- The win guarantees a winning season for Duquesne moving their record to 16-7.
- The win over Dayton is Ron Everhart's 200th career victory
The Dukes played poorly in the 1st half but they hung around and only trailed by 5 at the break. In the 2nd half Dayton's mistakes started to catch up with them. Dayton ended the game shooting 6-17 from the free throw line (35%) and they turned the ball over 17 times. The Dukes played smart basketball and took advantage of Dayton's mistakes to claw back and hold onto a big win. Dayton only scored 22 points in the 2nd half.
The Dukes ended the game with 21 assists and only 7 turnovers. The Dukes scored 19 points off of Dayton turnovers. Aaron Jackson was by far the star of the game for Duquesne, in his 38 minutes of playing time tonight Aaron had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 offensive rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 0 turnovers. Shawn James hit back to back 3's at the end of the game to help give the Dukes a late game 5 point lead. James 2nd 3 was the biggest shot of the season for Duquesne.
Kojo Mensah may not have had a big scoring night but he played very smart, he ended the game with 8 points, 7 assists, and 0 turnovers. Kojo's intelligent play was a key tonight. Kieron Achara played well again tonight ending the game with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 0 turnovers.
Ron Everhart has said that the Dukes played "poorly" twice during the post game interview. Come on Ron, enjoy the win!
Dayton's RPI coming into tonight's game was 15th, the Dukes were 93rd. I can't wait to see the Dukes RPI tomorrow.
Duquesne hosts Richmond on Saturday night at the AJ Palumbo Center. I will be at the game and plan on having pregame and postgame adult beverages at Shale's. I invite any Duquesne fans to join me for a drink, I'll be the guy in the Norm Nixon throwback jersey.