Billikens Bounce Dukes, 75-60
March 3, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Dwayne Evans led five players in double digits with 20 points and 14 rebounds as Saint Louis shot 52.7 percent in defeating the Duquesne, 75-60, at Palumbo Center.
The loss assured Duquesne a road game in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship which begins on Tuesday.
Kwamain Mitchell had 13 points, Brian Conklin and Rob Loe had 11 each and Cody Ellis added 10 for the Billikens who played without head coach Rick Majerus who was admitted to a nearby hospital prior to the game as a precautionary measure after experiencing discomfort over an hour before the game.
B.J. Monteiro, who was honored along with Eric Evans as part of pre-game Senior Day ceremonies, scored a team-high 14 points for Duquesne. Evans, who went 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc, was the only other Duke in double figures with 11.
Saint Louis, which never trailed, took its first double-digit lead on a Mike McCall 3-pointer with 6:49 left in the first half. The Billikens tied their largest lead when Mitchell buried another 3-pointer with five seconds left that made it 39-25.
SLU scored 24 points in the paint in the opening 20 minutes led by Evans with 10 and Conklin with 7.
The Dukes outscored the Billikens 9-3 to open the second half, pulling to within 42-34 on an Andre Marhold dunk before Evans, who finished with seven offensive rebounds, scored on back-to-back putbacks to give the Bills a 10-point cushion.
SLU put it away with an 11-0 run fueled by a pair of Loe 3-pointers that made it 63-44 with 7:20 left.
The lead reached 21 in the closing moments.
Saint Louis outrebounded Duquesne 35-21 in outscoring the Dukes 40-26 in the paint. SLU enjoyed a 19-5 advantage in second-chance points.
"They are a really good team," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "I'm disappointed we didn't take a few more charges, box out a little more and get more rebounds. We know what we're not doing, we just have to get back out on the court and do it."
Duquesne opens play in the Atlantic 10 Championship on Tuesday, March 6. DU's first round opponent and site will be determined at the conclusion of today's conference games.
With his 14 points, B.J. Monteiro passed Tony Petrarca (1,213) to move into the 23rd spot on DU's all-time leading scorers' list with 1,214 points.
Eric Evans went 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc in scoring 11 points ... the three 3-pointers tied his season high set earlier this season vs. Robert Morris ... his career high for 3-pointers is four.
Duquesne wore their "third jersey" red uniforms for the first time this season.