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Colter's last-second 3 lifts Duquesne over St. Bonaventure 83-81

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Derrick Colter drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Duquesne to a thrilling 83-81 win over visiting St. Bonaventure at the A.J. Palumbo Center Saturday night. Ovie Soko led all scorers with 27 points.

Duquesne, who was riding a four-game losing streak entering the game, trailed for most of the first half. The Bonnies grabbed their first lead with 16:52 left in the half and maintained the advantage going into halftime, leading 44-38.

After trailing by as much as nine, the Dukes recaptured the lead with 15:31 remaining in the second half, when Colter hit a 3 to give Duquesne a 55-53 lead, the first of eight lead changes in the second half.

WIth the Dukes trailing by 79-78 with 21 seconds remaining, senior forward Ovie Soko was fouled by St. Bonaventure’s Dion Wright, and nailed both of his free throws to give Duquesne a one-point lead. But on the Bonnies’ next possession, Soko fouled senior guard Charlon Kloof with 13 seconds left, fouling out of the game. Soko was two points away from matching his career best of 29 points, finishing with 27 points on 7-11 shooting.

Kloof made both free throws, and with the Dukes trailing 80-79, Colter was fouled on a drive to the hoop with six seconds remaining. However, with the game on the line, he missed both foul shots, seemingly squandering the last chance for Duquesne.

The Dukes fouled Andell Cumberbatch upon his rebound of the second missed free throw, sending the junior guard to the line. Cumberbatch followed suit with Colter, and missed both of his free throws, with Colter securing the rebound on the second missed free throw.

After a timeout by Jim Ferry with four seconds remaining, Colter received the inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the court, and drilled an off-balance, buzzer beating 3 to give the Dukes their second Atlantic 10 win of the season.

After the game, Soko admitted that buzzer-beaters aren’t his preferred method of winning.

“I’d rather we got it the good old-fashioned way,” said Soko, the transfer from UAB who is averaging over 17 points and 7 rebounds a game, “but I’ll take it.”

Both teams shot over 50 percent from both the floor and beyond the arc, with each team making eleven 3-pointers apiece. Duquesne out-rebounded St. Bonaventure 31-29.

Kloof led the Bonnies with 23 points, while senior guard Matthew Wright contributed 22 points. Colter finished with 14 points for the Dukes, while guard Micah Mason had 15 points, all coming via five 3-pointers.

The Dukes, now sporting a 9-9 record with a 2-4 Atlantic 10 Conference mark, will head to the Garden State to take on the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders on Wednesday night.

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