Bonnies Down Men in Black, 78-71
Feb. 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Demitrius Conger and Chris Johnson scored 19 points each as St. Bonaventure defeated Duquesne, 78-71, in front of a "Black Out" crowd of 3,329 at the Palumbo Center to sweep the regular season series between the two schools.
The Bonnies (13-13, 6-7), who won the first meeting, 68-60, three weeks ago at Olean, N.Y., shot 54 percent in evening their record.
Duquesne (8-19, 1-12), which saw its home losing streak reach seven, was led by Quevyn Winters with 18. Andre Marhold had 13 and Derrick Colter and Jeremiah Jones added 10 each. Colter had a game-high 9 assists.
DU, which trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, cut it to 47-46 on a Jeremiah Jones 3-pointer just over five minutes into the second half and tied it at 51-51 on a Marvin Binney steal and layup. The Dukes tied it four more times - the last at 59-59 - before going scoreless for 3:37 as the Bonnies built a six-point lead.
Duquesne cut it to three twice, the last coming on a pair of Colter free throws with 2:13 left, but Johnson answered with an acrobatic layup to make it 71-66.
Conger and Johnson, who scored 13 of the Bonnies final 14 points, combined to hit six free throws down the stretch for the final margin.
"It came down to Chris Johnson and Demitrius Conger making big shots late in the game and us not making shots," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "We used a lot of energy coming back. I also thought St. Bonaventure picked up their intensity and had a little bit of a sense of urgency. Conger bothered some shots around the rim."
St. Bonaventure, which outrebounded Duquesne 35-26, outscored the Dukes 36-20 in the paint.
"It's been a problem all league season," said Ferry. "When we get outrebounded, we don't do well."
St. Bonaventure scored eight points off five early Duquesne turnovers to open a 23-13 lead. The Bonnies hit 4-of-7 3-pointers, including two by Eric Mosley, who finished with 16, in the opening 10 minutes.
Duquesne cut it to three on the second of three first half 3-pointers by Winters before SBU answered with a 14-5 run to take a 37-25 lead at the 4:30 mark.
Binney made it 41-35 with a 3-pointer at the first half horn.
Chris Johnson and Mosley had 10 each for the Bonnies, who shot 57 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Winters had 16 at the half for DU.
Duquesne is off until next Saturday's 2:00 p.m. game at La Salle.
Quevyn Winters had a career-high four steals to go along with his team-high 18 points ... this was the eighth consecutive game a freshman has either led - or tied for the team lead - in scoring.
Derrick Colter tied his career high with nine assists.
Duquesne's seven-game home losing streak is its longest since a school-record 11 games in 2005-06 ... it is the third longest home streak in school history (DU lost nine in a row at home in 1998-99).
There were six ties and four lead changes ... Duquesne's last lead came with 14:48 left in the first half.
The Dukes have one home game remaining: Senior Day vs. Charlotte on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m..