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Duquesne swingman has successful surgery

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Duquesne's Melquan Bolding underwent successful surgery today in Pittsburgh to repair a broken wrist, and will be lost to the team for a minimum of four weeks, coach Ron Everhart said.

Bolding, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard/forward who did not make the trip with the team to Iowa for a first-round game tonight in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, broke the scaphoid bone in his right wrist during a collision with Nicholls State forward Fred Hunter during the first half of Duquesne's season-opening 85-62 victory Friday night at Palumbo Center.

Bolding remained in the game and led the Dukes with 25 points.

The surgery, performed at UPMC Presbyterian, involved the insertion of a screw in Bolding's wrist to stabilize the bone. Duquesne athletic trainer Vic Bauer said doctors told him the operation "went perfect" and that Bolding was expected to wear a cast on his wrist before beginning rehabilitation, possibly within a month.

"We'll move on without Melquan," Everhart said. "It's a huge loss for us, but our guys will pull together."

Sophomore guard/forward B.J. Monteiro, who has returned from a two-game suspension, including an exhibition game against La Roche, for his role in an October incident involving a theft at a home in Connecticut, was likely replace Bolding in the Dukes' starting lineup.

"It's part of what happens in sports," Everhart said. "It's bad to have lost Melquan because it hurts our ability to score and our ability to defend. But looking at it another way, it's good for others in the program to show what they can do to help this team win games."

After tonight's game, Duquesne is idle until Monday, when it plays Binghamton in the first of three games on successive nights in Culhowhee, N.C., to conclude the tournament. Arkansas-Monticello and Western Carolina are their other scheduled opponents.

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