Duquesne Men Work Double Overtime to Defeat Canisius, 86-77

Dec. 16, 2009

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PITTSBURGH - B.J. Monteiro scored a career-high 27 points, including, a driving layup with 4.9 seconds left to force a first overtime, as Duquesne pulled out an 86-77 double-overtime win over Canisius at the Palumbo Center.

Duquesne, which outscored Canisius 14-5 in the second extra period, improved to 8-3. Canisius, which led by four with 50 seconds left in regulation, dropped to 4-5.

Bill Clark finished with 17 points and a career high-tying 14 rebounds and Damian Saunders added 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks for Duquesne.

Frank Turner led Canisius with 23 points.

"Its amazing how these kids fight to the death," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "I can't fault anyone on this ballclub. We got outplayed for the first 30 minutes. I don't know how good Canisius is, but tonight they were really tough."

Canisius, which led by as many as nine midway through the second half, took a 67-63 lead on a Turner free throw with 50 seconds left in regulation. Monteiro hit one of two free throws, before Canisius' Alshawn Hymes missed a pair at the 27 second mark. Saunders scored on a layup off a pass from Clark and after Greg Logins hit one of two free throws with 12 seconds left, Monteiro drove the lane to tie it with 4.9 seconds to go. Turner missed a contested 30-footer at the horn.

Both teams scored four points in the first overtime with Turner once again taking the final shot, this time it was a contested drive over an outstretched Saunders.

Eric Evans scored five of his 13 points and Monteiro added four in the second overtime.

Canisius, which shot 50 percent in building a 39-33 halftime lead, was held to 12-of-45 shooting (.267) in the second half and overtime. Duquesne, which was 15-of-29 from the foul line, hit 7-of-10 from the stripe in the second overtime.

DU shot .458 despite going 5-of-27 from the 3-point arc. The Dukes finished with 17 assists, nine turnovers, 11 blocks and nine steals.

There were a total of 10 ties and 14 lead changes in the game.

Duquesne heads to Indianapolis to face IUPUI (8-3) on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the Dukes and Jaguars.


• Duquesne has held 10 of its first 11 opponents under 40 percent from the field ... Canisius finished at 36.4 percent (28-of-77) after a 50 percent first half ... Duquesne shot 45.8 percent despite going 5-of-27 from the 3-point arc ... DU is 12-of-64 from the arc in its past three games.

Damian Saunders posted his seventh double-double of the season (10-11) ... he also added a career-high seven blocks in playing all 50 minutes.

Bill Clark posted his fourth career double-double with 17 points and a career high-tying 14 rebounds ... Clark also added five assists, three blocks and three steals in 50 minutes.

• Duquesne has won its past eight non-conference games at the Palumbo Center ... DU is now 15-3 in non-conference home games at the Palumbo Center over the past three seasons.

• This was Duquesne's third overtime game in 11 outings this season ... the school record for overtime games in a season is four done three times, last in 1993-94 (1976-77 & 1990-91 are the others) ... this is the first time Duquesne has played two multiple-overtime games in the same season (DU lost in double overtime to Pitt, 67-58, on Dec. 2).

• The game started 30 minutes late due to the Duquesne women's double-overtime 72-70 win in the first game of the women's/men's doubleheader.




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