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#DUQMBB Drops Heartbreaker to Dayton, 57-54

 

 

Feb. 22, 2014

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PITTSBURGH, - Jordan Sibert scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half as Dayton rallied from an 18-point deficit with 18:27 left to defeat Duquesne, 57-54, at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Flyers extended their winning streak to six in moving to 19-8 overall (7-5 in the Atlantic 10). The loss was the fifth in the past seven games for the Dukes who dropped to 11-15 and 3-10 in the A-10. It was DU's third loss by four or fewer points in league play.

Ovie Soko scored a game-high 26 points for Duquesne, which made just 4-of-27 second half field goal attempts after leading 39-25 at the half.

"A tale of two halves," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "I really don't have an answer. We shoot 51 percent in the first half and get pretty much the same shots and we shoot 14 percent in the second half. You hold a fantastic offensive scoring team to 57 points and 39 percent and you lose - that's heartbreaking."

Duquesne upped the lead to 43-25 less than two minutes into the second half, before Dayton went on a 11-0 run fueled by a pair of Sibert 3-pointers to make it 43-36 with 14:31 left.

Micah Mason, who finished with eight points, ended a seven-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 10 at the 11:52 mark.

UD again cut it to seven and Mason answered with another 3-pointer with 8:54 to go.

The Flyers made it 51-48 with just over four minutes left as Duquesne scored one field goal over the final 7:53.

Sibert tied it on a 3-pointer and his baseline dunk with 3:09 left gave Dayton its first lead at 53-51.

Soko cut the lead to one by making the second of two free throws with just under two minutes left and tied it by making the front end of a one-and-one with 1:23 to go.

Dyshawn Pierre, who scored 10, answered with a jump hook to make it 55-53 with 1:07 left.

Soko, who went 5-of-10 from the line, was fouled with 17.8 seconds left and hit one of two to make it a one-point game.

Dayton broke the Duquesne press and found Sibert for a dunk that made it 57-54 with 10 seconds on the clock. Mason and Jeremiah Jones misfired on rushed 3-pointers in the closing seconds.

"We had layups, we had open jump shots, we had free throws and we missed them," said Ferry of the Dukes' second half performance.

Duquesne jumped out to an 17-2 lead as Dayton missed eight of its first nine shots. Soko, Jerry Jones and L.G. Gill all hit 3-pointers for the Dukes during the game-opening run.

The Flyers scored eight in a row to cut it to seven, before Soko, who had 19 in the half, hit a bucket to start a 6-0 DU run.

Desmond Ridenour hit Duquesne's eighth 3-pointer - off a pass from Soko - at the first half horn to make it 39-25.

Dayton shot .321 in the first half and .478 in the second to finish at .392. Duquesne shot .517 in the first half and .148 in the second to finish at .339.

Duquesne heads to Missouri to face No. 10 (AP/Coaches) Saint Louis on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) in a game that will be televised nationally on NBCSN.

NOTES
• Duquesne's 15 second-half points were its fewest in any half under Jim Ferry ... the previous low was 17 in the first half of a 66-45 loss to Pitt last year ... the last time a DU team scored 15 in a half was in the second half of a 68-41 loss at Saint Louis on Jan. 21, 2012.

• Duquesne, which scored a season-low 54 points, held Dayton to its second-lowest point total of the season (UD had 56 in a 56-46 win over Delaware State on Dec. 4).

• Duquesne's largest lead was 18 (43-25) with 18:27 remaining in the second half ... Dayton's largest lead was the three-point final margin.

Micah Mason, who entered the game as the nation's leading 3-point shooter (.574), went 2-of-7 from the arc in scoring eight points.

Dominique McKoy had 10 rebounds for Duquesne ... it was his sixth double-digit rebound game of the season.

• Duquesne heads to Missouri to face No. 10 (AP/Coaches) Saint Louis on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) in a game that will be televised nationally on NBCSN.

 

 

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