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Duquesne rally falls short against St. Bonaventure

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:24 p.m.

OLEAN, N.Y. — Derrick Colter couldn't save Duquesne this time against St. Bonaventure.

Last month, Colter hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Dukes pulled off a win over the Bonnies.

When the teams met again Wednesday night, the sophomore guard had the ball in his hands in the final minute, but the result wasn't the same.

With Duquesne trailing 69-67, Colter drove to the hoop and drew a foul, but he missed both free throws with 17.9 seconds left.

Matthew Wright made two foul shouts with 12.5 seconds remaining, and St. Bonaventure beat Duquesne, 71-67, before 3,722 fans at Reilly Center.

“It's a hard-fought game, it's late in February, and that's what college basketball's like,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “It was almost identical to our game we played in our place — two teams really going at it.

“I thought Derrick played fantastic tonight,” he added.

“He'll step up next game, and he'll make those two free throws. It's heartbreaking right now, but we've got to move on quickly.”

St. Bonaventure's Youssou Ndoye made a layup with 33 seconds left to break a 67-67 tie.

Ferry argued with the officials, wanting a travel call on the play.

“If we make a free throw here and there, if the referees call the obvious travel ...” Ferry said. “I think everybody in the gym saw it was a travel, and they didn't call the travel. That's a big play in a game like this.”

The Dukes (11-14, 3-9 Atlantic 10) lost for the fifth time in six games.

It was their sixth straight loss at Reilly Center.

Micah Mason, a Highlands graduate, led Duquesne with 14 points and was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

Colter and Ovie Soko added 12 points each.

Wright had a game-high 22 points for St. Bonaventure (16-10, 6-6).

The Dukes overcame a 14-point deficit and took their first lead of the second half (62-60) with 6:19 left.

In rallying, Duquesne overcame a slow start.

The Dukes shot 33 percent (10 of 30) in the first half and 57 percent (16 of 28) in the second half. They made their first seven shots after the break to tie the game at 43-43 after the Bonnies held their biggest lead (39-25).

“We fought all the way to the end,” Ferry said. “We had a bad first half, but I thought we fought right back.”

Duquesne plays Dayton on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Shawn Campbell is a freelance writer.

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