Dukes Top Bonnies, 85-78
Feb. 1, 2004
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. - Elijah Palmer and Ron Dokes combined for 39 points to power Duquesne to an 85-78 win at St. Bonaventure. The victory, in addition to tying DU's on-court win total in each of the last four seasons, evened the Dukes' Atlantic 10 record at 4-4.
Duquesne, which trailed 37-36 at the half, took the lead for good on a Dokes layup at the 17:01 mark of the second half. Jack Higgins, who came off the bench to score 14 points, hit three 3-pointers in a 3:53 span to help the Dukes maintain a six-point cushion. Duquesne upped its lead to a game-high 13 points on a Martin Osimani bucket with 4:39 left, before the Bonnies rallied to cut the lead to four on a Maurice Young 3-pointer with 1:16 remaining. Palmer, who finished with a team-high 21 points, then hit 3-of-4 free throws over the next 14 seconds to push the lead to seven as SBU would get no closer the rest of the way.
Dokes, who finished with 18 points, pulled down a career high-tying 13 rebound for the Dukes. It was his second consecutive game with 13 boards. Osimani, who finished with 11 points, added 10 assists for his school record third 10+ assist game this season. Osimani also played a key role in limiting St. Bonaventure leading scorer Marques Green (22.8 ppg.) to nine points on 3-of-20 shooting (1-of-10 from the 3-point arc). Bryant McAllister was the fifth Duke in double figures with 10 points.
Duquesne outshot St. Bonaventure 46.8% to 45.6%, including a 55.6% to 41.0% margin in the second half. The Dukes also outrebounded the Bonnies by a 47-32 margin.
Duquesne is off until next Saturday, Feb. 7th, when they will host West foe Richmond in a 7:05 p.m. game at the Palumbo Center.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee
On Duquesne's defensive effort that limited SBU leading scorer Marques Green to 9 points on 3-of-20 shooting