Dukes Defeated by Rhode Island in Final Minute, 67-62
Feb. 16, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Nikola Malesevic scored 19 points, including a driving layup with 57 seconds left, as Rhode Island hit six free throws in the final 18 seconds to pull away from Duquesne, 67-62, at Palumbo Center.
The win snapped a three-game road losing streak for the Rams (8-16, 3-8).
Duquesne, which was led by Derrick Colter's game-high 20 points and 7 assists, dropped to 8-17 overall and 1-10 in the Atlantic 10. Jerry Jones scored 11 and Andre Marhold had 10 points, 6 rebounds and a career high-tying 5 blocks in a losing effort.
DU had the ball with the score tied at 58-58 when Jordan Hare stole a Colter pass intended for Marhold and Mike Powell was fouled and hit a free throw to put URI up one. Colter was then called for an illegal screen giving the ball back to the Rams with 1:13 left. Malesevic, who scored 14 in the second half, then hit his layup to make it a three-point game.
Colter answered with a driving bank shot high off the glass, before Andre Malone was fouled and hit both. It was still a one-possession game when Colter misfired on a 3-point attempt from the top of the key with 8.3 seconds left. Rhode Island gained possession and Xavier Munford, who finished with 14, and Malone hit two free throws each to seal the win.
"Our execution wasn't great down the stretch," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "Credit Rhode Island for stepping up defensively. They really pressured up on Derrick. They made him take some tough shots and made him make some tough plays."
Duquesne jumped out to an 11-4 lead, before Rhody answered with a pair of three's to cut it to one with over 12 minutes to go. Neither team led by more than six for the remainder of the half that ended with Rhode Island leading 33-28.
Rhode Island took an eight-point lead on a Mike Powell jumper before Colter and Jerry Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 14-4 run that gave the Dukes a 47-43 lead with 11:12 left. Colter had eight during the run.
Malesevic then hit a 3-pointer and Powell added a free throw to tie it.
There were two ties and three lead changes before Powell's free throw with 1:22 left.
The two teams finished with 23 field goals each. Duquesne had 10 3-pointers to seven for Rhode Island. The difference was at the foul line where the Rams went 14-of-17 and the Dukes finished 6-of-14.
"You can't leave that many free throws on the line, especially at home," said Ferry.
Duquesne concludes a stretch of three games in six days at nationally-ranked Butler on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The game, set for a 7:00 p.m. (ET) start, will be televised locally by ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
The win was Rhode Island's sixth in a row at Palumbo Center ... DU's last home win over the Rams was on Jan. 10, 2001 (83-69) under Darelle Porter.
Duquesne started three freshmen (Derrick Colter, Jeremiah Jones and Quevyn Winters) for the third consecutive game ... it was the third-straight game a freshman led the Dukes in scoring (Derrick Colter with 20) ... it was Colter's third 20-point game of the season.
Andre Marhold tied his career high set in this year's opener at Albany with five blocked shots ... in his last three games, the senior is 16-of-21 from the field (.762) and averaging 11.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.
The two teams finished with 23 field goals each ... Duquesne hit 10 3-pointers to Rhode Island's 7 ... URI outscored DU by eight at the foul line (14-of-17 to 6-of-14) ... Rhody won the rebounding battle 37-34.
There were seven ties and five lead changes ... Rhode Island's largest lead was eight (41-33 with 15:51 left in the second half) ... Duquesne's largest lead was 7 (11-4 with 14:43 left in the first half).