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Dayton Knocks Off Duquesne, 70-58
Kieron Achara
 
Kieron Achara
 

Feb. 15, 2004

Box Score

The inside duo of 7-0 Sean Finn and 6-8 Keith Waleskowski combined for 37 points on 13-of-19 shooting to lead Dayton to a 70-58 win over cold-shooting Duquesne at UD Arena.

Finn, who came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting scored 11 in the first half to help the Flyers to a 36-21 lead. Meanwhile Duquesne, which was led by a career-high 13 points from Kieron Achara, struggled from the 3-point arc misfiring on all eight first-half attempts.

Dayton extended its lead to 22 points on a Waleskowski layup with 8:29 left in the game before Martin Osimani ended a streak of 12 consecutive 3-point misses when he hit the Dukes' first 3-pointer a minute later. Osimani's 3-pointer began a 9-0 run that ended with a Jack Higgins 3-pointer that made the score 58-45 with 6:37 to go.

Dayton answered by building its lead back to 19 before Achara scored five of eight points in an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 11 with 1:38 left. The Dukes would get no closer the rest of the way. Waleskowski, who hit 6-of-8 shots from the field, added a game-high 9 rebounds to go with his 17 points. Bryant McAllister and Elijah Palmer reached double digits for Duquesne with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Dayton took advantage of 12 offensive rebounds to post a 20-3 advantage in second chance points. The Flyers, behind three 3-pointers from Mark Jones, went 8-of-21 from the 3-point arc. Duquesne, which hit four of its last nine 3-point attempts, was 4-of-21 from the 3-point arc for the game.

NOTES:

  • Achara's 13 points were three more than his previous career high of 10 set at Richmond and matched vs. UMass
  • DU's 21 first half points were a season low
  • The Dukes turned it over just three times in the second half in outscoring the Flyers 37-34.

 

 

QUOTES:

Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:

"We started out 0-12 from 3-point then hit a few and that almost got us back in the game. Fifty-eight points is just not enough. Our problem right now is just that we are not making shots. We've done the same thing for three games in a row. We get down early because we're not making shots.

"Dayton is a good, strong rebounding team. They play ping-pong [with the ball]. We needed something to go erratic for them for us to push through. If you play man-to-man, you have to contend with Finn and Waleskowski and if you play zone, you have Marshall and Jones. They're a good team. Any team with 20 wins is a good team."

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