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Duquesne drops eighth consecutive game, falling to Fordham at home

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Fordham's Ryan Rhoomes had 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Rams sent ‪‎Duquesne‬ to their eighth straight loss, 78-69, Wednesday on the Bluff.

PITTSBURGH - Micah Mason and Derrick Colter combined for 36 points in their final game at the A.J. Palumbo Center Wednesday night, but it was not enough to stop Duquesne’s losing streak, dropping a 78-69 decision to Fordham.

“Obviously we wanted to come out here and get a win for me, D.C. and the other seniors, but we just didn’t get it done tonight,” Mason said.

Duquense’s (15-15, 5-12) senior backcourt combined for 16 assists but also turned the ball over a dozen times in the Dukes’ eighth straight loss. Fordham (16-12, 7-10) had a strong showing on the glass, out-rebounding the Dukes 34-26, with Ryan Rhoomes leading the way with six offensive boards.

Duquesne started fast, building a quick 7-0 behind a pair of dunks from L.G. GIll and Eric James. Duquesne’s offense continued to shoot on all cylinders early, picking up assists on their first nine field goals to make it 22-18 at the midway point of the first, but behind a pair of threes by David Pekarek, the Rams went into the half up 45-36.

Duquesne went on an 8-0 run to open the second to pull within one and took the lead five minutes into the half on a pair of Mason free-throws to make it 50-48. After swapping leads three times, Gill hit a triple to give the Dukes a 63-60 advantage with 5:40 remaining.

Duquesne got a big stop on the Rams’ next possession, but Colter turned the ball over and Fordham tied it on Mandell Thomas shot beyond the arc. Thomas hit another three in Fordham’s next possession for the 11th and final lead change of the night.

Duquesne’s three-point defense was a problem once again, allowing Fordham to shoot 52 percent from downtown. When asked about the three point defense, Mason said that they were not contesting enough shots.

“It’s something we have to get better at, obviously. Tonight they knocked down shots,” Mason said after pointing out that Fordham went 6-6 on uncontested three-pointers in the first half.

Before the losing streak started, Duquesne sat at 15-7, was over .500 in conference play and basically had a winning season wrapped up. Now at 15-15, the Dukes will need to win Saturday in order to reach their goal of finishing above .500.

“(A winning season) was the goal all the time,” head coach Jim Ferry said. “...We’re not done yet.”

Duquesne will travel to Saint Joseph’s for their final regular season contest Saturday at 4 p.m.. Their first  Atlantic 10 tournament game will either be Mar. 9 or 10 depending on the Dukes’ seeding.

1. Masson and Colter became the second pair of Duquesne teammates to score 500 points in a season (Dick Ricketts and Si Green were the other pair back when they were All-Americans in 1955).

2. Duquesne had not lost to Fordham at home since 2007.

3. Mason tied a school record with 99 three-pointers in a season.

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