Duquesne Falls Against Fordham, 90-81
Feb. 4, 2006
Duquesne had its best shooting day of the season, unfortunately so did Fordham as the Rams rode a 77.3 percent second-half performance to defeat the Dukes 90-81 at the Palumbo Center.
Bryant Dunston scored 23 of his game-high 31 points in the second 20 minutes to lead Fordham (10-11, 5-3). Bryant McAllister handed out a school record-tying 12 assists and scored a team-high 16 points for Duquesne (3-17, 1-8).
Duquesne, which shot 53.4 percent for the game, had no answer for the Rams who missed just five shots in the second half (17-of-22).
In a first half that saw three ties and nine lead changes, Fordham's Jermaine Anderson scored at the buzzer to give the Rams a 39-38 lead.
Dunston then scored six points in the first 1:20 of the second half to increase the lead to five. Duquesne rallied to tie the score and took a 53-51 lead on an Aaron Jackson dunk at the 15 minute mark. Marcus Stout, who scored 12 of his 17 in the second half, hit a jumper to tie the game on Fordham's next possession.
Fordham, which hit 10 of its first 11 shots of the half, took a 67-57 lead on a Dunston layup at the 11:28 mark.
Duquesne didn't go away easy as Brian Kelly capped an 11-4 run with a layup to make it 71-68 with 8:01 to go. Chauncey Duke, who went 3-of-7 from the arc in scoring 11 for Duquesne, missed a 3-point attempt from the right corner and Fordham's Corey McCrae answered with his only field goal of the day - a 3-pointer - to give the Rams a six-point lead.
Duquesne pulled to within four on a pair of Keith Gayden free throws at the 6:21 mark, but Dunston responded by scoring five consecutive points to give Fordham a nine-point lead.
The Rams iced the game by converting 7-of-10 free throw attempts in the final 3:45.
DeVario Hudson and Gayden joined McAllister and Duke in double figures for Duquesne with 14 and 12 points.
Sebastian Greene and Jermaine Anderson added 16 and 15 for Fordham.
Duquesne, which had one more field goal than Fordham, was outscored 21-12 from the free throw line.
NOTES: Fordham went 10-of-11 from the field and did not commit a foul in the first eight minutes of the second half ... Dunston was 8-of-9 from the field and 7-of-9 from the foul line in the second 20 minutes ... McAllister's 12 assists tied the school record shared by Martin Osimani (vs. Ohio on Jan. 7, 2004), Clayton Adams (vs. Indiana, Pa. on Dec. 3, 1987) and Brian Shanahan (vs. Iona on Dec. 14, 1986) ... McAllister, who picked up his third foul with 7:54 left in the first half, had just two turnovers in 31 minutes ... Duquesne's 22 assists were one shy of its season high ... DU assisted on 22 of 31 field goals (71 percent) ... Keith Gayden, playing with his sprained left wrist heavily taped, came off the bench to score 12 points in 18 minutes ... Gayden's spot in the starting lineup was taken by Brian Kelly who scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes ... the starting combo of Duke, Kelly, Hudson, McAllister and Jackson was Duquesne's ninth in 20 games ... Duquesne's bench, which was outscored 52-19 in the first meeting between the two (a 90-63 Fordham win at home on Jan. 15), was outscored by just one (25-24) ... DU, which was outrebounded 45-19 (-26) in the first meeting, tied the Rams in the board department with 28 ... Duquesne is now 14-3 (2-1 this season) when scoring 80 or more points under head coach Danny Nee.
DUQUESNE HEAD COACH DANNY NEE: "The difference today was Dunston. We didn't have an answer for him. Give Fordham a lot of credit, they shot the ball extremely well. I thought both teams played at a very high level for a long period of time. I think our attitude and work ethic improved greatly from our last game. I thought our kids played well."