Hawks Down Duquesne in Season Finale, 79-63
March 4, 2006
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pat Calathes scored a career-high 17 points off the bench, and Saint Joseph's won its season-high fifth consecutive game with a 79-63 victory over Duquesne in Danny Nee's final game as the Dukes' head coach.
Nee, 60, resigned Friday with two years remaining on his contract. He was 42-102 in five seasons at Duquesne. Nee is 410-380 in 26 seasons as a head coach at Ohio University, Nebraska, Robert Morris and Duquesne.
Saint Joseph's (15-12, 9-7 Atlantic 10) clinched a winning season, its sixth in a row under head coach Phil Martelli.
Rob Ferguson added 16 points for the Hawks, Dwayne Lee had 15 and Abdulai Jalloh 14. Ferguson made all seven of his shots. Calathes, who also had a game-high eight rebounds and four assists, scored 13 of his points in the second half.
The Hawks were awaiting the result of the Saint Louis-La Salle game Saturday afternoon to see whether they would earn the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the A-10 conference tournament.
A La Salle loss would give Saint Joseph's the bye. La Salle would clinch the fourth seed with a win.
Duquesne (3-24, 1-15) lost its ninth consecutive game and ended its worst season. Nee's best season was in 2003-04, when he led the Dukes to a 12-17 record and first-round win in the conference tournament.
Bryant McAllister, trying to win the A-10 scoring title, led Duquesne with 22 points. He entered the game averaging 19.6 points per game, trailing La Salle's Steven Smith (19.8 ppg). McAllister scored 14 points in the first half. He moved into eighth place on Duquesne's all-time scoring list with 1,546 points.
The Hawks have won the past nine meetings against Duquesne and 15 of the past 16.
DUQUESNE HEAD COACH Danny Nee: "I am grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to coach at Duquesne. I thought it was an honor to serve. You just move on. You make choices in life. I made a choice on Friday, the University was very fair with me and I just thought the best thing for the University and for Danny Nee was to resign, and that's what I did. I made a choice and I'm very comfortable with it.
"I think that the leadership of Dr. Dougherty and Greg Amodio and how they handled me and treated me in the last 48 hours shows me they're headed in the right direction. I'm convinced of that.
"This is a business - and you guys well know - you have to win. There's a lot at stake and I'm no different than any coach in America. There's going to be a lot more guys taking this route. Its a tough, tough business and I've been in it a long time. I'm not done coaching, but I have to take a step back.
"I think Greg is going to go out and find a really good quality young coach who is going to have to come in and roll up his sleeves and he's going to need help."