By Colin Dunlap | 1:32 a.m. Sunday
The crazy part of that game -- seemed to me there were some games in the 0-4 Atlantic 10 start that the Dukes deserved to win more than this one. But, I am certain Ron Everhart and his band of merry men from Forbes Avenue will take it.
Onto the audio:
This is Duquesne coach Ron Everhart. Near the end of the clip, he speaks about moving on to Xavier right away, which I think says a lot about the focus of this team -- even after a wonderful win:
This is Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt who said, "It comes down to one or two possessions, they made the play and we didn't.":
This is Melquan Bolding and Damian Saunders, talking about the Dukes' first A10 win:
Some observations, tell me if you agree/disagree/what you think:
- I really like the new starting lineup. Even though Jason Duty didn't start, it really didn't impact his playing time. He got 21 minutes -- the same amount he got against Saint Louis and Dayton and more than he played against Richmond.
- Did you notice the Melquan Bolding game-winner was from the same exact spot he missed a wide-open 3 from earlier in the game off an inbound play?
- Damian Saunders' steal that was whistled a foul at midcourt late in the game was clean. Right in front of me. It was clean.
- The late-game block/charge call went Duquesne's way for once. And how about Bill Clark's fortitude standing in there.
- Lost in the Bolding heroics, the Saunders pass and the Clark drawn charge is this: Eric Evans played very well.
- In the four minutes he played, Sean Johnson looked way out of sorts for some reason.
- When Morakinyo Williams picked up his second foul, Ron Everhart should have taken him out. There was some uncertainty as to what to do, and in that brief time, Williams then picked up his third. It ended up being huge, as they could only use him 2 minutes in the second half. Don't mean to be critical of the staff, but that was a mistake, Williams should have come out when he got the second with 1:34 before half and they should have ridden Oliver Lewinson or Rodrigo Peggau into halftime.
- Other than the foul trouble, Williams played very well, I thought. Again, he does so many darn things that don't end up on a stat sheet.
- Andrew Nicholson is a first-team all league player. No question.
- Hard to imagine the Dukes won a game in which they went 5 for 22 in the second half.
- I thought B.J. Monteiro played OK, but how in the world does he keep having these 2 for 7 kind of outings from the free throw line?
- All things considered, pretty decent crowd -- and there were actually some students there. How about the guys in the red and blue bodysuits?
- I saw the security people ask the Bona students to sit down a few times because the people behind them couldn't see. Sorry, student sections should be able to stand -- the whole game. They are college kids, and college basketball is about creating atmosphere.
- All of Big Mike's rebounds were on the offensive end, and yet again, he did not turn the ball over.
- If Bill Clark can somehow find his jumper between now and Thursday, this team has a chance to play with Xavier.
Officials: Kevin O'Connell, John Gwynn, Quintin Murphy