Box Score Jan. 16, 2016
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PITTSBURGH - Micah Mason scored 27 points and Derrick Colter added 23 points and 9 assists as Duquesne handed St. Bonaventure its first Atlantic 10 loss by a 95-88 count at Palumbo Center.
The victory - DU's ninth in 10 home games - upped the Dukes' record to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the Atlantic 10.
The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Bonnies who dropped to 12-4 and 4-1 in the A-10.
There were five ties and nine lead changes in a first half which saw the Dukes score the first eight points. SBU answered with a 16-7 run over the next 3:23 to take their first lead of the game on a Jaylen Adams layup. The half ended with a Nelson Kaputo 3-pointer at the horn that gave St. Bonaventure a 37-36 lead.
DU led for over 15 of the opening 20 minutes.
There were three more ties and two more lead changes before the Bonnies got back-to-back 3-pointers from Marcus Posley and Adams to take a 61-57 lead with 10:19 left.
Colter answered with a three and Mason added a jumper to ignite a 7-0 Duquesne run over the next 1:15 which gave the Dukes a lead they would not relinquish.
The Dukes upped the lead to 70-63 when Darius Lewis scored on the break off a pass from Mason at the 6:03 mark.
Colter's 3-pointer with 4:08 left gave Duquesne its first double-digit lead at 77-66. An Eric James 3-pointer gave the Dukes their largest lead at 82-69 with 2:32 to go.
Duquesne, led by Colter, assisted on 23 of 32 field goals.
DU shot .667 and turned it over just six times in scoring 59 points in the second half.
L.G. Gill had a career-high 12 rebounds for the Dukes who outrebounded the Bonnies 49-34.
"It was a great team effort from everybody tonight," said head coach Jim Ferry. "TySean [Powell] and Nakye [Sanders] really stepped up with Darius [Lewis] and L.G. [Gill] in foul trouble in the first half."
Powell scored 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench and Sanders grabbed three rebounds in nine minutes of play.
"We really stepped up and made our free throws. That's huge, that's a sign of a team that is getting mature and are able to win games late."
The Dukes finished 24-of-31 from the foul line, include 11 straight down the stretch.
Duquesne plays the first of back-to-back games in Virginia when it heads to Richmond to face VCU (13-5, 5-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7:00 (MASN). The Dukes will stay on the road to face George Mason in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
- The win, which snapped a three-game St. Bonaventure series win streak, upped Duquesne's home record to 9-1.
- With his 23 points Derrick Colter passed B.B. Flenory (1,382) and Courtney Wallace (1,394) to move into the 16th spot on DU's all-time scoring list ... Colter, who has started every game in his Duquesne career (109 in a row), has 1,399 points.
- The win was the 299th for Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry.
- The Dukes had five double-digit scorers for the first time since Dec. 1 vs. Mississippi Valley State.