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No. 19 Dayton rallies late for 76-74 win over Duquesne

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Scoochie Smith hit a 3-pointer that put No. 19 Dayton ahead to stay as the Flyers overcame a late 12-point deficit and beat Duquesne 76-74 on Tuesday night.

The Flyers (20-3, 10-1 Atlantic 10) got their eighth straight win by going on a closing 19-5 run. Smith’s 3-pointer from the top of the arc put Dayton ahead 73-70 with 46 seconds left, and the Dukes (15-9, 5-6) never pulled even again. Smith hit a free throw with 2.7 seconds left.

Charles Cooke led Dayton with 22 points and Smith added 14.

Micah Mason had 27 points for Duquesne. Derrick Colter had 19 of his 21 in the second half.

Dayton took the court with its highest regular-season ranking since Nov. 19, 2009. The Flyers hadn’t been ranked so highly this late in the regular season since Feb. 15, 1968.

They needed their home-court advantage to pull it out. They have won 35 of their last 36 at home, and have won 20 straight A-10 games at Dayton Arena.

Mason missed the Dukes’ 66-58 loss to the Flyers on Jan. 2 with an ankle injury. He made the difference early, hitting his first three shots from beyond the arc and his first five overall. He had 13 points as the Dukes pulled ahead 28-16, making 12 of their first 17 shots overall against the A-10’s stingiest defense.

Sam Miller had two 3s and a follow-up basket as Dayton went on an 11-0 run. The Dukes went more than 4 minutes without a basket, helping Dayton pull into a 35-35 tie at halftime.

The Flyers opened the second half with a 10-2 run featuring a layup, a free throw and a 3-pointer by Kyle Davis.

Colter, the Dukes’ leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, made only one of his six shots in the first half. He rallied the Dukes after Dayton’s opening run in the second half, making two 3s and a three-point play as the Dukes pulled ahead 56-53 midway through the half.

Two 3-pointers by Mason pushed the lead to 69-57 with 5:41 to go, but the Dukes couldn’t hold on.

TECHNICAL ISSUE

Duquesne coach Jim Ferry got a technical foul while yelling at referee Tony Chiazza after one of the Dukes was called for a foul with 3:48 left in the first half.

TIP-INS

Duquesne: The Dukes are 47-118 all-time against ranked teams. They beat No. 10 Saint Louis 71-64 on Feb. 27, 2014, and lost to No. 17 VCU 70-64 on Jan. 17, 2015, in their last two.

Dayton: Dyshawn Pierre had only six points, ending his streak of nine consecutive games in double figures. Pierre missed the first part of the season under a university suspension, but has played in the last 12 games, starting 10.

UP NEXT

Duquesne: Hosts Massachusetts on Sunday.

Dayton: Plays at Rhode Island on Friday.

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VIDEO: Gibbs, Sullivan lead Davidson past Duquesne

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In a matchup of two teams jockeying for position in the middle of the Atlantic 10 standings, Davidson beat Duquesne 93-82 in Pittsburgh with guards Jack Gibbs and Brian Sullivan leading the way.

Gibbs, who has three games of 40 points or more to his credit this season, scored 25 points and Sullivan added 22 for the Wildcats, who in total had five players score in double figures. Davidson shot 12-for-26 from beyond the arc and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds on the afternoon as they moved to 5-5 in Atlantic 10 play.

Duquesne, which is now also 5-5 in the A-10, was led offensively by the guard tandem of Derrick Colter and Micah Mason. Colter scored 23 points and Mason 22 for the Dukes, who shot 13-for-34 from beyond the arc.

Duquesne’s 30-hour bus ride finally comes to an end

Duquesne men's NCAA college basketball coach Jim Ferry speaks to reporters during Atlantic 10 media day in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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More than 30 hours after they began their trek from Fairfax, Virginia to Pittsburgh, the Duquesne men’s basketball program finally made it back to the Steel City.

This was a wild situation for Jim Ferry’s team, which beat George Mason in overtime Friday afternoon. With the game tipping off at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, the hope was that they’d be able to beat out Winter Storm Jonas and get back home before conditions got too nasty.

Unfortunately for Duquesne their bus was stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike some 80 miles away from home…and they didn’t move for 22 hours. The bus had plenty of gas so they were able to keep it running and heated, and managers made a food run Saturday afternoon. Eventually some players, coaches and support staff members were able to provide the final push needed to get the bus moving.

As one would expect, the travel party was thrilled with the fact that the bus was finally moving. The Duquesne Dukes were on their way home…at last.

30 hours and 24 minutes after the trip from Fairfax to Pittsburgh began, Duquesne was finally back on campus.

VIDEO: Dayton clamps down on Duquesne, wins A-10 opener

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Charles Cooke scored 21 points to lead the way offensively for the Dayton Flyers, as they won their Atlantic 10 opener at Duquesne by the final score of 66-58. Cooke was the lone Flyer to score in double figures on an afternoon in which their defense was the story of the game. Dayton limited Duquesne to 32.7 percent shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers, converting those mistakes into 18 points on the other end.

Dayton wasn’t much better offensively, shooting 36.5 percent, but their ability to manufacture points through their defense made the difference. Duquesne’s Derrick Colter, the team’s leading scorer on the season, led Jim Ferry’s Dukes with 14 points but he did not have his best day. Colter shot 2-for-12 from the field and committed eight turnovers, with Dayton’s guards making things difficult for him throughout.

Dayton reserves Darrell Davis and Sam Miller scored nine points apiece, and Dyshawn Pierre grabbed ten rebounds in his second game of the season for the 11-2 Flyers.

POSTERIZED: Duquesne’s TySean Powell dunks on overmatched defender in Ireland

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Jim Ferry’s Duquesne Dukes are one of many teams taking summer trips to foreign countries this summer, as they’re currently taking in the sights and playing some exhibition games in Ireland. And during the team’s 100-54 victory over the Neptune Basketball Club Saturday, the opposition learned a lesson about challenging 6-foot-6 forward TySean Powell at the rim.

Powell threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk over a Neptune defender who looked to be caught deciding whether to take the charge or challenge the dunk. Give the man credit for not running out of the way at least.

And what makes this dunk even better? Watch the reaction of the fan in the white polo at the bottom of the screen. That’s not a Ric Flair walk, but it’s pretty doggone good (the referee on the baseline had a solid reaction as well).

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Duquesne assistant remains in Philadelphia hospital after being hit by a car Tuesday

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Duquesne picked up one of its biggest wins of the season Saturday afternoon, as they beat Dayton 83-73 in Pittsburgh. However the program was without one of its assistants, as John Rhodes remains hospitalized in Philadelphia after he was hit by a car on Tuesday. The team was in Philadelphia for their matchup with La Salle.

According to Chris Harlan of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, among the injuries suffered by Rhodes were a “severely broken leg and a “slight” fracture in his neck.” During his postgame press conference Saturday, also noted that Rhodes was due to begin treatment this week after being diagnosed with cancer three weeks ago.

“He’s doing better,” Ferry said. “He’s out of the ICU. He’s scheduled to have surgery again on Monday. He’s pretty banged up. But as everybody in this room knows, ‘Big John’ is probably the most positive person out there. He’s been more positive about it to us than we have to him.”

Associate head coach Brian Nash and assistant Rich Glesmann are the other coaches on Ferry’s staff.