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Duquesne Comeback Falls Short, 76-75
Elijah Palmer
 
Elijah Palmer
 

Feb. 5, 2003

Box Score

Duquesne had the ball down one with 13.2 seconds remaining but couldn't get a shot off as time expired in a tough 76-75 loss to league-leading Dayton. With the shot clock winding down, Dayton's Ramod Marshall missed a driving baseline jumper that was ruled knocked out of bounds by a UD player with just over 13 seconds left.

Duquesne's Bryant McAllister advanced the ball to the frontcourt and hit Ron Dokes near the baseline with under five seconds remaining. Dokes, who was double teamed, passed the ball to Kevin Forney on the opposite wing who was unable to get off a shot before time expired.

D.J. Stelly came off the bench to lead Dayton with 18 points, while McAllister led five Dukes in double figures with a game high and career high-tying 19. Duquesne, who trailed by 14 with 14:40 left, got a spark from Elijah Palmer who followed a dunk with a three-point play to cut the Dayton lead to nine. Dayton took a brief double-digit lead before the Dukes battled back to within two on a pair of Brad Midgley free throws with 6:49 left.

Dayton got some breathing room on a pair of Brooks Hall free throws with 1:32 left to go up 74-70, before Njoya drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut the lead to one with 1:17 remaining. Duquesne, who had 10 turnovers in the first half, turned it over just twice over the final 20 minutes.

The Dukes, who outshot (47.2% to 45.8%) and outrebounded the Flyers (32-29), were held to three 3-pointers on 10 attempts. Dayton, who was led by Stelly's four 3-pointers, hit 8-19 from the arc. Sean Finn finished with 15 for Dayton. Marshall added 11 points and eight assists and Keith Waleskowski added 9 points and 11 rebounds.

 

 

Palmer, who had three dunks on the evening, finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Duquesne. Brad Midgley came off the bench to add 14, and Njoya scored 13 for the Dukes.

NOTES:

  • Duquesne, who was down by 14 points in both halves, never led in the game
  • It was the first time this season five Dukes scored in double figures
  • DU's Jimmy Tricco and Ron Dokes, who came into the game averaging a combined 19.5 ppg., were held to a combined three points
  • The Dukes outscored the Flyers 34-22 in the paint, 18-13 in points off turnovers and 13-3 in fast break points
  • McAllister tied his career high set earlier this season vs. Troy State
  • The Dukes and Flyers were whistled for a combined 40 fouls.

POSTGAME QUOTES

Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:

"Duquesne played a hard-nosed basketball game. I can't ask our players to do any more than they did. Our kids played their hearts out. We did everything but score one more point than them."

Dayton head coach Oliver Purnell:

"I obviously feel fortunate to get out of here with a win. They hit some big shots down the stretch, including that big `3' by Njoya. The Duquesne team played as hard as I've seen a team play this year. I thought our offense was a little loose and Duquesne's effort was outstanding."

Duquesne guard Kevin Forney:

"I thought the play was going to work. We thought they'd double down and I'd get open. Time just ran out. Its kind of frustrating to come that close."

Duquesne guard Bryant McAllister:

"We wanted to get the ball down the side and find the open man. When the ball went out of bounds [prior to the final possession], I looked over at coach and he told us what to do."

MEDIA REPORTS
Post-Gazette | Tribune-Review | Dayton Daily News | DDN II | DDN III | AP

NEXT

Duquesne completes its brief two-game homestand vs. La Salle on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4:00 p.m. The La Salle game will air as part of the Atlantic 10 Television Network (Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh locally). This is "Danny Nee Bobblehead Night #2 (see photo on right)." Miniature replicas of DU's head coach will be given to the first 1,000 in attendance, courtesy of Morreale Chiropractic.

In addition, three former outstanding Duquesne student-athletes, Dan DeFelice (football class of '81), Korie Hlede (basketball class of '98) and Katie Michalski (volleyball class of '96), will be inducted into the Duquesne Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime. For more information, please click here.

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