Old Dominion Crushes Duquesne, 86-60

Eric Evans

Duquesne, before a crowd of 1,843 on the last day of finals, was soundly beaten by the Colonial Athletic Association's Old Dominion, 86-60, Wednesday evening at the Palumbo Center.

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This was a disappointing effort after the Dukes had battled West Virginia Saturday in a game the Red and Blue could have won. An off night for sure.

The defeat brings Duquesne's non-conference record to 5-4 with four more remaining before the Atlantic 10 schedule begins.

Old Dominion (5-3), which earlier picked up A-10 victories over Charlotte and Richmond, extended its winning streak to four.

Freshman Eric Evans was the only Dukes in double figures with a career best 18 points. Damian Saunders had nine rebounds and Aaron Jackson dished out seven assists.

Jason Duty opened the Dukes' scoring with a pair of treys to lead a (then) running, hustling Duquesne squad to 13-4 lead before Old Dominion ran off nine straight to knot the game at 13.

Marsharee Neely hit a fastbreak layup to give the visitors a 27-26 edge with 6:25 left. Duty's third three-pointer gave the Dukes' their last lead, 29-27, with 5:01 on the clock.

The Monarchs broke a 31-31 tie with a quick 8-0 run. The margin at the half was 42-36.

Duquesne went smaller to start the second half with Evans joining Duty and Jackson in the backcourt and got within two, the last at 46-44 three minutes into the half. ODU scored 11 straight for a 57-44 edge before Bill Clark's made the deficit 10 with 12-and-a-half to go.

Old Dominion, which had five players in double figures, extended the lead into the 20s and won going away. Gerald Lee led with 15. Ben Finney pulled down eight rebounds and tied Jackson with seven setups.

The Dukes return to action Saturday, December 20, 2008, when the Conference USA's Rice visits for a 7:00 p.m. game at Palumbo.

Notes:

  • Duquesne missed the first five attempts from the free throw line. Melquan Bolding hit his second to make it 1-6 with 10:03 left. The final number, 3-of-8. ODU was 15-of-26.
  • Walk-ons Lucas Newton and Jimmy Sherwood, earlier today announced their decisions to transfer.
  • Old Dominion assisted on 25 of their 33 baskets, had 8 turnovers (just 2 in the 2nd half) to DU's 16, and outrebounded DU 35-26.

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