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Davidson gathers 21 offensive rebounds in 93-82 win at Duquesne

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Fifteen first half fouls and a lack of flow sank the Duquesne Dukes Saturday afternoon, as Davidson completed the season sweep at the A.J. Palumbo Center, 93-82.

PITTSBURGH - “There’s no excuses,” senior guard Micah Mason said. “They came out and out-toughened us in every area of the game.”

Duquesne (15-8, 5-5) was outrebounded 52-40, including 21-10 offensively, and gave up 21 second chance points as their three game winning streak was snapped. Derrick Colter and Mason had 22 and 21 points, while Davidson’s (13-8, 5-5) Jack Gibbs had a game-high 25 tallies.

Duquesne and Davidson traded punches early, with both team’s leading scorers, Jack Gibbs and Derrick Colter, leading the way with 9 and 8 points, to make it 21-16 Wildcats after five lead changes with 10:49 remaining in the first.

With the game still up for grabs, Duquesne was then called for four fouls, including a technical on head coach Jim Ferry, within 55 seconds, and Duquesne started to lose ground after pulling to within 21-20. With Darius Lewis and L.G. Gill in foul trouble early, Duquesne had lost control of the boards and the tempo.

“I’m overwhelmed by how well we rebounded,” Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said.

After that, the wheels came off for Duquesne as they sputtered into the half. Gibbs continued to lead the Wildcats’ attack, ending the half at 18 points, while Duquesne’s offense began to sleep-walk. Mason did hit a pair of threes and ended the half with a dozen points, but Davidson, behind 14 unanswered points off of turnovers, went into the locker room with a 48-35 lead.

The second half did not start much better, as the Dukes looked defeated out of the gate. The Wildcats consistently had second and third chances on baskets, much to dismay of Mason and Ferry.

“It’s disappointing because I think we had been rebounding really well,” Mason said. “They killed us at 50/50s and many offensive rebounds that we could control.”

Duquesne did go on a tear halfway through the second half to bring themselves back to within single digits. Mar’Qywell Jackson had six point in a minute to make it 69-61 with 10 minutes to play, but Davidson ran away with the game again after back-to-back dunks by Nathan Ekwu and coasted down the stretch.

“Disappointed in the way we played tonight,” Ferry said. “I thought we got on things we’ve been beating people on.”

Duquesne did shoot better from the field (43.8 percent to 42.1 percent), but Davidson had fewer fouls (24-15) and turnovers (13-10), and shot better from three (46.2 percent to 38.2 percent).

Duquesne will travel to Dayton Tuesday to take on the Flyers at 7 p.m.. The Flyers defeated the Dukes in January when they were down Mason 66-58.

1. The 3,382 fans were the most at the Palumbo Center this year.

2. Jackson had a career high 13 points.

3. Eric James, TySean Powell and Nakaye Sanders combined to play 41 minutes. They had two points and eight fouls between them.

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