Saint Louis Pulls Away Late to Defeat Dukes, 73-64
Jan. 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Saint Louis used a 14-1 run to pull away late and defeat Duquesne 73-64 at A.J. Palumbo Center.
Cody Ellis, who went 11-of-12 from the foul line, led four Billikens (13-5, 2-2) in double digits with 16 points.
Jerry Jones, scored a game-high 18 and added a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double in a losing effort. Derrick Colter added 13 for the Dukes (7-12, 0-5) who dropped their seventh in a row.
There were 11 ties and 17 lead changes before Ellis started the game-changing run with a jumper. Neither team led by more than four until a Dwayne Evans putback of a Kwamain Mitchell miss gave the Billikens a 61-56 lead with 2:58 left. SLU went on to score eight more unanswered points - including six from Jordair Jett - to take a 69-56 lead with 1:13 left.
Duquesne cut it to seven on a Colter 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining, but could get no closer.
"That's a great defensive team and they really stepped up their pressure," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry of the late-game run. "Those empty possessions really hurt us. We had a couple of missed threes that were open, we had a couple of turnovers, we had a missed layup ... all those little things. Our margin of error is so small and it was glaring again in this stretch."
Saint Louis, which shot 37.5 percent, including 3-of-21 from 3-point, outscored the Dukes 28-9 from the foul line.
"I thought we defended the right way," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "The kids followed through and really, really guarded hard to give us a chance to win. When you hold a team to 37 percent, you've got to clean up the glass better and you can't foul. We made more field goals than them and lost the game. When you put someone at the line 40 times and you miss 10, they beat us at our philosophy."
Duquesne, which shot 43.4 percent, went 9-of-19 from the foul line. Jerry Jones and Colter (three each) combined for six of DU's nine 3-pointers. Saint Louis outrebounded DU 40-36.
There were eight ties and seven lead changes, with neither team managing a lead of more than four, in a first half that ended with SLU up 31-30.
Duquesne did its damage from the 3-point arc early, going 4-of-9, while Saint Louis - which went 1-of-13 from 3-point - got its points inside with a 16-6 advantage in the paint.
The game remained tight until the final three minutes.
Duquesne returns to action at Dayton (11-7, 1-3) on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 4:00 p.m. The game, which will be televised regionally by CBS Sports Network, will air locally on PCNC.
The last time Duquesne opened Atlantic 10 play 0-5 was in 2005-06 (0-6) ... the last time DU lost five consecutive conference games was in 2007-08 ... DU's seven-game losing streak is its longest since 2006-07 (last eight games of the season).
Jerry Jones posted his first career double-double with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a career-high 11 rebounds ... it was Jones' first double-digit scoring game since he had 11 at Robert Morris on Dec. 15.
Freshman Derrick Colter extended his streak of double digit scoring games to 10 ... it was the seventh time in DU's past 11 games that he has hit at least three 3-pointers ... Colter was 3-of-8 from the arc.
Seven-one junior Martins Abele made his first start of the season ... it was the second of his Duquesne career, the first was against Penn State on Dec. 10, 2011.
The Dukes hit the road for back-to-back TV games Saturday at Dayton and Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Bonaventure ... both games are CBS Sports Network telecasts ... the Dayton game will air locally on PCNC and the St. Bonaventure game will be carried by ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.