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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

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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.

LATE NIGHT SNACKS: George Washington comes back, Wright St. wins

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Northern Kentucky 82, UIC 69 (OT)

The shorthanded Flames managed to get this game to overtime but they were unable to get the win on the road. Cole Murray led three NKU starters in double figures with 21 points while also grabbing five rebounds, and Lavone Holland II added 19 points and seven assists. UIC’s Dikembe Dixson led all scores with 24 points to go along with ten rebounds on the night.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES 

George Washington 62, Rhode Island 58: Mike Lonergan’s team trailed by as much as 18 in the first half, but they managed to come back and beat the Rams in the nation’s capital. Tyler Cavanaugh scored 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds and Patricio Garino added ten points for the Colonials, who are now 4-2 in Atlantic 10 play. Jarvis Garrett led URI with 15 points, but disadvantages in second-chance points (13-2) and points from the foul line (25-6) proved costly for the visitors.

Stony Brook 69, Albany 63: The Seawolves scored the game’s final seven points, beating the Great Danes in the teams’ first meeting since last year’s America East title game. Carson Puriefoy scored 20 points and Jameel Warney 17 for Steve Pikiell’s team, but the late-game contributions of Rayshaun McGrew (11 points, 13 rebounds) should not be overlooked either. Evan Singletary and Ray Sanders scored 14 points apiece to lead the way offensively for Albany, which now trails Stony Brook by two games in the America East standings.

Wright State 73, Valparaiso 62: Billy Donlon’s Raiders began the season 3-7. Since then they’ve won nine of their last ten, with the most recent being an 11-point home win over Valparaiso. Wright State, now tied with the Crusaders atop the Horizon League, scored 51 second-half points and Joe Thomasson accounted for 21 points and eight rebounds in the win.

STARRED

Duquesne’s Micah Mason: Mason scored 23 points and dished out five assists in the Dukes’ 86-75 win at George Mason.

Fairfield’s Curtis Cobb and Marist’s Brian Parker: 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the Stags’ 88-76 win at Marist. As for Parker, he accounted for 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a losing effort.

STRUGGLED

Toledo’s Jonathan Williams: Williams scored just three points in the Rockets’ loss at NIU, shooting 1-for-12 from the field.

UIC’s three-point shooting: The Flames shot just 1-for-12 from three in their overtime loss at Northern Kentucky.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Northern Illinois strengthened its standing atop the MAC West with a 58-49 win over Toledo. Mark Montgomery’s team is now 16-3 on the season, as Travon Baker led the way with 21 points and nine rebounds.
  • Iona managed to not allow a big lead to completely slip away at home, as they held off Saint Peter’s 64-58 to grab sole possession of first place in the MAAC. Isaiah Williams scored 19 points and Dayshonee Much 17 for the Gaels.
  • Yale completed a season sweep of Brown with a 90-66 win in Providence. Brandon Sherrod shot 9-for-9 from the field, scoring 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds to lead the way for the Bulldogs.