Dayton Downs Dukes, 78-69

Aaron Jackson

Senior Aaron Jackson kept his consecutive game streak going at 103 and scored 18 points and sophomore Bill Clark had 19, but the Dukes (12-5, 3-1) saw their winning streak stopped at seven as Dayton (16-2, 2-1) took the Atlantic 10 Conference game, 78-69, Saturday evening at the Palumbo Center on Player Reunion Night.

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Jackson, who missed all practices after getting injured in the second half of Wednesday's game, was 7-of-13 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, and had four assists in 37 minutes of action. The Connecticut native has played in every game with the Dukes since joining the team in the fall of 2005.

Clark also had five assists, three steals, two rebounds and one block.

Sophomore Damian Saunders added 13 points, five assists and a block. Also from the Nutmeg State, Saunders led the team with seven rebounds and four steals.

Dayton went 11 deep with 10 players seeing at least 11 minutes of action. Bigger UD took the rebounding battle, 36-30, the first time in the last eight games where DU didn't either win the battle of the boards or come out one rebound short. The Flyers committed 24 turnovers which DU converted into 26 points. (DU's 17 led to 20 points.)

Eight Dukes saw action, seven for 12 minutes or more.

Down, 7-2, two minutes into play, Duquesne ran off nine straight points, seven of which came off UD turnovers, for an 11-7 lead.

After UD retied the game at 11-all, Clark hit a pair of treys to return the Dukes' lead to six, 17-11, their largest of the evening.

This time the Flyers ran off seven straight, taking an 18-17 lead after Marcus Johnson's dunk.

The lead seesawed from then on. There were a total of 10 lead changes and six ties in the first half with the Flyers holding a one point edge at the half, 39-38, on Rob Lowery's drive to the basket.

Duquesne had a chance to tie or go ahead with five seconds left but sophomore reserve forward David Theis missed both chances at the free throw line.

Dayton ran off the first eight points of the second half before Jackson hit Saunders for a wide open dunk, the score 47-40 with 15:46 to go in the game.

The Dukes cut the lead to three, first at 52-49 on a pair of Clark free throws, and then at 56-53 after Theis hit a wide open Clark under the basket and then putback B.J. Monteiro's miss with 8:41 to go.

Dayton answered with a 12-4 run for their largest lead, 70-58, 3:30 remaining in the game. The Dukes could only get within seven after that.

The Flyers had five players in double figures led by Lowery's 16 points. Sophomore Chris Wright had 15, junior Marcus Johnson and freshman Luke Fabrizius added 11 points each, while a third frosh, Chris Johnson scored 10. Chris Johnson had a game-high nine rebounds, Lowery and junior Kurt Huelsman had three assists apiece, Marcus Johnson had four steals with Wright blocking two shots.

The Dukes are on the road for the next two games, first versus Saint Joseph's (8-7, 2-0) in the Palestra on Wednesday, January, 21, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. and then in the Bronx versus Fordham (2-13, 0-3) on Sunday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. in a nationally televised broadcast by CBS College Sports. This will the first of four games for the Dukes this season on CBS CS, previously known as CSTV.

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