Bonnies Drop Dukes, 69-48
Feb. 11, 2012
OLEAN, N.Y. - Andrew Nicholson had 21 points and 23 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure to a 69-48 win over Duquesne at Reilly Center.
The Bonnies (13-9, 6-4) outrebounded the Dukes 48-26 in extending their home win streak to eight games. The loss ended a two-game win streak for Duquesne (14-10, 5-5) which was led by Mike Talley with 12 points.
St. Bonaventure held Duquesne to seven field goals on 28 percent shooting in outscoring the Dukes 29-18 in the second half.
"I thought we played well enough defensively to force them to take some bad shots," said Duquesne coach Ron Everhart. "They just beat us to the ball. That was the story of the game. Instead of us getting out in transition and scoring, they beat us up on the glass."
Nicholson and Demitrius Conger combined for 15 of the Bonnies' 21 offensive boards as SBU outscored DU 22-8 in second chance points.
St. Bonaventure led by one when Sean Johnson was called for a flagrant one foul on a Nicholson breakaway at the 11:14 mark of the first half. Nicholson made both free throws and Eric Mosley, who finished with 12 points, hit a 3-pointer off the inbound giving the Bonnies a five-point possession and 21-15 lead. Chris Johnson, who had 12 in the first half, and Nicholson added layups to complete a 9-0 run and give SBU its first double-digit lead at 25-15 with 8:35 to go. The lead reached 15 with just over a minute left before DU closed the half with a Johnson 3-pointer and Talley layup to make it 40-30.
Duquesne scored the first four points of the second half to pull within six before Nicholson ended the run with a jumper. A Nicholson free throw with 15:14 left gave the Bonnies a 46-36 lead. SBU led by at least 15 for the final 7:39 as the Dukes struggled to score.
Seniors B.J. Monteiro and Eric Evans were a combined 3-of-18 from the field and Johnson, who did not practice the entire week due to strep throat, finished with five points in 16 minutes off the bench. T.J. McConnell had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals for the Dukes.
Duquesne returns home to face Fordham at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
St. Bonaventure extended its home win streak to eight ... the Bonnies have won four in a row over the Dukes at Reilly Center.
DU leading scorer Sean Johnson, who did not practice during the week due to strep throat, scored 5 points in 16 minutes off the bench.
Eric Evans scored 3 points to pull within six of becoming the 36th member of Duquesne's 1,000-point club ... he enters Wednesday's game against Fordham with 994 points in 112 games.
Duquesne shot 40 percent from the field (20-50), 40 percent from the 3-point arc (4-10) and 40 percent from the foul line (4-10).
The Dukes finished with 14 assists and 15 turnovers.