By Colin Dunlap | 3:43 p.m. Tuesday
A quick thought as I am about to leave my home for the Palumbo to get this thread going: As I was growing up, I heard storied about the Nelson twins -- one of whom I grew up with their son -- standing back to back, in a bench-clearing brawl, and pretty much taking on all who dared come near them.
I seem to remember the story involved a game against St. Francis?
Is that true?
Can you old-timers help me out here?
Just a thought to get this thread going today.
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UPDATE 5:52 p.m.: Because he has been begging to make an appearance on the blog, I will grant Dukes team manager Shane Lohman his unyielding wish -- he wanted his photo on the blog.
6:24 p.m.: Note to self, don't eat wings when you have a nice button down and tie on. Yes, I got splatter on myself. I'm good, though, now, for the most part. Juliet Sargent -- who works in the sports information office -- was the first responder to the emergency, dabbed most of the stain out and I finished off the rest. I'm good -- about a half hour until tip off.
And, seriously, don't eat wings when you need to do business.
7:05 p.m.: Game underway, Saunders hits a jumper and then Evans hit a 3. If the Dukes can hit jumpers, and have success without having to go inside, looooooooooooooooooong night for the Frankies.
7:11 p.m.: Evans is now 6 for his last 10 from 3. Dukes up 12-5 with 15:24 left.
7:16 p.m.: Dukes on a 13-0 run. By the way, Saint Francis' Devin Sweetney is not afraid to get his name in the book. He got three shots up, and a foul -- in a minute.
7:20 p.m.: Lucas Newton is in the game. In the first half. Before the halfway point of the first half.
7:27 p.m.: Chase Robinson is in the game, again. Nice to see Everhart cultivating the bench more. And, honestly, Robinson is by no means lost out there, he has played well. Dukes up, 25-10. In my estimation, this one could get ugly. 9 minutes left before half.
7:31 p.m.: By the way, Dukes are shooting 10 for 21 right now (47.6 percent) which works out to one shot below 50 percent. By contrast, the Red Flash is just 5 for 18. Dukes up, 28-14. Also, something that is definitely of notice is Eric Evans confidence. Against IUPUI, he seemed more assured. In this game, that is undeniably the case, as well. Right now, he has 11 and is 4 for 5 shooting.
7:37 p.m.: Marhold has given a few good minutes as the Dukes are ahead, 34-23. Like Robinson, good for Marhold to get in the mix, as it shows a cultivation of the bench. One thing: The Dukes are ahead 11, and it feels like they should be up about 20. Anyone else feel that way?
7:46 p.m.: Dukes opening it up a little now, as they lead, 43-24. Sean Johnson is playing very well -- has 5. And seven players have scored for the Dukes. One thing that irks me (not game related) is when people say "seven different players" have scored. We are all different (unless you are a conjoined twin) thus "different" is not needed -- it is just seven players. Alright, rant over.
7:49 p.m.: Chase Robinson just took -- and made -- his first two career free throws. Dukes up by 20 with 1:02 left before the half. The runaway might just be on.
7:53 p.m.: 47-29 Dukes up at the half. Interesting moment as the teams left for the halftime locker rooms. Ron Everhart was speaking to one of the officials about something as he was leaving the floor. Saint Francis coach Don Friday, on his end of the court, waited until they were done and looked as if he wanted to speak to them as well. After the refs finished with Everhart, they simply turned away and headed for their locker room, leaving Friday with some unfinished business. He then shouted across the floor at the trio in stripes, "If you are going to talk to him, I'd like to talk to you, too."
The refs just smirked.
The crazy part -- Friday was right.
8:16 p.m.: Dukes up, 58-35 with 15:53 remaining in the game.
Here's your stat for the night: The Dukes had more made 3-point shots in the first half tonight (7) than they had in any of the previous five games.
8:25 p.m.: From the A10 scoreboard: Bona is up 5 and GW is in a 1-point game, both in the second half. Here, it is Dukes 63-42 with 11:49 left. Game over.
8:30 p.m.: I have to start writing. With all three local teams in action tonight, the copy desk would like for me to get my story in earlier rather than later. And, really, there's not much left for me to add. With 9:45 left, the Dukes are up, 71-42...you discuss.
8:59 p.m.: Here's the breaking news story I sent:
By Colin Dunlap
The Duquesne men's basketball team bounced back from a loss on Saturday and had an easy time with Saint Francis (Pa.) tonight, cruising past the Red Flash, 86-56, in non-conference play at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The Dukes, which had 10 of its players score at least a point, were led by Damian Saunders who had 18 points and 12 rebounds, gathering his 10th double-double of the season. Eric Evans had 17 points and Bill Clark scored 16 to complement Saunders' effort.
Saint Francis was paced by Umar Shannon's 20 points.
Saint Francis was overmatched early, falling behind, 47-29 at halftime.
The Dukes helped jolt to their halftime lead using a 13-0 run in the early stages of the first half.
After the break, the Dukes made 10 of their first 11 shots to effectively pull away for good.
Duquesne has just one more non-conference game - Dec. 30 at Old Dominion - before they drift into the Atlantic 10 Conference opener on Jan. 6 at home against Richmond.