MCCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — With the Duquesne men’s basketball team leading inside of a minute against Fordham, Tavian Dunn-Martin told him team to slow down and set up a play.
As the play clock wound down, Michael Hughes found a cutting Dunn-Martin who fired a three-point shot which hit nothing but net placing Duquesne up seven.
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A shorthanded Duquesne squad was able to survive another defensive-oriented test against Fordham winning 48-45 Saturday afternoon at LaRoche University’s Kerr Fitness Center.
Duquesne (3-3, 2-2 Atlantic 10) opted to use 11 players in Saturday afternoon’s contest and nine of them were able to score.
The Dukes were led by Dunn-Martin’s 11 points. Additionally Michael Hughes had six points, tied a career high with 14 rebounds and added five assists.
Fordham (1-3, 1-3 Atlantic 10) was led by Chris Austin’s 17 points. Joel Soriano also chipped in with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Early on it appeared that Duquesne was trying to adjust to having three of its regular starters out and were working on timing. Fordham scored 10 of the first 12 points in the contest.
Duquesne then was able to go on an 8-0 run holding Fordham scoreless for 4:40 tying the game at 10.
At halftime Duquesne held a 24-18 advantage as the Dukes were able to show some offensive flashes while defensively locking down Fordham to a 24% shooting clip.
Duquesne maintained its advantage to start the second half but a 3:22 dry spell allowed Fordham to regain its edge and tie the contest.
As the half wore on, Soriano buried a jumper which placed Fordham in the lead. That advantage grew to four points before Ryan Murphy made a jumper and Dunn-Martin converted one tying the contest at 40 heading into the final media timeout.
Hughes was able to find Marcus Weathers which led to a Duquesne score and a shimmy from the former. Hughes then hustled on the defensive end blocking a Soriano put-back attempt which place momentum firmly on the home side.
Dunn-Martin’s three-point basket proved to be a dagger which secured Duquesne’s victory.
Duquesne will once again take to the road where it faces Dayton Wednesday night in a game televised by CBS Sports Network.