RICHMOND, Va. — For the second straight day at the Atlantic-10 tournament, Duquesne made a furious second-half comeback after falling into a deep hole early on Friday.
The second time out at VCU’s Siegel Center, the deficit was more subtending and the opponent was more formidable.
Facing top-seeded St. Bonaventure, Duquesne roared back from a 22-point deficit with a 16-2 run that turned the game on its ear early in the second half.
But the Bonnies didn’t fade away down the stretch as Richmond has the day before. St. Bonaventure responded with an 18-3 run to get back to a big lead, win 75-59 and advance to the Atlantic-10 semifinal.
Center Mike Hughes led the Dukes with 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting and also added seven rebounds, but he was missing his compatriots from Thursday’s comeback.
Small forwards Marcus Weathers and Chad Baker, who combined for 28 points in the conference’s second round on Thursday, were limited by the Bonnies. Weathers finished with six points on 2 of 11 shooting. Baker suffered an early lower-body injury and played just 10 minutes.
What Duquesne was missing from its game on Friday that it had on Thursday was hot shooting. Baker contributed that for Duquesne against Richmond, but with him limited, no other Duke was able to be a mid-range or deeper shooter.
As a team, Duquesne shot 34.4% from then floor and 25 from 3-point range. Tyson Acuff and Tavian Dunn-Martin finished with 12 points each.
Duquesne limited leading Bonnies score Kyle Lofton to 11 points, but guard Dominick Welch and forward Osun Osunniyi each had 18 points.
The Bonnies will advance to face the winner of the quarterfinal between Saint Louis and UMass. VCU vs. Dayton and Davidson vs. George Mason are the other quarterfinal contests.