Monteiro Helps Dukes Past Fordham, 77-67
Feb. 15, 2012
PITTSBURGH - B.J. Monteiro scored 23 of his career-high 30 points in the first half, as Duquesne withstood a second half Fordham rally to defeat the Rams, 77-67, at Palumbo Center.
The win, Duquesne's third in its past four outings, upped the Dukes' record to 15-10 overall and 6-5 in the Atlantic 10. Fordham, which was led by Chris Gaston's 23 points and 11 rebounds, fell to 9-15 overall and 2-9 in conference play.
Duquesne hit its first three 3-point attempts in jumping out to a 15-2 lead. The Dukes, who got six 3-pointers from five players in the first 10 minutes, upped the lead to 29-15 on a Monteiro 3-pointer at the 9:56 mark.
Monteiro, who went 2-of-11 in Saturday's 21-point loss at St. Bonaventure, had 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half that ended with the Dukes up 46-29.
DU went 8-of-15 from 3-point in the opening 20 minutes while Fordham, which had nine turnovers in the first half, went 1-of-12 from the arc.
Fordham hit five 3-pointers in just over seven minutes in outscoring Duquesne 23-10 to open the second half. Alberto Estwick trimmed the lead to 56-52 on a 3-pointer at the 12:58 mark as Duquesne missed 10 of its first 14 shots - many from close range - to start the half.
Fordham had 10 offensive rebounds in the opening 10 minutes of the half to fuel their run.
The Rams pulled to within one at 57-56 on a Branden Frazier layup at the 11:24 mark, but would get no closer as Monteiro scored four quick points to up the lead to five. Fordham cut it to three before McConnell responded with 3-pointers around a Gaston free throw to give DU a 69-61 lead with 6:15 to go.
"Coach Everhart called them the most underrated team in the league and they showed why in the second half," said McConnell who finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.
Sean Johnson, who scored 13, put the Dukes up 73-63 on a free throw at the 4:31 mark.
Fordham would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
"I really liked our defensive intensity a whole lot better in the last six minutes than in the first 12 [of the second half]," said DU head coach Ron Everhart.
"I thought we kept our composure tonight," continued Everhart. "Our guys have gotten up off the mat a couple of times this year and that's a good thing."
Duquesne heads to Philadelphia to face league-leading Temple (20-5, 9-2) on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by CBS Sports Network.
The win was Duquesne's fourth in a row over Fordham ... the last time the Dukes won four straight over the Rams was from Feb. 2, 2002 through Mar. 2, 2005 ... DU's longest series win streak is six games from 1954 through 1961.
This is the fifth consecutive season the Dukes have posted double-digit home wins (currently 10-3) ... the last time DU strung together five or more consecutive seasons with 10 or more home wins was from 1967-68 through 1973-74 (seven times) ... Duquesne posted double-digit home wins twice in the 25 seasons prior to head coach Ron Everhart's arrival in 2006-07.
Eric Evans - playing in his 113th game - became the 36th member of Duquesne's 1,000-point club with a running layup at the 18:13 mark of the second half ... the Detroit native is the sixth player to reach 1,000 points during head coach Ron Everhart's six years at Duquesne: No. 7 Bill Clark (1,628), No. 11 Damian Saunders (1,511), No. 14 Aaron Jackson (1,428), No. 22 Kieron Achara (1,240) and current teammate B.J. Monteiro No. 27 (1,136) are the others ... Evans' 1,003 points rank 35th on the list ... Evans needs three assists to become just the 10th player in school history to record 1,000 points and 300 assists.
Monteiro scored 23 of his career-high 30 in the first half ... it was the first 20-point half by a Duke since Aaron Jackson scored 23 of his 46 in the second half of a 116-108 overtime NIT loss at Virginia Tech on March 18, 2009 ... Monteiro's previous career high was 28 set on Dec. 28 against Bowling Green.
Monteiro, a career .524 free throw shooter, went 9-of-11 from the stripe ... the makes and attempts were both career highs ... his 30 points were the most by a Duquesne player since Melquan Bolding had 32 in a 111-100 win over Fordham on March 5, 2010.