Dayton Pulls Away Late to Defeat Dukes, 74-62

Feb. 22, 2012

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PITTSBURGH - Paul Williams scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as Dayton closed with a 21-9 run to defeat Duquesne 74-62 at Palumbo Center.

Mike Talley and B.J. Monteiro led Duquesne (15-12, 6-7) with 13 and 10 points respectively. T.J. McConnell had a game-high 8 assists in a losing effort.

Chris Johnson (13 points), Matt Kavanaugh & Josh Parker (12 each) and Kevin Dillard (11 points) were the other double digit scorers for the Flyers (17-10, 7-6).

Dayton, which outrebounded Duquesne 41-24, outscored the Dukes 21-8 in second chance points.

"Dayton is very good at transition basketball," said Duquesne coach Ron Everhart. "We just didn't rebound well enough to get out in the open floor."

Talley tied it at 53-53 on a layup with 7:10 left. Dillard, who added a team-high 4 assists, picked up his fourth foul on UD's next possession.

With Dillard on the bench, Parker made a steal and layup and Johnson turned a DU miss into another layup to give the Flyers a four-point lead. Williams then rebounded his own miss twice before converting to put Dayton up five. Duquesne, which went 4-of-21 from the arc, missed back-to-back 3-pointers that Johnson turned into a layup and 3-pointer to give UD a 66-56 lead with 2:46 left.

Duquesne would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.

"I wasn't pleased with the way we executed over the last five minutes," said Everhart. "Our bad offense led to bad defense. Williams and Johnson stepped up and hit some big shots."

There were two ties and six lead changes in the first half which ended with Dayton up 33-30. The Flyers, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead, were up seven with 1:30 left before Mamadou Datt and Jerry Jones scored to cut the deficit to three.

DU, which forced 13 Dayton turnovers, was outrebounded 22-12 in the opening 20 minutes.

Duquesne opened the second half with a missed layup and three consecutive turnovers as Dayton took a 39-30 lead.

The Dukes then went on a 20-8 run to take a 50-47 lead with 10:36 to go. Datt tied it at 45-45 on the second of back-to-back dunks before Monteiro hit a 3-pointer and layup for the three-point lead.

The 53-53 tie was the fifth and last of the game.

Duquesne heads to Washington, D.C. to face George Washington on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:00.


Mike Talley's 13 points were his most since he had 15 in DU's 83-73 win at Dayton on Feb. 1.

• This was T.J. McConnell's seventh game with eight or more assists ... he finished with 9 points, 8 assists and 5 turnovers in 35 minutes.

Mamadou Datt, who had four points in DU's five previous games, scored 8 points in 15 minutes off the bench ... the eight points tied his career high set earlier this season at George Mason and matched on Jan. 21 at Saint Louis.

Eric Evans, who had 4 points and 1 assist, is two assists shy of becoming just the 10th player in school history with over 1,000 points (1,008) and 300 assists (298)

• There were five ties and eight lead changes in the game.




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