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Dayton Vs. Duquesne: Dukes Overcome Road Woes

The Duquesne Dukes picked up a rare road win in the most unlikely of places, defeating the Dayton Flyers 83-73 at UD Arena Wednesday night.

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The Dukes were able to keep the rabid Flyer fans quiet for most of the evening with a fine shooting performance from behind the arc.

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After starting out 10-of-16 from three-point range in the first half, the Dukes were able to jump out to a comfortable 49-40 lead at the half.

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Mike Talley would lead the offense in the first half, scoring all 15 of his points of the night in just 13 first-half minutes.

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B.J. Monteiro shot a career-high 4-of-7 from behind the arc to have a team-high 20 points. Eric Evans chipped in with 12 and Jerry Jones scored 10 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Dukes.

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Dayton would not go quietly, however, as they exploded for a 12-1 run to start the second half. Kevin Dillard led the charge for Dayton, scoring a game-high 22 points while Matt Kavanaugh had 17.

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The Dukes defense down the stretch would be key. They held Dayton to just one field goal for a stretch of 6:30 midway through the second half, paving the way for a 16-4 Duquesne run to put them back up by double digits.

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Dayton would cut the lead to four with 1:14 to play, but would not get closer after that.

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The 10 point margin of victory was the largest for the Dukes at Dayton since 1953.

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The loss was a critical one for the Flyers, who now sit at 14-8 (4-4 A10) and in the middle of a three game losing streak. The Dukes improved their record to 13-9 (4-4 A10).

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The Dukes return home where they will play Richmond in the annual Chuck Cooper Classic. The game has been declared a "red out" and will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 7:00 PM.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.