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Dukes losing streak reaches nine after loss at St. Bonaventure

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Dukes unable to convert opportunities down the stretch in road loss

OLEAN, NY - Eric Mosley scored 14 points and Jordan Gathers added a career-high 13 as St. Bonaventure (10-10, 3-4) hit four late free throws to pull away for a 68-60 win over Duquesne.

The Bonnies hit 12-of-22 3-point attempts in ending their home losing streak at four.

Sean Johnson, Kadeem Pantophlet and Jeremiah Jones had 11 each for the Dukes (7-14, 0-7) who dropped their ninth in a row and seventh-straight in Atlantic 10 play.

Duquesne got two stops down four in the final 2:24, but couldn't come up with the rebound twice as the Bonnies, who outrebounded the Dukes 35-24, upped the lead to six on both occasions.

SBU, which led from the 16:01 mark of the first half on, led 64-60 with 36 seconds left when Youssou Ndoye missed and Demitrius Conger, who scored 10 of his 11 points in the second half, tracked down the rebound, was fouled, and converted the one-and-one.

Duquesne, which went 11-of-24 from the 3-point arc, missed three shots on its next possession - 3-point attempts by Jerry Jones and Derrick Colter and a two by Johnson before Charlton Kloof rebounded, was fouled, and made a pair of free throws for the final margin.

"That team won a championship last year," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "Their guys know how to win down the stretch."

St. Bonaventure closed the first half with an 8-0 run to take a 39-28 lead. Kloof started the run with a 3-pointer at the 1:50 mark and Gathers, who entered the game with nine points in six conference games, ended it with another three with two seconds left.

"Their non-scorers made shots in the first half," said Ferry. "I thought we defended them the right way. You've got to give them credit. They stepped up and made shots."

Duquesne, which went 6-of-9 from the arc in the first half, had just two two-point field goals in the opening 20 minutes. The Bonnies were equally hot from beyond the arc, hitting 7-of-12 first half attempts.

St. Bonaventure shot 44.0 percent to 43.5 percent for Duquesne. The Dukes, who turned it over 10 times in the first half, had just one turnover in the second.

Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh for back-to-back home games against George Washington (Wed., Feb. 6) and Xavier (Sat., Feb. 9 at CONSOL Energy Center). Both games will tip at 7:00 p.m.

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