Duquesne stuns No. 10 Saint Louis
By Staff and Wire Reports
Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 10:48 p.m.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Duquesne pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history Thursday night, defeating No. 10 Saint Louis, 71-64, at Chaifetz Arena.
It was the Dukes' first road win over a top-10 team since a 73-72 win over No. 6 Bradley on March 5, 1962.
Micah Mason, a Highlands graduate, scored a game-high 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Dukes (12-15, 4-10 Atlantic 10). Jerry Jones added 19 points.
“It's a great win for our program,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “Especially in my second year here, trying to rebuild this program, to get a marquee win like this is great. More importantly, we have to build from this. I think it's going to instill some confidence in us. We've talked about it all along: We've felt like we could beat anybody if we played the right way. Tonight proved that we can.”
Saint Louis (25-3, 12-1) had its school-record 19-game winning streak snapped. The Billikens were 14-1 at home, with their only loss coming against undefeated and No. 2 Wichita State.
Duquesne, which trailed 29-25 at halftime, went on an 18-2 run in the second half to take the lead for good. The Dukes shot 55.6 percent in the second half, including 66.7 from 3-point range. Saint Louis shot 4 of 23 (17.4 percent) from 3-point range for the game.
Mason, who entered leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.554), hit four of five from behind the arc for Duquesne, which beat a top-10 opponent on the road for the fifth time (5-28) in program history. The Dukes, who were 14-point underdogs, improved to 25-55 against teams ranked in the top 10.
The Dukes' victory came just five days after a 57-54 loss to Dayton at Consol Energy Center, when Duquesne made only four field goals after halftime and lost an 18-point second-half lead.
“We just lost two heartbreaking games prior this with under 30 seconds to go,” Ferry said. “I give my kids a ton of credit for coming in here believing they could win and making the plays to do so.”
Dwayne 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.
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 went on the 18-2 surge capped by a 3-pointer and then a layup by Jones that made it 53-44 with 7:41 left.
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