Dukes Lose at Richmond in Final Second, 72-71
February 1, 2005
Daon Merritt answered a Martin Osimani 3-pointer by racing the length of the court in the final six seconds to hit an acrobatic off-balance layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining to give Richmond a 72-71 win over Duquesne at Robins Center.
The Dukes, who were down five with 2:16 left, rallied to take a 68-67 lead on a pair of Bryant McAllister free throws with 59 seconds left.
Seven seconds later, Richmond's Jamaal Scott hit two free throws to put the Spiders back in front. Andres Sandoval got a piece of a McAllister jumper with 26 seconds left and the Dukes fouled Merritt three seconds later. Merritt hit one of two to make the score 70-68 with 23 seconds left.
Duquesne then worked the ball until a triple-teamed McAllister found Osimani at the top of the key. Osimani drilled a 21-foot 3-pointer with :06.2 on the clock setting up Merritt's dramatic coast-to-coast drive.
Freshman DeVario Hudson led four Dukes in double figures with a career-high 20 points. He also added a game-high 11 rebounds in posting his second career double-double. McAllister and Higgins finished with 15 each for the Dukes, and Kieron Achara notched his sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards.
Kevin Steenberge led Richmond with 19 points. Jermaine Bucknor and Merritt finished with 15 each for the Spiders.
Duquesne hit seven of its first 10 shots in jumping out to a 17-3 lead. The Dukes' lead reached 15 on a Sean McKeon layup with 12:03 left in the half. Richmond, which misfired on nine of its first 10 shots rallied to cut the DU lead to 37-30 at the half.
Richmond opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 43-39 lead with 15:05 to go. There were seven ties and six lead changes the rest of the way as neither team managed a lead of more than five.
Duquesne, which outshot Richmond 46.4 percent to 37.3 percent, turned the ball over 17 times to 7 for UR.
Richmond outscored Duquesne 30-7 in points off turnovers and enjoyed a 38-24 advantage in second chance points.
Duquesne returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 5 as they travel to Saint Joseph's for a 4:00 pm, Atlantic 10 Television contest.