Billikens Slip by Duquesne for 12th Straight Win
PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike McCall scored 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds remaining, as No. 19 Saint Louis avoided an upset by beating Duquesne 76-72 on Wednesday night.
Reserve forward Grandy Glaze added 12 points and Rob Loe had 10 for the Billikens (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th consecutive game.
Ovie Soko scored 18 points to lead Duquesne (8-9, 1-4).
The Dukes went ahead 72-70 on Jeremiah Jones' free throws with 57 seconds remaining, but Austin McBroom made a 3-pointer that gave the Billikens a 73-72 lead with 47 seconds left.
The Dukes had a chance to take the lead with 13 seconds remaining, but Dominique McKoy missed a reverse layup. McCall rebounded and was fouled, and he made two free throws to seal the victory for Saint Louis.
Saint Louis continued its recent dominance over Duquesne, beating the Dukes for the fifth consecutive meeting and for the seventh time in eight games.
This one was much tougher than the previous games, though. Saint Louis entered ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense and led the Atlantic 10 in field-goal percentage and 3-point defense, but the Dukes scored more points and shot a better percentage than any team had against the Billikens all season.
The Dukes came out and scorched the Billikens early, shooting 52 percent from the field (13 for 25) and 56 percent (5 for 9) from 3-point range in the first half while taking a 36-34 lead into halftime.
Micah Mason paced the Dukes with nine first-half points, all on 3-pointers. The Dukes had a chance to go into halftime with a double-digit lead, but missed their final five shots in the final three minutes of the half.
The Dukes led 36-28 and had possession with less than three minutes remaining in the half, but a 10-second call on point guard Derrick Colter allowed St. Louis to cut the lead to five on Mike Crawford's 3-pointer on the next possession. A basket and free throw by Glaze cut the deficit to two at the intermission.
Glaze came off the bench to score 12 points in the first half for the Billikens, who shot 44 percent from the field in the half.