Dukes Bow Out of A-10 Tourney, 65-53
March 9, 2005
In a rematch of a game a week ago, Fordham again held Duquesne to no three-pointers but this time the Rams brought the defense and rebounding as the Rams defeated the Dukes, 65-53, in a first round game of the 2005 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship Tournament at the U.S. Bank Arena. The win is Fordham's first ever win at the A-10 Tournament in its tenth season in the conference.
With the win the Rams improve to 13-15 on the year while the Dukes finish the year with an 8-22 mark. The 13 wins are the most for a Fordham team since the 1999-2000 squad won 14 games. Fordham advances to the quarterfinals where they will face George Washington University, the number one seed form the West Division, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Marcus Stout took it upon himself to make sure that the game didn't have the same outcome as a week ago when Duquesne upended the Rams 61-57 on FU's Senior Night. The freshman guard scored a career-high 31 points, hitting five of his eight three-point attempts to secure the win for the Rams.
The game was close throughout the first half with seven lead changes and four ties. The final tie came at 25 with 4:37 left and the Rams then outscored the Dukes 10-4 over the final three minutes with all ten points coming from Stout as Fordham took a 35-29 lead at the break. Stout scored 18 of his 31 points in the half.
Duquesne opened the second half by cutting Fordham's lead to two, 35-33, on a pair of Kieron Achara free throws 2:13 into the period but the Rams quickly regained an eight-point lead, 41-33, 3:30 later by scoring the next six points, four of those from Mushon Ya'akosi.
The Dukes again came back, cutting the Fordham advantage to four, 41-37, with 12 minutes left before the Rams went on a 7-2 run to take a 48-39 lead three minutes later. Stout led the Fordham run with five points.
But Duquesne wouldn't go away, scoring six unanswered points to cut the deficit to three, 48-45, with 7:25 remaining but the Rams came right back, netting nine consecutive points, six by Stout, to take a commanding 57-45 lead with 3:36 left.
The closest the Dukes would get from that point would be six, 57-51, on a pair of Bryant McAllister free throws with 1:13 remaining.
Stout added four rebounds and two steals for the Rams while Bryant Dunston finished with ten points, five rebounds and two blocks and Ya'akosi added eight points and ten rebounds.
McAllister led the Dukes with 19 points and seven rebounds while Achara added 12 points and ten rebounds. B-Mac was named to the A-10 second team yesterday while Achara was honored as the conference's Most Improved Player and was named to the All-Acdemic team.