Duquesne lost for the seventh time in a row tonight at the Palumbo Center but not before giving visiting St. Louis everything it could handle.
The Bilikens and Dukes were tied with just over four minutes to play but St. Louis, behind point guard Kwamain Mitchell, closed in impressive fashion and won, 73-64, before a sparse, yet enthusiastic, crowd.
The Dukes (7-12, 0-5 in the Atlantic 10) only trailed by one point -- 31-30 -- at the half and actually led 50-47 with 7:04 to play but just couldn't quite make enough plays to pull away and as a result the Bilikens came rolling back.
Mitchell, whose ability to drive to the basket and either score or kick to an open shooter, was a big reason for the Dukes breakdowns on defense down the stretch and poor shot selection hurt the Dukes on offense.
St. Louis (13-5, 2-2) broke the 55-55 tie on a jumper by Cody Ellis with 4:09 to play and that sparked a 14-1 run which blew the game open as the Bilikens led 69-56 with 1:13 to play on two free throws from Jordair Jett.
The Dukes did manage to get the score back to within single digits after 3-pointers by Jerry Jones and Derrick Colter but they were realistically just too far behind to catch up.
Dukes junior Jerry Jones recorded his first career double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Colter added 13 while Ellis led the Billikens with 16 points and Mitchell had 11 points and six assists.
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