Dukes Beat #19 Temple, 78-66

Healthy Eric Evans first start this season, 13 pts

Duquesne commits 19 turnovers in a men's basketball game against nationally-ranked Temple. The final score is 78-66. In this series, that normally would indicate DU kept it close. Only NOT THIS TEAM: this was the Dukes 6th win in a row. Duquesne scored first, had a 19-1 lead and a 17-point edge at the half on the way to the 12-point win Saturday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

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Duquesne (11-5, 3-0) was led by Bill Clark's 22 points, including 10-for-10 at the foul line. Eric Evans, in his first start this season, added 13, Mike Talley put in 11 and Damian Saunders scored 10 points in the victory.

Saunders' nine rebounds were one shy of a double-double, as did B.J. Monteiro who had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Dukes who out-rebounded Temple, 36-33.

Saunders also had three blocks, three assists and two steals. Monteiro, who had two blocks, tied T.J. McConnell with four assists to pace the Dukes.

Clark fed Saunders for the opening score, 21 seconds into the game and Mike Talley's trey capped DU's opening 10-0 run. Khalif Wyatt's 3-pointer was the Owls' first field goal in the first 12 minutes of the half. The score at the break was 40-23.

The first half stats show that TU was 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) from the field, half coming beyond the arc, but better with the clock stopped, hitting 13-of-18 from the free throw line. DU, which committed 14 of their 18 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, made 12-of-18 (66.7%) including 5-of-9 (55.6%) beyond the arc.

Temple scored the first six points after the break to get within 11 points before Talley's jump shot at 16:30 put the score at 42-29. Those 11 points were as close as the Owls could get today. Duquesne answered each cut into the score, even with Temple's full court press.

With 4:54 left, a Saunders' free throw made the score 66-52. Temple gained just two points in the final minutes (14-12).

The taller and bigger Owls had 14 points in the paint; the Dukes doubled that with 28. The Dukes had slight statistical advantages in second-chance scores and points-off-turnovers. Each team recorded 12 fastbreak points.

Ramone Moore led Temple (12-4, 3-1) with 18 points, all scored in the second half. Aaron Brown had a team-best six rebounds. All-A10 first teamer Lavoy Allen had six points, five rebounds, and two blocks in 35 minutes of action.

Duquesne next takes on another league program from the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, Pa.

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