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#DUQMBB Comeback Falls Short at St. Bonaventure, 71-67
Micah Mason led the Dukes with 14 points.
 
Micah Mason led the Dukes with 14 points.
 

Feb. 19, 2014


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OLEAN, N.Y. - Matthew Wright scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left, to help St. Bonaventure hold off Duquesne 71-67 at Reilly Center.

The win was the third in a row for the Bonnies who upped their record to 16-10 overall and 6-6 in the Atlantic 10. Duquesne, which battled back from a 14-point second half deficit to take a three-point lead with 2:34 left, dropped to 11-14 overall and 3-9 in the A-10.

Micah Mason led four Dukes in double figures with 14 points. Ovie Soko and Derrick Colter added 12 each for the Dukes who shot .571 in the second half and .448 for the game.

Jordan Gathers had 18 and Dion Wright added 16 for the Bonnies who shot .509 in moving to 10-2 at home.

Matthew Wright, who scored 16 in the second half, answered a Jeremiah Jones three-point play with a three-point play of his own to tie it at 67-67 with 2:23 remaining.

Colter, who hit a 3-pointer with no time left to give Duquesne an 83-81 win in the first meeting between the two at Pittsburgh on Jan. 25, missed teardrop jumper in the lane that SBU's Youssou Ndoye gathered in as the Bonnies called timeout.

Ndoye - off a pass from Matthew Wright - scored just his second bucket of the game with 33 seconds to go.

Colter was fouled on a drive on the ensuing possession, but missed both free throws with 17 seconds on the clock.

Matthew Wright was quickly fouled and converted a one-and-one for the final margin.

"I thought Derrick played fantastic tonight," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "He'll step up in the next game and he'll make those two free throws. Its heartbreaking right now, but we've got to move on quickly."

There were three ties and eight lead changes, before the Bonnies outscored the Dukes 12-2 over the final 4:06 to take a 36-25 halftime lead. Gathers, who came into the game averaging 8.2 ppg., had 15 in the half, including eight during the run.

Matthew Wright opened the second half with a 3-pointer, to make it a 14-point game, before the Dukes caught fire, getting 3-pointers from Mason, Colter and Jeremiah Jones to cut the lead to 41-40 with 16:43 to go.

Mason tied it at 43-43 on another 3-pointer as the Dukes hit their first seven shots of the half.

Dion Wright, who scored 12 of his 16 in the second half, scored eight over a three minute span to help the Bonnies build the lead back to eight.

DU battled back again to take a 62-60 lead on a Colter jumper with 6:18 left.

There were two ties before Jeremiah Jones' three-point play with 2:34 remaining. They were the last points the Dukes would score as Matthew Wright tied it with his three-point play 11 seconds later.

"That was similar to the game played at our place," said Ferry. "It was a hard-fought game. Kids made plays all over the court. We had a bad first half, but we fought right back. That's two Atlantic 10 teams doing battle."

Duquesne returns home to face Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. DU seniors Jerry Jones and Ovie Soko will be recognized as part of pre-game ceremonies.

NOTES
• St. Bonaventure outshot Duquesne .509 to .448 in the game that had eight ties and 12 lead changes.

• SBU's largest lead was 14 (39-25) with 19:16 left in the second half ... DU's largest lead was four (8-4) with 15:02 remaining in the first half.

Micah Mason, who entered the game as the nation's leading 3-point shooter (.581), went 4-of-8 from the arc in scoring a team-high 14 points.

• Duquesne returns home to face Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. DU seniors Jerry Jones and Ovie Soko will be recognized as part of pre-game ceremonies.

 

 

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