Dukes stumble in home finale to Saint Louis

Will open at UMass in A-10 tournament
March 4, 2012 12:00 am
  • Duquesne's B.J. Monteiro, above, spots a lane to the basket.
    Duquesne's B.J. Monteiro, above, spots a lane to the basket.
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Duquesne stumbled in its regular-season finale Saturday afternoon against Saint Louis at Palumbo Center, falling, 75-60, to lock up the No. 9 seed and assure the Dukes of a road game in the Atlantic 10 playoffs.

Duquesne will face No. 8 Massachusetts Tuesday night in Amherst, Mass., and hope the matchup is better than the game Saturday.

Duquesne, which has lost four of its past five games, struggled to contend inside with the Billikens, the conference's No. 2 team, and had no match for 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward Dwayne Evans, who scored 20 points inside and had 14 rebounds.

Saint Louis finished with 40 points in the paint, 19 on second-chance shots, shot 52 percent, and hit eight 3-pointers -- two right when Duquesne was creeping back into contention.

"We're definitely disappointed we went out and lost today," said senior B.J. Monteiro who had 14 points, five rebounds. "But we're just trying to get it out of our minds and move on ... Saint Louis is right up there as one of the toughest teams in the league. That's as good as you get in the A-10. Now, we have to be prepared to watch some film, get ready to move."

Duquesne finished the regular season with a 16-14 record, 7-9 in the A-10 and learned several hours after the game where it would be heading Tuesday.

The Dukes beat the Minutemen, 80-69, Jan. 18 at Palumbo Center.

"We're 0-0. We know we can make a run like this. We know we're a better team than we played [Saturday] and we're going to go out and prove it," said coach Ron Everhart.

Saint Louis hardly missed a beat without coach Rick Majerus, who was hospitalized Saturday morning in Pittsburgh for precautionary reasons.

The Billikens dominated on the glass, grabbing 35 rebounds to Duquesne's 21, and forced 14 turnovers.

"They did a good job of finding their post players. They did a good job on the offensive glass. They were tough down there, finished tough shots," said Monteiro. "They got good post positioning and made plays in there."

First Published 2012-03-03 23:12:10

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