Feb. 18, 2006
Stanley Burrell scored 21 points and Justin Doellman added 20 as Xavier held Duquesne scoreless for the final 4:05 to turn an eight-point lead into a 91-70 win at the Cintas Center.
Bryant McAllister and Chauncey Duke matched Burrell and Doellman with 21 and 20 points respectively for Duquesne which was outscored 13-0 over the final four minutes.
The win was the second in a row for the Musketeers (16-7, 7-5), while the loss dropped Duquesne to 3-21 overall and 1-12 in the Atlantic 10.
Duquesne, which trailed 41-36 at the half, found itself down eight coming out of a timeout with 4:36 left. On the ensuing inbounds play, DU's DeVario Hudson cut down the lane, took a pass and missed a dunk off the back iron. The missed dunk swung momentum to the Musketeers who started their game-ending run with a B.J. Raymond layup.
Raymond, who finished with 16 points, hit 3-pointers on three consecutive Xavier possessions earlier in the half to give the Musketeers their first, and only, double-digit lead until the game's final minutes at 59-49 with 13:25 left.
Duquesne's Ronnie Thomas, who went 3-of-3 from the 3-point arc in scoring a career-high 11 points, answered with a 3-pointer to start an 8-0 run that ended with a Thomas layup two minutes later to cut the lead to two.
Duquesne, which shot a Xavier opponent-high 49.1 percent, stayed within single digits until the Musketeers' game-ending run.
Duquesne, which finished with one fewer field goal than Xavier, was outscored 26-9 from the foul line.
Duquesne also turned it over a season-high 21 times to 10 for Xavier. The Musketeers outscored the Dukes 21-6 in points off turnovers.
The Dukes will have a week off before hosting St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:05 in the Palumbo Center.
NOTES: Duquesne shot a Xavier opponent season-high 49.1 percent against an XU defense that began the week ranked 14th nationally and first in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage defense at 39.0 percent ... the Dukes, who missed their last six shots, were above 50 percent for all but the game's final 30 seconds ... Chauncey Duke was 8-of-10 from the field (20 points) in posting his second career 20-point game ... Bryant McAllister (21 points) topped the 20-point mark for the sixth time in his last eight games ... true freshman Ronnie Thomas came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points in 13 minutes ... Thomas, who went 3-of-3 from the 3-point arc, fouled out with 6:19 left ... DeVario Hudson and Keith Gayden both finished with four fouls for DU ... Duquesne used just eight players ... McAllister scored DU's last field goal of the game at the 5:38 mark ... McAllister (7) and Aaron Jackson (6) combined for 13 of Duquesne's season-high 21 turnovers ... Xavier went 26-of-29 from the foul line, while Duquesne, which had missed just five free throws in its previous four games, was 9-of-15.
DUQUESNE HEAD COACH Danny Nee: "The out of bounds dunk play was a momentum changer. We missed the dunk and they went on a 13-0 run. Duquesne's bus ran out of gas and they were rotating tires. I can't be disappointed with our players. Chauncey Duke and Bryant McAllister both had very efficient games. We were able to get Keith Gayden to the foul line, but with his [heavily taped injured shooting] wrist, he was having a tough time. I was pleased with the way we played. We gave it all we had."