Bolding Bucket Beats Bonnies

Jan. 23, 2010

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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.

• It was the first time this season Duquesne started a lineup of B.J. Monteiro, Bill Clark, Damian Saunders, Melquan Bolding and Eric Evans.

• 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.




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