Dukes Lose Regular Season Finale to Dayton, 73-69
March 6, 2004
Ramod Marshall scored a career-high 33 points to lead Dayton to a 73-69 win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center in the regular-season finale for both teams. Jimmy Tricco, playing his final home game, led the Dukes with 18 points.
The first half was a seesaw affair with two ties and four lead changes in the first 16 minutes. With the score tied 32-32, Dayton took control by scoring the final seven points of the half to take a 39-32 lead. Marshall, who hit five of his six 3-pointers in the first half, hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to finish the opening 20 minutes with 21 points.
The Dayton lead reached as much as 13 with 9:14 to go, before Duquesne battled back to cut the lead to three on a Jimmy Tricco 3-pointer with 35 seconds left. On the next possession, Marshall missed a pair of free throws turning the ball back over to the Dukes with the score 72-69. Duquesne ran the clock down to 13 seconds before calling a timeout. Bryant McAllister, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, was able to get off a 3-point attempt from the left corner off the inbound pass, but the ball hit off the back rim and was rebounded by Dayton's Mark Jones. Jones was fouled with nine seconds left and hit one of two for the final margin.
Dayton big men Sean Finn (13 points) and Keith Waleskowski (11 points), who combined for 37 in UD's 70-58 win over Duquesne earlier this season, were limited to 24 points, but it was Marshall, who finished 6-of-7 from the 3-point arc, that did the damage. Dayton outrebounded Duquesne 43-30 and outshot the Dukes 43.4 percent to 41.9 percent. Martin Osimani handed out a game-high nine assists for the Dukes, who finished with just 10 turnovers. Dayton's Finn led all rebounders with 11.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee:
Duquesne senior guard/forward Jimmy Tricco: