Charlotte Rallies to Defeat Dukes in Overtime

March 6, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Chris Braswell scored 24 of his game-high 28 points after the half, including a big bucket with 18 seconds left in overtime, to lead Charlotte to a come-from-behind 89-87 win over Duquesne at Palumbo Center in the final Atlantic 10 meeting between the schools.

Charlotte (19-10, 7-8), which is joining Conference USA next season, trailed by 17 with 10:42 left before sending it to overtime on a Braswell layup with 6.6 seconds left in regulation.

Derrick Colter had 21 points and 11 assists and Sean Johnson added 20 for the Dukes (8-21, 1-14) who went 21-of-36 from the foul line in dropping their eighth in a row at home.

Pierria Henry (18-10) and Terrence Williams (15-12) both posted double-doubles for the 49ers who are fighting for a top 12 seed and invitation to the Atlantic 10 Championship.

"That one really hurts," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "We've shown resiliency all year even though we haven't been very good. I thought our guys really came back and played really, really hard today with great focus. We got up on a team that was fighting to get in the [A-10] tournament, and we just showed our youth in not being able to finish a game. Obviously you can't miss 15 free throws. We just left the door open for a team to come back and win the game, and they took it."

Duquesne missed eight of its first nine shots in falling behind 14-5, before Kadeem Pantophlet scored nine consecutive points on a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around a three-point play and Johnson added a layup to tie it at 16-16.

The score was tied four more times before Colter went on a tear, scoring 12 points in the final 3:57, including a jumper at the horn, to give the Dukes a 39-32 halftime lead.

DU took its first double-digit lead at 48-38 lead when Colter, who became just the fourth freshman in school history to top 10 assists in a game, found Martins Abele for a dunk forcing a Charlotte timeout with 14:20 left.

The Dukes built the lead to 17 at the 10:42 mark on a Colter jumper before Charlotte cut it to five on a 3-pointer and three-point play by Braswell with just over five minutes left.

The 49ers pulled to within four on a Williams free throw at the 2:44 mark and after a pair of missed Colter free throws cut it to two with just over two minutes left. Johnson turned it over setting up an Ivan Benkovic 3-pointer that gave Charlotte a 72-71 lead. Quevyn Winters and Colter hit back-to-back 3-pointers before Braswell hit a layup to make it 77-76 with 38 seconds left.

Johnson made one of two free throws with 15 seconds to go to set up Braswell's game-tying layup.

Braswell staked Charlotte to a four-point lead on a pair of free throws early in overtime. Winters tied it at 86-86 on a 3-pointer with under a minute to go before Braswell scored from deep in the paint with 18 seconds left. Duquesne turned it over twice before Braswell added a free throw with two seconds left. Johnson hit one free throw with one second left and missed the second on purpose, but the Dukes could not corral the rebound as time expired.

Duquesne concludes the season at Richmond on Saturday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.


• The win snapped a four-game Duquesne series win streak ... Charlotte's last series win was Mar. 2, 2008 in Pittsburgh.

• The Dukes dropped their eighth in a row at home to finish the season with a 6-9 home record ... DU's last home win was Dec. 19 over Western Michigan (71-66).

Derrick Colter, who finished with 11 assists, became the 16th player in school history - and fourth freshman - to post 10 or more assists in a game ... with the effort, Colter passed Kenya Hunter (148 in 1993) to move into the No. 2 spot on DU's freshman assists list with 155 ... Clayton Adams set the DU freshman record of 163 in 32 games in 1988.

• With his 20 points, senior guard Sean Johnson passed former teammate B.J. Monteiro (1,227 from 2009-12) to take over the No. 23 spot on DU's all-time scoring list ... Johnson now has 1,236 points in 122 games ... he enters his final game needing five points to pass Kieron Achara (1,240 from 2004-08) and move into the No. 22 spot ... Johnson's 122 games played rank third on Duquesne's all-time list behind Damian Saunders (127) and Bill Clark (126).

• With his three 3-pointers, forward Quevyn Winters (53-140) passed Tony Petrarca (52-122 in 1987) to move into the second spot on the list for most 3-pointers made in a season by a Duquesne freshman ... the record holder is Tom Pipkins who went 58-170 from the arc as a freshman in 1994.




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