By Colin Dunlap | 9:45 a.m. Sunday
Leaving the house here in a minute or two....remember a few things as you head to the game today:
- There is a Pitt game with a noon tip.
- If you are a Duquesne fan, you are supposed to wear red.
- There are many tickets sold. That said, traffic, parking, overall logistics could be a hassle.
For all those reasons, it might make sense to climb in the car a few minutes earlier than you had planned.
In the meantime, feel free to get the discussion going: Do you think the Dukes will play the 10-40 today? What will they do with Chris Wright? Can the Dukes win this game? What is your guess on the amount of fans in the AJP? WIll the student show up?
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UPDATE 10:31 a.m.: Made it here to the Palumbo and was greeted by this news: Bill Clark has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference co-player of the week for his efforts last week.
10:43 p.m.: Clark is the co-player of the week and shares the award with Kevin Anderson from Richmond.
10:56 a.m.: Funny story from my arrival at the AJP a little while ago:
There are a couple of die-hard students out in front of the main door, they are waiting for it to open. I stopped to chat with a couple of them who I recognized. They have a few signs and told me, as they saw this bus approaching the Palumbo, they ran out to the sidewalk, started yelling and making not-so-nice gestures. They were all over the thing, hounding it and hounding it -- obviously, they were doing it in an effort to, um, welcome Dayton to Pittsburgh.
They realized at is whizzed past them and continued past the Palumbo that it was Villanova's team bus -- on its way to Pitt.
11:20 a.m: One of the best in the business just rolled into the media room -- Dayton sports info guru Doug Hauschild. Guy is wonderful at what he does.
11:26 a.m.: There are some people lined up outside...probably definitely the most I have seen before a game this season.
This is a bad shot, but the best I could do through a double door:
11:55 a.m.: Lunch was fabulous...seriously, best of the year. 9.28 out of 10.
It is pictured below. Buffalo chicken wrap and mini fish sandwiches:
12:07 p.m.: By the way, forgot to mention. I have to do a thing with Jim Colony at 12:20 p.m. about this game...it will be on 93.7 The Fan at 12:20.
12:14 p.m.: Best pregame atmosphere, by far. It ain't even close.
12:44 p.m.: Back from the radio thing. HUUUUUUGE Dayton crowd here.
12:49 p.m.: Senior day stuff about to happen for Jason Duty.
12:52 p.m.: Very nice ceremony for Jason Duty. Total class from the Dayton people, who stood up and also applauded.
12:55 p.m.: Like I said, very good student crowd:
1:03 p.m.: Morakinyo started and did not jump center...a question: Is he the first 7-footer in NCAA history to start (without another one on the floor) and not jump center?
1:09 p.m.: Dukes down 6-4. Bob Donato making sure people know he's working the game.
1:12 p.m.: With 15:41 remaining before the half, Dukes down 8-4. Long night if Duquesne keeps allowing entry passes into Chris Wright. And Lucas Newton, I'm sorry, but he's getting too much time.
1:18 p.m.: In case you haven't noticed, Wright has the Flyers' first 11.
1:23 p.m.: The Dukes are in a bit of trouble, down 19-13 with 11:42 left. I know that Lucas Newton is one of the few options at PG they have, but this isn't good. If the Dukes want to pressure Dayton in the backcourt, Newton simply isn't the guy.
1:30 p.m.: If Morakinyo can keep up, he can really help this team, no question.
1:38 p.m.: The 8 minute TV timeout just came ....with 4:09 left. You think the players might be gassed a little?
1:44 p.m.: A thought on these red jerseys: I like the red jerseys -- all except for the white piping.
1:54 p.m.: Dukes down 33-30 at the half.
Now to some stats (and know that the stat monitors courtside are not working).
The Dukes might actually be winning if they could shoot better than 6 for 14 from the free throw line.
Wright has 13, No Duke has more than 6, but six have between 4 and 6. Dukes are 2 for 11 from deep.
Get this: You know how you win games? Dayton is 9 for 9 at the line.
Also, there was some teeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible halftime act. Some guy was dressed as Michael Jackson and had the contraption where there were other Michael Jacksons hooked up to him. They were dancing or something. It was awful.
2:16 p.m.: Bolding is not having his finest defensive effort. Dukes down, 44-38 with 16:12.
2:25 p.m.: No Big Mike? Where has he been? Dukes down, 48-44, with 13 minutes left.
2:30 p.m.: Something roused Damian Saunders. He has 9 in this half, as the Dukes have taken a 49-48 lead. It seems they have begun to play under a bit more control, and that all begins with Evans, no question.
2:33 p.m.: I think I mentioned before about how press row is sometimes too close to see things. When Saunders tipped the ball and looked to have a breakway, it was kind of in front of me, but I was blocked out. Did official Jim Haney miss a call there? Did Saunders, indeed, get grabbed?
2:40 p.m.: UD has hit 7 3-pointers already this half.
2:46 p.m.: So, when does Brian Gregory come back w/ Wright? Do you wait until the 4 minute timeout?
2:52 p.m.: Dukes up, 69-63 with 4:05 left -- as loud as this place has been all season.
2:55 p.m.: As scary as this sounds if you are a Dukes fan, it might come down to this -- Duquesne making its free throws.
3:02 p.m.: As it was with UMass, although the lead was much larger, the Dukes have themselves to blame if they lose this game.
3:29 p.m.: Early game story:
By Colin Dunlap
Duquesne pulled off a solid home win this afternoon, earning a 73-71 victory against Dayton at the Palumbo Center.
The Dukes moved to 15-12 overall, 6-7 in Atlantic 10 play with the win, while Dayton is now 18-8, 7-5 in league play.
Damian Saunders led the Dukes with 20 points and Bill Clark added 12.
Dayton was paced by 21 from Chris Johnson, who knocked in 6 of 13 3-pointers. Chris Wright scored 15 for the Flyers.
Saunders hit a layup with 25 seconds left to give the Dukes a 72-71 lead before Dayton's Chris Johnson missed a 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left.
From there, Clark went to the line, hitting one of two free throws to give the Dukes the 73-71 advantage.
Dayton was hot out of halftime advancing to a six-point lead early in the second half, before the Dukes took a 49-48 lead with 12:39 left in the game.
Saunders scored nine points in the first 7:30 of the second half to push the Duke to a lead.
But Dayton, which hit seven 3-pointers in the first 11 minutes of the second half, kept finding a way - whether it was inside or outside.
The Flyers held a 59-55 lead with nine minutes to go.
After Saunders' defense led to two run out dunks, the Dukes manufactured a 61-59 lead with 7:28 to go.
The Dukes capitalized with Dayton star Chris Wright saddled with foul trouble in the second half, taking a 67-63 lead with five minutes left.
Dayton wrestled the lead back on two Kurt Huelsman free throws with just over two minutes left, taking a 71-69 lead.
Down a point, Duquesne forced a turnover with 40 seconds left, leading to the end-game situation.
Dayton started strong - very strong.
The Flyers - and more to the point, Wright -- took off from the very start. Wright scored his team's first 11 points, as the away side built a 19-13 advantage over the opening eight minutes.
The Dukes climbed back, making it 25-25 with 6:40 remaining before halftime when Eric Evans hit a nifty little floater from in close.
Duquesne took a 28-27 lead with just above two minutes left, when Saunders hit a driving layup.
The Dukes fell behind, 33-30 at halftime, due in large part to shooting 6 for 14 from the free throw line over the first 20 minutes.