Duquesne Comeback Falls Short, 76-75
Feb. 5, 2003
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.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:
Dayton head coach Oliver Purnell:
Duquesne guard Kevin Forney:
Duquesne guard Bryant McAllister:
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.