Dukes Hold On For 61-57 Win at Fordham

March 2, 2005

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DeVario Hudson scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Kieron Achara added 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Duquesne to a 61-57 win at Fordham.

The win snapped a six-game Fordham home win streak and extended Duquesne's series win streak to four games.

Bryant McAllister added 12 points - the last of which was the 1,000th of his career - for the Dukes.

Duquesne, which led from the 1:41 mark of the first half on, saw an 11-point lead cut to one when Fordham's Bryant Dunston scored on a dunk with 37 seconds left.

Martin Osimani, who finished with 10 points, was fouled on the ensuing possession and hit a pair of free throws to make the score 60-57 at the 17 second mark. Fordham's Marcus Stout, who tied Hudson for game scoring honors with 16 points, missed a contested 3-point attempt from beyond the top of the key with 5 seconds left. Osimani came out of a scramble with the ball, was fouled, and hit the second of two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Duquesne, using a combination of changing defenses, limited Fordham to 33.9 percent shooting. The Dukes, who went without a 3-pointer for the first time in 344 games, finished at 46.0 percent for the game. Duquesne, led by three from Achara and Hudson's two, blocked seven Fordham shots and outrebounded the Rams 40-33.

Fordham jumped out to a 17-10 lead before Duquesne, behind six points from McAllister, went on a 17-6 run to close the half up 27-23. DU extended its lead to 11 on a Sean McKeon free throw with 7:55 before Fordham rallied to close the gap.




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