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Mason's late jumper lifts Duquesne over St. Francis

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Micah Mason scored 20 points, including the go-ahead jumper with two seconds left, to give Duquesne to a 67-65 win over Saint Francis-PA on Saturday afternoon.

After a rough loss to intercity rival University of Pittsburgh Dec. 4, the 7-2 Duquense Dukes rebounded with an 89-70 whipping of Maryland-Baltimore County on Tuesday before traveling to Johnstown, to take on the 3-4 St. Francis Red Flash Saturday.

A dangerous 3-point-shooting team, Duquesne hit 4 of 7 from downtown, two of which made by senior guard Micah Mason, within the first five minutes of the contest.  A back-and-forth first half ended with the Dukes holding a six-point lead over SFU, 38-32. The Dukes shot 50 percent from both the field and the arc, but the Red Flash strayed close behind with clips of 46 and 44 percent, respectively.

The second half saw the Red Flash stay right on the Dukes’ heels, as Duquesne never led by more than eight points. It didn’t help that the team’s 3-ball cooled down considerably, making only one shot in 11 attempts. SFU, on the other hand, heated up from downtown, going 5 of 9 in the half.

With less than a minute remaining, St. Francis finally managed to wrestle the lead away thanks to a Isaiah Blackmon layup with 38 seconds remaining in the game to make it 64-63. Duquesne regained the advantage just 16 seconds later, however, with an L.G. Gill basket.

St. Francis tied the game with a free throw, but Duquesne capitalized on a miss when Mason hit a jumper with two ticks left to give the team a 67-65 win. Mason, the team’s second-leading scorer behind Derrick Colter, led the way with 20 points on a very efficient 9 of 14 shooting. He also chipped in six rebounds and four assists.

Colter chipped in 13 points on a less-than-stellar 3 or 13 shooting performance, but he did lead the team in treys made with three. He recorded six rebounds and four assists, as well. Beyond those two, Duquesne had four scorers who put in six points or more, those being Gill, Jeremiah Jones, Darius Lewis and TySean Powell.

For the Red Flas, Greg Brown led the way with 16 points and three assists, while Ben Millaud-Meunier finished with 13 points, two rebounds and four assists. Forward Basil Thompson and Blackmon had strong performances off the bench, notching 10 points and seven rebounds and eight points, respectively.

Overall, Duquesne as whole shot about 45 percent from the field (28-62) compared to SFU’s 42.9 percent (24-56). The Dukes also out-rebounded the Red Flash, 12 to 6, and out-blocked it 10 to 5.

Duquesne, now 8-2, will go back home to the Steel City to prepare for 4-5 South Carolina State, which it will take on Wednesday. St. Francis, conversely, falls to 3-5 heading into its contest with 2-6 Binghamton. 

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