#DUQMBB Battles #19 (AP) Saint Louis to Wire in 76-72 Defeat

Jan. 22, 2014

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PITTSBURGH - Austin McBroom's 3-pointer with 50 seconds left proved to be the difference as No. 19 (AP) Saint Louis pulled away in the final minute to defeat Duquesne, 76-72, at Palumbo Center.

The win was the 12th in a row for the Billikens (18-2, 5-0) who had five double-digit scorers led by Mike McCall Jr.'s 13.

Duquesne (8-9, 1-5), which was up 72-70 with 57 seconds left, was led by Ovie Soko's game high 18 points. Micah Mason and Dominique McKoy added 15 each for the Dukes who missed four shots with the game on the line in the final minute.

The game was tied at 70-70 when Soko blocked a driving shot by SLU's Jordair Jett. Soko pushed the ball ahead to Jeremiah Jones who was fouled and hit both free throws to make it 72-70 with 57 seconds left.

Jett, who finished with 10 points and 11 assists, found McBroom on the right wing and the sophomore guard buried his third 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Billikens a 73-72 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Soko missed a driving layup and McKoy couldn't convert a tip before Rob Loe rebounded and was fouled. Loe missed the front end of a one-and-one, and the Dukes rebounded. McKoy found a lane, but missed a driving reverse layup before McCall was fouled.

McCall made both to make it a three-point game with 13.7 left.

Following a timeout, the Dukes were able to get the ball to Mason - who had hit five of his first six 3-pointers - in the corner with five seconds left. Mason's shot was off the mark and SLU's Jake Barnett rebounded and hit one of two free throws for the final margin.

"We worked for two days on how to defend these guys and how to play offense against these guys and score against them - which nobody in the country has been able to do," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "Our guys executed great, all the way down to the end. We had a couple of missed layups at the end of the game, but we got the executed shot we were trying to get."

Duquesne, which finished at .500, was the first team to shoot above .480 against the Billikens who entered the game ranked 14th nationally in field goal percentage defense at .381.

The Dukes' 72 points were the most surrendered by SLU, who entered the game giving up just 57.3 points per game.

"We had to work really, really hard to do what we did today," said Ferry. "They're a great defensive team and it showed down the stretch. That will give them a chance to win every single game."

Duquesne assisted on its first eight field goals - and hit four of its first five 3-point attempts - in taking a 22-19 lead.

The Dukes, who shot .520 in the opening 20 minutes, built the lead to 36-28 on a Mason 3-pointer with just over three minutes left in the half. SLU answered with six-straight points to make it 36-34 at the horn.

DU matched the eight-point lead, which was the largest by either team, with 15:49 left.

Duquesne hosts St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by SNY and will also be streamed live by CampusInsiders.com.

• There were six ties and 19 lead changes in the game.

• Duquesne's starting backcourt of Derrick Colter (7) and Micah Mason (6) combined for 13 assists with just three turnovers ... the Dukes assisted on 17 of 24 field goals.

• The previous opponent scoring high against Saint Louis was 70 by Wichita State in a 70-65 win on Dec. 1 ... the previous best shooting game against SLU was .480 by Indiana State in an 83-66 loss on Dec. 18.

• Duquesne went 8-of-15 (.533) from the 3-point arc ... Mason led the way with a 5-of-7 performance ... it was his fourth career game with five 3-pointers (second this season).

• Duquesne hosts St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by SNY and will also be streamed live by CampusInsiders.com.




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