St. Bonaventure hands Duquesne 9th-consecutive loss

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OLEAN, NY -- The Duquesne Dukes were once again on the cusp of a win, but once again they failed to make enough plays down the stretch to actually get over the top and get that win.

As a result, St. Bonaventure handed the Dukes their 9th-consecutive loss, 68-60, before a crowd of 4,991 today at the Reilly Center.

Duquesne twice pulled to within four points in the final three minutes -- at both 62-58 and 64-60 -- but both times they could not convert an opportunity to pull closer, and the Bonnies were able to seal the win at the free throw line.

The Dukes (7-14, 0-7 in the Atlantic 10) shot the ball well from the perimeter -- they were 11-of-24 from the 3-point line -- but they were outrebounded by 11, turned the ball over ten times in the first half and missed the front end of one-and-one free throws twice at critical points in the game.

All of it added up to another night of frustration for Duquesne, which has not won a game since Dec. 19.

The Dukes had four players reach double figures, including Jeremiah Jones, Kadeem Pantophlet and Sean Johnson, who each had 11.

One bright spot for the Dukes beyond the 3-point shooting was the play of reserve -- actually deep reserve -- center Derrick Martin, who came off the bench and played a career-high 15 minutes and contributed two steals, two blocks, a rebound and a basket.

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Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com or Twitter: @paulzeise.


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