Dukes Topped at Dayton, 78-72, in Overtime

Damian Saunders

Junior Damian Saunders' 13th double-double of the season wasn't enough to end Dayton's 28-game UD Arena home winning streak as the Flyers dropped the Dukes, 78-72, in overtime Saturday afternoon.

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Duquesne had an opportunity to win the game with 3.1 seconds left in regulation. Senior Jason Duty, normally a solid shooter, made only one of three from the charity stripe after putting a UD player in the air prior to his 'shot.' However, it was good enough to tie the game at 63-all and give the Dukes a second chance in overtime.

Dayton scored seven points in the opening minutes of OT. Duquesne came back but couldn't get within striking distance of the lead.

    Duquesne's women's basketball team opened its A-10 season today versus Charlotte at the Palumbo Center and won, 70-68, in two overtimes. (GameTracker)

Damian Saunders had 21 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Freshman Sean Johnson added 14 points. Sophomore Melquan Bolding, in his second game since wrist surgery, had 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 36 minutes off the bench. Duty, with three treys, had 12 points.

Freshman Eric Evans led the Pittsburgh version of the Red & Blue with six assists and scored nine points. His assist / turnover ratio was 3.00. Bolding's two steals were the best in the game, somewhat of a surprise considering the impressive, tight defenses played by both teams.

Dayton, which like Richmond also has red and blue as the team colors, shot 38.3 percent (23/60) becoming the 13th team that DU's defense has held under the 40.0% mark this season. DU hit 26-of-69 for 37.7 percent.

The Dukes scored 19 points off 18 Dayton turnovers but had 15 miscues which led to 12 UD points. The Flyers won the rebounding battle, 50-43. UD had 20 offensive rebounds, DU 15.

Duquesne had six steals to UD's one. DU, with one assist fewer than turnovers, had an a/to ratio 0.93; Dayton's was 0.72.

Dayton (11-4, 1-0 A-10) had two players record double-doubles this afternoon. Star junior Chris Wright had 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and Dayton's lone steal. But the game ball will go to sophomore Chris Johnson with career-highs of 26 points and 20 rebounds. Senior Marcus Johnson added 11 points. Classmate London Warren had a game-best eight assists.

Duquesne, which is now 9-7, 0-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play, returns to the Palumbo Center for its next game versus Saint Louis on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. EST. The Billikens are 9-5 with their first league game, versus the Spiders, currently in progress.

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