Dukes Hold Off Bonnies, 79-75

Jan. 23, 2003

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St. Bonaventure, New York -- - Duquesne held off a frantic comeback attempt by the host St. Bonaventure Bonnies Thursday night to secure a 79-75 Atlantic 10 interdivisional victory, the Dukes third in a row in conference play. Junior Candace Futrell paced the Dukes with 21 points. Senior Beth Friday added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds and junior Shiri Sharon added 10 points while dishing out a game-high eight assists. Friday, Futrell and Sharon each grabbed three steals each.

The win evens the Dukes' Atlantic 10 record to 3-3, 10-7 overall while St Bonaventure is now 4-13, 1-4 in conference play. The Bonnies were led by Becky Valenti who netted a career and game-high 22 points. Tory Vyborny and Courtney Mattingly added 15 points each.

The Dukes, who took a 43-32 lead to the halftime break, were able to maintain that spread at 60-49 before the Bonnies made their comeback attempt. The Bonnies used a 12-2 run to cut Duquesne's lead to 62-61 with 5:33 left. The Dukes responded with a 9-3 run to increase their edge to seven, 71-64, with 3:11 left. Bona used four foul shots to come within 71-68 with 2:18 left. A three-pointer by Bona guard Kristin McGhee with 12 seconds remaining cut the Bonnies deficit to three, 78-75, but that was the closest the Bonnies would come.

Both teams shot well tonight with the Dukes edging the Bonnies 50.9% to 49.0% from the floor. The host squad had the edge from behind the arc (52.6% - 42.9%) and from the free throw line (78.9% - 60.0%) but the Dukes topped the Bonnies with five more assists (21-16), two fewer turnovers (17-19), three more steals (10-7), one more block (2-1) and eight more rebounds (33-25). DU had 24 points off turnovers to the Bonnies 14 and eight fast break points to SBU's one.

The Dukes return home for a intraconference matchup this Sunday with Richmond at 2:OO p.m. at the Palumbo Center. Those not able to make the pre-Super Bowl action can catch the play-by-play over the internet at RedZoneMedia.com with Alex Panormios and Tad Maurey providing the action.



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