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Colter leads Dukes to upset over Dayton

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Derrick Colter scored 25 points, Micah Mason added 19 and Duquesne stunned A-10 leading Dayton 83-73 in the annual Chuck Cooper Classic at CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday.

PITTSBURGH, PA - “I just wanted to win,” Colter said.

After the Flyers opened Duquesne’s Atlantic-10 season with an 81-55 win at Dayton, the Dukes were able to get revenge on a Flyers team that went to the Elite Eight last season. Duquesne shot 52.5 percent from the field while holding Dayton to under 40 percent.

“I think we’re just a better team right now,” forward Jeremiah Jones said. “We finally figured out who we are.”

The Flyers opened fast, jumping out to a quick 17-7 lead six minutes in. Turnovers plagued the Dukes early, with starting center Darrius Lewis committing a pair in three minutes on the court.

Duquesne was available to find their groove shortly after falling behind by double digits, going on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes to give the Dukes their first lead of the day, 21-20. It would be the first of 10 lead changes in the first half. Dayton was the beneficiary of the final swap, going into the locker room ahead 42-41.

Dayton was led offensively by forward Dyshawn Pierre, who shot 7-8 from the field and 3-3 from behind the arc for a 17 point first half performance. Colter led the Dukes with 13 points at the midway point, including going 3-4 from downtown.

In the early part of the second half, the teams swapped leads three more times. Colter sank a 3-pointer with 18:06 to eclipse the 1,000 point mark for his career, and the Dukes led 48-44. Duquesne would not surrender the lead again.

A combination of cold shooting from Dayton and timely shots from the Dukes gave Duquesne a 10-point advantage with nine minutes to go. Dayton stayed within range, but after a Micah Mason steal and feed to Colter for a layup-plus-one, the Dukes were up 74-64 with just five minutes to go.

The Flyers were unable to make it a ballgame again from there, despite Pierre continuing to produce, ending with 27 points and a dozen boards. A big reason for Duquesne’s success was their ability to score in the paint, winning 25-14 in the second half and 49-26 overall. Dayton only got 5 points from their bench, while the Dukes ended with 20 points from its back-ups.

Mason was also instrumental to the Dukes’ success in the second half. While the junior guard did have six rebounds and five assists in the first half, he tallied 12 points in the second, falling just short of a triple-double, ending with 19 points, 9 assists and 8 boards. Both he and Colter played every minute of the game.Duquesne Micah Mason

“I think that was the best basketball game we’ve played this season,” head coach Jim Ferry said. “Just a truly unselfish basketball game.”

Duquesne won the battle of the boards 40-34, and Duquesne senior forward Dominique McKoy fell a rebound short of a double-double, ending with 11 points and 9 boards. Colter ended the game with 1,010 career points.

Duquesne extends their home-winning streak to three games, and this marks their first win away from the A.J. Palumbo Center since Nov. 22. Duquesne improves to 9-16 and 4-10 in A-10 play, while Dayton falls to 20-6 and 10-4 in the A-10. Duquesne will be returning to the Palumbo Center for Senior Day against Saint Louis on Wednesday.

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