Dukes Snap Losing Streak with 86-82 Win at Bona

Jan. 28, 2006

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St. Bonaventure, N.Y. - Bryant McAllister scored 25 points and Keith Gayden added 18 as Duquesne snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 86-82 win over St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center.

The Dukes (3-15, 1-6), who led by 15 at the half, survived a furious St. Bonaventure rally to post their first road win of the season. Ahmad Smith led the Bonnies - who saw their losing streak extended to eight - with a game-high 27 points.

Duquesne quieted St. Bonaventure's Homecoming crowd by jumping out to a 26-15 lead 10 minutes into the game. DU upped its lead to 19 on a Brian Kelly three-point play with 2:56 to go in the half before settling for a 46-31 lead at intermission.

St. Bonaventure, behind nine points from Smith, outscored the Dukes 24-10 in the first 5:42 of the second half to pull to within one at 56-55 with 14:18 to go. McAllister then slowed the Bonnies' rally by converting one of his three second half three-point plays to increase the lead to four.

St. Bonaventure took its first lead of the game when Smith answered with a three-point play to make the score 60-59 with 12:16 to go. The Bonnies took their largest lead of the game at 67-62 on a pair of Smith free throws, before Duquesne's Aaron Jackson, who finished with 13 points, scored five-straight points to tie the score at 67-67 with 8:19 left.

The lead changed hands four times over the next five minutes before DeVario Hudson hit a 3-pointer to put the Dukes up two with 2:57 to go. Duquesne maintained the lead the rest of the way. Ronnie Thomas gave the Dukes breathing room by hitting a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left for the final margin.



Duquesne, which shot a season-best 50.0 percent from the field, hit 18-of-20 free throws, including the first 18 in a row. St. Bonaventure shot 43.1 percent from the field and went 20-of-33 from the charity stripe.


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