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Duquesne Prevails Late in Tough Battle with Fordham, 59-54

Duquesne Prevails Late in Tough Battle with Fordham, 59-54

Once again, the Rams made the Dukes sweat.

Duquesne trailed Fordham with less than seven minutes to play on Sunday, but the Dukes found their form late to pull away for a 59-54 win at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx.

The Dukes also narrowly defeated the Rams, 58-56, at PPG Paints Arena on Jan. 15. Fordham has just one win in Atlantic-10 play this season.

Tavian Dunn-Martin tied the game with a jumper with 6:26 to play and then added a 3-pointer a minute later to give the Dukes the lead for good. He also added four free throws in the final minute to help the Dukes salt away the victory.

Dunn-Martin finished with a team-high 15 points and was 3 of 8 from 3-point range. Lamar Norman was also 3 of 8 from long range and scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

That duo was counted on more than normal, thanks to freshman shooting guard Maceo Austin missing the game with an illness. Sincere Carry was limited to four points, but dished out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Outside of Dunn-Martin and Norman, it was not a great shooting afternoon for the Dukes in New York. They shot 37.7% as a team and 21.9% from 3-point range.

Inside, Baylee Steele had 13 points, while Marcus Weathers had nine points and 14 rebounds.

Duquesne led by a pair at the half in a back-and-forth contest and was never able to pull away from the Rams. Duquesne’ largest lead was six points, which occurred late in the game.

With the win, Duquesne improved to 18-6, its best record through 24 games since 1972, and the Dukes’ fourth road win ties a school record.

Up next, the Dukes will host George Washington at PPG Paints Area on Wednesday at 8 p.m., following the Duquesne women’s home game against Rhode Island.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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