La Salle Defeats Duquesne Men, 71-68
Jan. 28, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Earl Pettis scored a game-high 20 points and Ramon Galloway added 15 - including a big three-point play with 1:03 left - as La Salle rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat Duquesne, 71-68, at the Palumbo Center.
The win upped the Explorers' record to 16-6 overall and 5-2 in Atlantic 10 play. Duquesne, which was led by 19 points from T.J. McConnell and 16 from Sean Johnson, fell to 12-9 overall and 3-4 in the A-10.
The Dukes, who entered the game averaging 12.1 turnovers per game, turned it over 11 times in falling behind 28-27 at the half. DU trailed by nine before Eric Evans started a half-ending 13-5 run with a driving layup. Johnson - who was held without a field goal attempt for the first 16:43 - followed with a 3-pointer and layup. B.J. Monteiro gave DU a brief 27-25 lead before D.J. Peterson hit a 3-pointer with a minute left to give the Explorers their one-point halftime margin.
DU hit six of its first nine shots to build a 41-32 lead four minutes into the second half. McConnell started the surge with a layup and 3-pointer. The Dukes led 47-38 before La Salle put together a 6-0 run to cut it to three on a Tyreek Duren layup with 11:59 left.
La Salle regained the lead on a pair of Jerrell Wright free throws and upped the lead to four on a Pettis 3-pointer with 7:57 to go. The Dukes scored just one field goal - a McConnell jumper - and a pair of Datt free throws over a 5:41 span during La Salle's 17-4 run.
"We didn't play good transition defense for a stretch of the second half and they made us pay," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart.
There were four lead changes before Pettis scored on a backdoor layup to make it 62-59. Wright followed a Galloway miss with a put back and layup to put the Explorers up seven with 2:26 left.
Monteiro scored on a layup and McConnell found Jerry Jones in the left corner for a 3-pointer that made it 66-64. Sam Mills was called for a foul on the inbound pass giving Duquesne the ball down two with 1:33 left.
Jones, who scored all seven of his points in the second half, followed a Monteiro miss with an acrobatic put back to tie it before Galloway responded with a drive and free throw to make it 69-66 with just over one minute remaining.
"Galloway made a great play down the stretch," said Everhart. "He double-clutched it, brought it around-the-world and made the basket with contact."
Monteiro scored on a drive to cut it to one. DU forced a Peterson miss with 10 seconds left but the ball went out of bounds off a Duquesne player giving La Salle possession with eight seconds on the clock.
Mills was fouled on the inbounds pass and made both. Jones had a 3-pointer from the left wing blocked by Duren with two seconds left. Jones was able to gather the ball after the miss but was unable to get a second 3-point attempt to the rim as time expired.
"It came down to the last two possessions," said Johnson who was coming off a season-low one-point outing at Saint Louis. "Those are the type of stops we need to get to win games."
Duquesne heads to Ohio to face Dayton on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised in the Dayton area by WHIO-TV.
The La Salle win snapped a three-game Duquesne series winning streak ... there were four ties and nine lead changes ... both teams held a nine-point lead at one point.
La Salle shot 54.8 percent in the second half and 51.9 percent for the game ... the Explorers went 9-of-10 from the foul line ... Duquesne shot 41.4 percent ... McConnell and Johnson went a combined 6-of-8 from the 3-point arc (3-of-4 each), the rest of the team was a combined 1-of-13 with the lone make coming from Jerry Jones with 1:35 left.
Duquesne is now 8-3 at home (7-3 at Palumbo Center) this season ... sixth-year head coach Ron Everhart is 49-18 over the past five seasons at Palumbo Center.
B.J. Monteiro finished with a career-high six assists ... his previous best was five on two occasions, the last on Dec. 31 vs. Houston Baptist.
Duquesne finished with 17 turnovers to 18 for La Salle ... the Explorers outscored the Dukes 40-26 in the paint.