Dukes Top Bonnies, 85-78

Feb. 1, 2004

Box Score

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.




  • The win was DU's second conference road win of the season ... the last time DU won two A10 road games in the same season was 1994-95
  • The Dukes held St. Bonaventure's Marques Green without a field goal until the 6:55 mark of the first half
  • Dokes posted his second consecutive double-double with 18 points and a career high-tying 13 rebounds ... he also tied his career high with four assists
  • Osimani's double-double (11 points, 10 assists) was the first of his career ... the 10 assists made him the first player in school history to post three 10+ assist games in the same season (he had 10 at West Virginia and a school record-tying 12 vs. Ohio earlier in the season)
  • Four of Palmer's eight field goals were dunks
  • DU's +15 margin on the glass (47-32) was its largest of the season
  • The Dukes went 22-of-31 (71.0%) from the foul line
  • DU outshot SBU 55.6% to 41.0% in the second half


Duquesne head coach Danny Nee

"I think we wore them down. We used our bench and were able to pound the ball inside. Ron Dokes really had his way inside. He was huge with 13 rebounds for the second consecutive game. I was very pleased with our attitude and work ethic. We never got in a rhythm from the 3-point line, but Jack Higgins was a difference-maker with his 3-point shooting. This was a typical Atlantic 10 road game. This is a very tough building for a team like Duquesne to come into and win."

On Duquesne's defensive effort that limited SBU leading scorer Marques Green to 9 points on 3-of-20 shooting

"We never left him [Green]. We never helped off him. There was always a Duquesne player shadowing him. When he comes over half court he's a threat. I thought Martin Osimani and Ryan Tricco did a very good job on him."


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