Saint Louis Pulls Away for 69-59 Win Over Duquesne
Feb. 28, 2010
ST. LOUIS - Kwamain Mitchell scored 15 if his game-high 23 points over the final 9:16 to lead Saint Louis (19-9, 10-4) to a 69-59 win over Duquesne (15-13, 6-8) at Chaifetz Arena.
The loss, which snapped Duquesne's win streak at three, dropped the Dukes into a three-way tie for eighth in the Atlantic 10 with St. Bonaventure and George Washington.
The fifth through eighth place finishers in the A-10 host first round Atlantic 10 Championship games on Tuesday, March 9.
Bill Clark hit three 3-pointers in scoring a team-high 17 for Duquesne. B.J. Monteiro was the only other Duke in double figures with 15. DU leading scorer Damian Saunders, who was in foul trouble for the majority of the second half, finished with nine points, five rebounds and four steals.
Cody Ellis, Willie Reed and Brian Conklin had 10 points each for Saint Louis. Duquesne which led 45-42 following a Morakinyo Williams jumper with 12:05 left, missed eight of its next nine shots and turned it over twice as Saint Louis put together a 20-5 run to take a 62-50 lead at the 3:28 mark.
Reed started the run with a free throw, before Mitchell gave SLU the lead for good on a three-point play - his first points of the half - that made it 46-45 with 9:16 to go. Mitchell scored nine more points during the spurt that ended with an Ellis layup.
SLU maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
"We went through a real dry spell where we made too many turnovers did not have real good offensive execution," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "You have to give Saint Louis credit. They made the big shots down the stretch. Mitchell does a real good job of keeping them together. He was very efficient tonight."
The Dukes, who rallied from an 11-point deficit to tie it at 33-33 at the half, were out rebounded 22-11 and outscored 13-4 from the foul line in the second half.
Saint Louis, which went 9-of-21 from the 3-point arc, finished at 46.7 percent. Duquesne, which missed all five of its 3-point attempts in the second half, was 5-of-14 from the arc in shooting 45.3 percent for the game.
Duquesne plays its final regular season road game at St. Bonaventure on Wed., Mar. 3 at 7:00 p.m. and concludes the regular season two days later in a rare weekday afternoon game at home versus Fordham at Noon on Fri., Mar. 5.
Saint Louis went 18-of-26 from the line ... Duquesne was 6-of-10 ... DU had three more field goals than SLU (24-of-53 to 21-of-45).
There were a total of five ties and six lead changes in the game.
Melquan Bolding finished with a career-high six assists for Duquesne.