw neither team lead by more than four from the 16:20 mark until the game's final minute.
Rhode Island, which led by 10 in the first half, shot 44.4 percent. Duquesne, which had one fewer field goal than the Rams, finished at 45.8 percent.
Duquesne committed 15 of its 19 turnovers in falling behind 35-29 at the half. DU battled back to take its first lead since the game's opening minute on an Evans bucket with 12:54 to go.
DU went 3-of-16 from the 3-point arc and 10-of-19 from the foul line. The Dukes missed half of their 14 second half free throws.
Duquesne returns home to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 7:00.
Damian Saunders posted his nation-leading 15th double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds ... his 15 double-doubles are the most by a Duquesne player since Bruce Atkins had 16 in 1981-82 ... all of Saunders' 22 career double-doubles have come in his past 49 games ... Saunders has now posted double-doubles in nine-straight games.
Junior G/F Bill Clark's streak of 81 consecutive games played (every game of his DU career) was snapped when he held out of the game due to secondary violation of NCAA rules ... Clark, who is Duquesne's second-leading scorer and rebounder (14.1, 6.5) had started 51 consecutive games.
Duquesne has had its complete roster intact for two games this season ... B.J. Monteiro missed the opener due to suspension ... Melquan Bolding missed the next 13 with a wrist fracture ... Bolding came back after one practice for the Richmond game - DU's first with all 15 players ... the team was intact for the overtime loss at Dayton, then Bolding came down with strep throat that limited him to five minutes in the double-overtime loss to Saint Louis ... Clark missed the Rhode Island game.