Bolding Bucket Beats Bonnies
Jan. 23, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Melquan Bolding buried a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.4 seconds left as Duquesne ended a five-game losing streak with a 70-69 win over visiting St. Bonaventure.
Damian Saunders, who found Bolding open in the corner for the winning shot, and Eric Evans led four Duquesne (10-9, 1-4) players in double figures with 15 points each. Bolding finished with 14 and Bill Clark added 10.
Andrew Nicholson led St. Bonaventure (9-9, 2-3), which rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit, with 29 points.
The Bonnies took their first lead at 64-63 on a Nicholson putback with 3:24 remaining. Nicholson scored again to give SBU a three-point lead a minute later.
Malcolm Eleby hit a pair of free throws with 1:13 left to make it 68-64, before Saunders, who entered the game shooting 50 percent from the line, answered with a pair of free throws to make it a two-point game with a minute remaining.
Bill Clark drew a charge from Michael Davenport to give Duquesne possession down two, before Saunders was fouled on a drive and made one of two free throws with 21.9 seconds left.
Eleby was quickly fouled and made the second of two free throws to make it 69-67.
Saunders then drove the left side of the lane and whipped a left-handed pass to an open Bolding in the right corner. Bolding's 3-pointer was Duquesne's first field goal since his jumper at the 12:45 mark.
St. Bonaventure was unable to get of a shot as time expired.
"The play was for Damian to get to the rim or get fouled," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "He drove and found Mel with a great pass. Mel needed to have a game like this for his confidence."
Duquesne, playing with a sense of urgency, hit six of its first eight shots in jumping out to a 14-2 lead. The Dukes hit six 3-pointers - their most in a game since their last win over Saint Francis, Pa. on Dec. 22 - in building a 43-28 halftime lead.
Chris Matthews, who finished with 14 points, hit three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half to pull the Bonnies within single digits.
Neither team led by more than three from the 10:54 mark until Eleby's second free throw with 1:13 to go.
Duquesne, which was 5-of-22 from the field in the second half, finished at 40.4 percent, while St. Bonaventure, which shot 53.6 percent in the second half, finished at 46.2 percent.
Duquesne went 20-of-33 from the foul line, including 15-of-24 in the second half.
Saunders, who entered the game leading the nation with 15 double-doubles, saw his streak of consecutive double-double games snapped at nine.
Duquesne returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 28 at Xavier. The game will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports.
Damian Saunders' streak of nine consecutive games with a double-double was snapped ... Saunders entered the game leading the nation in double-doubles with 15.
Duquesne's six first half 3-pointers (6-of-10) - by four different players - were its most in a game since the Dec. 22 win over Saint Francis, Pa. (8-of-20) ... DU finished 8-of-20 from the arc.