Duquesne 78, Rhode Island 71

Sean Johnson and T.J. McConnell led five Duquesne scorers in

double figures with 16 points each and the Dukes defeated Rhode

Island 78-71 on Saturday.

Mike Talley added 13, B.J. Monteiro 12 and Eric Evans 10 for

Duquesne (11-7, 2-2 Atlantic 10 Conference), which defeated Rhode

Island for the first time in eight regular season meetings.

The Dukes shot 49.1 percent (27 of 55), outscoring the Rams 22-2

on the fast break and 40-28 in the paint.

The Rams (3-15, 0-3) pulled within two, 52-50, on Andre Malone’s

3 with 11:12 left but Mike Talley scored the next five points as

Duquesne took a 57-50 lead on a 3-pointer with 9:36 left. The Dukes

would lead by no less than five and by as many as 11 the rest of

the way.

Jonathan Holton had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Rhode