#DUQMBB Falls to Richmond, 76-64 at A-10 Championship
March 13, 2014
BROOKLYN, NY - Terry Allen scored 27 points and Kendall Anthony added 23 to lead No. 7 seed Richmond to a 76-64 win over No. 10 Duquesne in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Richmond (19-13) moves on to face No. 2 seed #23 (AP) ranked VCU (24-7) Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Duquesne, which was led by Ovie Soko's 23 points and 13 rebounds, finished its season at 13-17.
Richmond scored the first nine points of the second half to open up a 15-point lead before Soko scored DU's first field goal at the 16:06 mark.
Duquesne continued to struggle as the UR lead reached 19 on an Anthony 3-pointer with 10:26 left.
The Spiders led 63-42 with 6:24 remaining before a Derrick Colter 3-pointer started a 17-5 run that saw the Dukes pull to within 68-59 on a Soko 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining.
Richmond scored six of its final eight points from the foul line to maintain a double-digit lead for the final 1:19.
The Spiders, who outshot the Dukes .463 to .422, outscored DU 18-4 from the foul line.
"We only got eight free throws on the game, and they got 26 and we got outrebounded" said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "When we win games, we usually dominate those two areas."
"You have to credit them defensively for locking in on him [Mason]," said Ferry. "They funneled us to the inside. Micah passed the ball well today, but we needed him to score and he really didn't have any open looks. He's a good basketball player and he's not going to force shots. Ovie and Domo [Dominique McKoy] scored for us interior-wise, but we really lacked that third and fourth scorer tonight."
Richmond hit four early 3-pointers in jumping out to a 19-7 lead as the Dukes hit just three of their first 12 shots. A pair of 3-pointers by Gill and a third by Colter helped Duquesne cut it to five with just under five minutes to go.
Trey Davis hit a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds left to make it 32-26 at the half.
Allen had 13 in the first 20 minutes for Richmond.
"This was a resilient group," said Ferry. "It takes time to rebuild a program, I've done it before. When you're in such a monster of a league it takes some time, because there are some great players and great coaches. You need multiple recruiting classes.
"It took us a little while to get going, but by the end of the year we were playing pretty good basketball. Prior to tonight, I thought we were playing some of the best basketball in this league. We played close to UMass, we could have won that game. We beat Saint Louis and went on the road and beat George Mason in what was a big game. I think the experience of being able to grind it at the end of the year and make a run and finish in 10th in a great league is an accomplishment for a young group. We just have to be able to build on that with recruiting classes, maturity and growth."
Duquesne's largest lead was 2-0, 51 seconds into the game ... Richmond's largest lead was 21 (55-34) with 10:03 left ... there were two ties and three lead changes before Terry Allen gave the Spiders the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 15:52 left in the first half.
Senior Ovie Soko, who scored 564 points in 88 games at UAB over three seasons, finished with 551 points in his one season at Duquesne (30g.) ... the 551 points were the most by a Duquesne player since Aaron Jackson's 657 in 2009 ... they are the most by a non-guard since Derrick Alston scored 639 in 1994.
Soko posted his 19th career double-double (23-13) ... it was his eighth double-double this season ... Soko's 13 rebounds tied his season high reached four times.
Soko attempted three free throws, bringing his season total to 289 ... his 9.63 free throws per game broke the school record of 9.56 set by All-American Sihugo Green in 1956 ... Soko's 195 makes and 289 attempts easily broke the single-season mark for both that was set by Green in `56 (180-258).
With his two assists, sophomore Colter became the fifth player in school history to post 100 or more assists in his first two seasons ... Colter, who had 101 this year, handed out 156 as a freshman.
Micah Mason, who entered the game as the nation's leading 3-point shooter (.570), went 0-of-2 from the arc in going scoreless ... it was the second time this season he went both scoreless and without a 3-pointer (he was 0-of-4 from the field, all 3-point attempts at VCU on Jan. 18) ... Mason finished the year 65-of-116 (.560) from 3-point for the season ... his 3-point percentage tied the 10th-best single season mark in NCAA history.
The Dukes were held to season lows for free throws made (4) and attempted (8) ... the four makes tied the Ferry Era low set last year vs. Pitt.