St. Bonaventure Races to 92-80 Win Over Duquesne
March 3, 2010
OLEAN, N.Y. - Andrew Nicholson and Chris Matthews scored 21 points each to lead St. Bonaventure (14-14, 7-8) to a 92-80 win over Duquesne (15-14, 6-9) at Olean, N.Y.
Matthews, a senior playing his final regular season game at Reilly Center hit six 3-pointers, including 4-of-4 in the first half.
Damian Saunders led five Duquesne players in double figures with 17 points and 13 rebounds in posting his 19th double-double of the season. Bill Clark added 16 points, B.J. Monteiro had 13 and Eric Evans and Melquan Bolding scored 12 each for the Dukes who led just once in the game at 2-0.
Michael Davenport had 17 points and senior Jonathan Hall added 13 for the Bonnies who extended their winning streak to four.
"This was a real tough loss for us," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "You have to give the St. Bonaventure kids a lot of credit. They're playing very well right now. They were the better team tonight. They outplayed us."
The loss dropped the Dukes into a tie for ninth in the Atlantic 10 with George Washington (16-12, 6-9). With the win St. Bonaventure is now alone in eighth place with one game remaining. The fifth through eighth place teams host first round games in the 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship which begins on Tuesday, March 9.
The Bonnies, who shot 56 percent in each half, missed their first three shots before hitting nine in a row - including a pair of Matthews 3-pointers - to race to a 24-8 lead. Duquesne rallied to cut it to 43-35 when Bolding hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the first half.
The Dukes cut it to five on a Monteiro layup with 16:06 to go only to see the Bonnies answer with 3-pointers from Davenport and Matthews to build the lead back to 10. Duquesne would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
St. Bonaventure went 9-of-18 from the 3-point arc in setting a Duquesne opponent scoring high.
Duquesne shot 47 percent, including 4-of-18 from the 3-point arc. Both teams finished with 20 turnovers.
"When you turn it over 20 times and shoot 58 percent from the foul line, you lose," said Everhart.
Duquesne concludes the regular season with a rare weekday afternoon game when it hosts Fordham on Friday at Noon.
Duquesne's lone lead was at 2-0 ... St. Bonaventure was 14-of-25 in each half ... the Bonnies went 27-of-37 from the foul line (73.0%), Duquesne was 14-of-24 (58.3%).
Damian Saunders, who began the week leading the nation with a 2.9 steals per game average ... had one steal to bring his school single-season record to 81 and his career total to 197 ... only three players in school history - all guards - have totaled 200 or more career steals at DU.
Saunders posted his 19th double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds ... the 6-7 junior has not gone longer than three games without a double-double this season.