Dayton Downs Cold-Shooting Dukes, 72-56
Jan. 26, 2013
DAYTON, OHIO - Josh Benson led five Dayton players in double figures with 17 points as the Flyers held Duquesne to 33.3 percent shooting in a 72-56 win at UD Arena.
Winters scored 11 consecutive points - including a pair of 3-pointers, a dunk and a three-point play - to give the Dukes an early 20-13 lead, before the Flyers answered with a 17-4 run to take a 30-24 lead at the half. Duquesne, which led from the 16:24 to the 3:11 mark, missed eight of its last nine shots of the half.
Seven Dayton players scored during the run.
DU missed eight consecutive 3-point attempts dating back to the first half before Binney hit one at the 9:25 mark to make it 49-35. Binney, who scored 11 of his 13 in the second half, added another three and Winters cut it to 10 with yet another 3-pointer with 7:51 left.
Dayton answered with buckets from Dyshawn Pierre, who finished with 13, and a three-point play from Jalen Robinson (10 points) to build the lead back to 15.
UD maintained at least a 12 point lead the rest of the way.
"It felt like we didn't score the rest of the game," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry referring to DU's 20-13 lead. "How many open shots and layups did we have? We played hard enough and defended well, but when you keep missing so many easy shots it puts so much pressure on your defense. When you're missing shots like that, it just breaks your back."
The inside tandem of Benson and Pierre combined for 23 second-half points for the Flyers. Dayton, which shot 45.3 percent, outrebounded the Dukes 42-31. UD turned 14 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points.
Duquesne will be idle until Saturday, Feb. 2 when it heads to Olean, N.Y. to face St. Bonaventure (9-10, 2-4) at 4:00 p.m. The game, which will be televised regionally by Time Warner Cable, will air locally on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
The last time Duquesne opened Atlantic 10 play 0-6 was in 2005-06 (0-6) ... the last time DU lost six consecutive conference games was in 2006-07, former head coach Ron Everhart's first season (DU lost the last eight games of the season, including an non-conference loss to Akron and A-10 Tournament loss to Saint Louis).
Freshman Jeremiah Jones scored a career-high 16 points in a career-high 37 minutes ... his previous career best was 15 against Maine on Dec. 1 ... this was his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season ... Jones' three 3-pointers (3-of-5) tied his career-best set against Maine and matched vs. Western Michigan ... he was 0-of-9 from the arc in his previous six games.
First-year sophomore Marvin Binney's previous career high was 10 against West Virginia on Dec. 11 ... Binney, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, went 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-4 from the 3-point arc.
Freshman Quevyn Winters' 16 points were his most since he had 18 against Youngstown State on Nov. 21 ... it was his fifth game with three 3-pointers (3-of-7) ... his last three 3-pointer game was Dec. 1 vs. Maine.
Freshman Derrick Colter saw his streak of double digit scoring games ended at 11 ... Colter went 0-of-11 from the field in scoring two points before fouling out with 2:04 left ... DU's starting backcourt of Colter and Sean Johnson (1-of-6) was a combined 1-of-17 with four points and seven turnovers.
Junior Jerry Jones was not in uniform due to a violation of team rules.
Seven-one junior Martins Abele made his second consecutive start ... Abele came off the bench in his first 17 games.