Jan. 5, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Duquesne (8-5) built up a double-digit lead early in the game and stopped Saint Joseph's (5-9) second-half rally, to defeat the Hawks, 75-63, in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams at Hagan Arena. Bill Clark scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Dukes to their first win on SJU's campus since February 15, 1992.
Saint Joseph's was paced by freshman Ronald Roberts who notched career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds, to become the first Hawk to record a double-double this season.
Duquesne, which averages over 80 points per game, took control from the start and by the 13:50 mark, held an 18-8 lead. The Dukes forced the Hawks into 12 turnovers and a 9-for-24 shooting effort, building the lead up to 31-15 with 8:55 to play. Free throws by Damian Saunders gave DU a 42-22 lead with 1:56 left in the half and at the visitors led 42-26 at the intermission.
Duquesne took its biggest lead of the game, 56-33, on a dunk by Clark at 14:21, but the Hawks would put together a 13-1 run to close the gap, beginning with a three from Galloway. Roberts would contribute four points, three rebounds and three blocks in the spurt, which ended with a layup by Carl Jones to pull the Hawks within 57-46 at 6:56.
But Clark answered with back-to-back three pointers to increase Duquesne's margin to 63-48 with 5:50 remaining. Saint Joseph's cut the deficit to 11 points one more time, 72-61, on a tip-in by Galloway, but ran out of time as just 1:18 was left in the game.
"A key number going into the game was going to be turnovers. They're forcing 20 a game, so our game plan had to be 10 and under. If we can keep our turnovers under 10 than I would take every chance we have," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli of his squad which recorded 19 turnovers. "Somebody asked me the key of the game and I said just catching and passing. If we just catch and pass this ball than we will be fine but we didn't do it."
Saunders added 17 points for Duquesne, which shot 48.1 percent from the field and made 10-of-20 three-pointers in the win.
Saint Joseph's closes out its three-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts George Washington (8-6; 1-0).