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Senior backcourt keys Duquesne upset of St. Joe's

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Micah Mason scored 28 points and Derrick Colter added 18 as ‪Duquesne‬ outlasted St. Joe's 78-70 to clinch their first non-losing season in the Jim Ferry era.

The win snaps the Dukes eight-game losing streak, which began in early February.

Duquesne’s senior guards were the key to the upset.

Derrick Colter had 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds while Mason added 28 points on 10 of 19 shooting. LG Gill also had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Duquesne wrapped up the season with a 16-15 record, 6-12 in Atlantic 10 conference play, to finish 10th in league standings.

Both teams started scoring quickly as the Hawks led Duquesne 12-10 in the first four minutes.  Colter and Isiah Miles for St. Joe’s each accounted for seven points.

At the 12-minute mark, Colter stepped up from the top of the key and drained a deep three to tie the game up at 19. Gill followed with another quick three to give Duquesne their first lead.
 
With 5:11 remaining in the first half, following a missed three on the other end, Duquesne used their transition speed to go up 37-28 as Colter passed the ball to Mason, who drove through two defenders for a right-handed layup.

The Hawks held the Dukes scoreless over the next four minutes to go on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to one. Mason then drilled a corner three off of an inbounds pass in the in the half’s final minute.

At the half, the Duquesne held a 40-36 lead as Colter, Mason, and Gill were all in double figures. The Hawks struggled from the field, only shooting 32 percent and missed 15 3-pointers.

Duquesne started quick in the second half, as Darius Lewis posted up on a much smaller defender and made an easy hook shot, which was then followed by Mason swishing another three to build up another nine-point advantage.

With 13 minutes remaining, St. Joe’s responded with a quick 7-0 run, but Isaiah Miles missed a three and the long rebound found Gill for fast break dunk to maintain Duquesne’s lead. At the 11:34 mark, Miles tied up the game on a slashing layup.

Duquesne held strong again, though, as Jordan Robinson and Colter made consecutive layups to regain the two possession lead. Both teams answered each other’s baskets over the next eight minutes with the Dukes scoring from the field and the Hawks continuing to go to the line.

At the 2:40 mark, Mar’Qywell Jackson knocked down a three from the left wing to make the score 73-68. With just over a minute left, Mason waited for the shot clock to tick down and rattled in a deep three in front of a defender.

Duquesne made their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Miles finished with a double double as well with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

The Dukes will play either on Wednesday or Thursday in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

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