Duquesne vs Saint Louis

Duquesne ends No. 10 Saint Louis' winning streak at 19


ST. LOUIS -- The longest winning streak in Saint Louis history ended Thursday night with a surprising loss at home to Duquesne. That was hardly the most disappointing part of it as far as forward Dwayne Evans was concerned.

"The streak didn't really mean much to us," Evans said. "It's a tough loss because there's a championship on the line, not just because it broke the streak."

Micah Mason had 22 points and Jerry Jones added 19, leading Duquesne to a 71-64 victory.

Saint Louis (25-3, 12-1 Atlantic 10) had won 19 straight since dropping a 70-65 decision on Dec. 1 to unbeaten Wichita State, now ranked No. 2 in the country. With a victory, the Billikens could have clinched at least a tie for the Atlantic 10 regular-season title.

But it was the Dukes who looked like title contenders Thursday.

"They did a really nice job and we just didn't play well enough," Saint Louis coach Jim Crews said. "We've played well and we've been fortunate. Tonight, we didn't play well enough.

"We have no license that we're going to win. One team's going to win and one team's going to lose. Whoever plays the best [wins]. That's how it is, and they played better than us."

Mason, who entered leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.554), hit four of five from behind the arc for Duquesne (12-15, 4-10), which beat a top-10 opponent on the road for the first time since defeating No. 6 Bradley 73-72 on March 5, 1962.

Duquesne improved to 5-28 on the road against top 10 teams. The Dukes, who were 14-point underdogs, are 25-55 overall against teams ranked in the top 10.

Although it looked like a mismatch on paper, Jones said he and the Dukes could feel this one coming.

"Really, this team was ready to get beat and I just wanted to be a part of it and so did everybody else," he said.

Evans had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Louis. Mike McCall Jr. led the Billikens with 18 points, while Jordair Jett (13 points) and Rob Loe (12 points) also were in double digits.

Saint Louis will try to rebound Saturday when it visits VCU. Crew said the team will not vary its approach after losing for the first time in nearly three months.

"We do the same thing whether we win or lose," he said. "We just try to clean up what we did wrong. We address those things we did wrong, we keep working on our fundamentals and try to get better and move on with the next team. It doesn't make a difference win or lose. Our routine is pretty much the same."

The Billikens appeared to be in good shape after Jett's layup with 13:44 remaining gave them a 42-35 lead. But the Dukes took command with an 18-2 run capped by a 3-pointer and then a layup by Jones that made it 53-44 with 7:41 left.

Saint Louis fought back and had a chance to cut it to a one-possession game with under a minute remaining. Loe, however, missed a free throw and that led to Jones' layup at the other end with 52 seconds left that made it 63-57.

The Dukes played Saint Louis tough in their first meeting, losing 76-72 at home on Jan. 22. Duquesne was up for the challenge again Thursday and showed it early as Mason hit his first two shots from behind the arc to help the Dukes grab a 13-8 advantage.

Mason was called for his second foul shortly thereafter and went to the bench, and the Billikens began to take advantage of his absence. Saint Louis went 1 for 7 from 3-point range in the first half, but Jake Barnett's 3 with 44 seconds left gave the Billikens a 29-25 halftime lead.

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Duquesne's Ovie Soko goes for 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Dukes' win over Saint Louis. (USATSI)
Duquesne's Ovie Soko goes for 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Dukes' win over Saint Louis. (USATSI)
Duquesne (12-15) «254671
Saint Louis #10 (25-3)293564
DUQ:M. Mason 22 Pts
DUQ:D. McKoy 7 Reb
DUQ:D. Colter 5 Ast
STLOU:M. McCall Jr. 18 Pts
STLOU:D. Evans 12 Reb
STLOU:J. Jett 3 Ast

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DuquesneSaint Louis
Micah Mason
Dwayne Evans
Duquesne Dukes
O. Soko, F343-116-833412
D. McKoy, F314-81-37229
M. Mason, G266-86-723322
D. Colter, G261-30-05512
J. Jones, G220-42-26212
J. Jones, G-F208-100-251219
D. Ridenour, G140-50-01330
L. Gill, F130-20-05000
T. White, G122-30-00005
I. Watkins, F20-10-00000
N. Foschia, FDid Not Play
C. Johnston, GDid Not Play
D. Lewis, CDid Not Play
J. Robinson, FDid Not Play
B. Cartmill, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-5515-2234191671
Saint Louis Billikens
D. Evans, F364-82-2122410
M. McCall Jr., G324-97-843118
R. Loe, F314-114-542212
J. Jett, G306-91-323313
J. Barnett, F201-20-01233
A. McBroom, G261-80-03212
M. Crawford, G-F111-40-00002
G. Glaze, F81-50-07002
J. Manning, C61-10-02012
J. LePak, GDid Not Play
R. Agbeko, FDid Not Play
T. Lancona, FDid Not Play
A. Eagleton, GDid Not Play
A. Yacoubou, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-5714-1835141564
Atlantic 10
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Rhode Island0-02-117
Saint Josephs0-02-155
St. Bona.0-02-1327
Saint Louis0-03-242
George Mason0-03-3199
La Salle0-03-3123
Geo. Wash.0-02-2233
Other games
ARK 71 Final
UK 67
OHST 63 Final
PSU 65
MEMP 68 Final
HOU 77
TEMP 66 Final
LOU 88
IOWA 86 Final
IND 93