Dukes Hold On For 72-67 Win At La Salle
Jan. 29, 2005
Philadelphia, Pa. - Kieron Achara scored a career-high 24 points and drew a key charging foul on La Salles Steven Smith with 21 seconds to play to help Duquesne to a 72-67 win over the Explorers at Tom Gola Arena.
The win, the Dukes first at La Salle since Jan. 20, 1979, was also DUs first victory in the City of Philadelphia since an 82-69 Atlantic 10 Tournament win over Rhode Island at The Palestra in 1995. Duquesne had lost 26 straight to Atlantic 10 Philadelphia members La Salle, Saint Josephs and Temple in addition to dropping eight consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament games in the City of Brotherly Love.
Duquesne, which led for all but 45 seconds, was up 68-67 with under a minute to go when Smith, who finished with 19 points, drove hard to the basket and collided with Achara just outside of the lane. Smith's shot went in, but was waved off as the foul was called. Bryant McAllister was fouled and hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left to give Duquesne a 70-67 lead. Smith, who went 4-of-17 from the field, then missed an off-balance shot from the top of the key that was rebounded by DUs DeVario Hudson. Hudson was fouled and hit a pair of free throws with :04 left for the final margin.
Achara, who went 8-of-12 from the field for the game and 8-of-8 from the foul line in the second half, was dominant in the paint for Duquesne. The Dukes, who did not attempt a free throw in the first half, went 15-of-16 from the line in the second 20 minutes.
La Salle, which relied solely on its outside game, went 11-of-38 from the 3-point arc led by Darnell Harris who hit 5-of-14 3-point attempts in scoring a team-high 20 points.
Duquesne jumped out to a 9-0 lead and went up by 15 on a Sean McKeon layup with 4:26 left in the first half. La Salle answered with a 13-4 run highlighted by a Harris 3-pointer with three seconds left to cut the lead to 42-36 at the half.
Duquesne built its lead to nine early in the second half before La Salle rallied to take its only lead of the game at 57-56 on a Lewis Fadipe dunk with 7:11 left. Achara answered with a pair of free throws that put the Dukes up for good at 58-57 with 6:26 on the clock.
Duquesne outscored La Salle 20-12 in the paint and 17-9 in points off turnovers. The Dukes outshot the Explorers 42.6 percent to 33.9 percent.
The Dukes continue their three-game road trip on Tuesday, February 1, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. against Richmond (9-9, 4-3).