Duquesne

Dukes’ balance fends off Fordham, 75-72, in A-10 opener

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Emile Blackman. — DKPS / FILE

Duquesne controlled the glass and used a balanced offensive attack to open Atlantic 10 play to beat Fordham, 75-72, Friday night at Rose Hill Gym in New York. The Dukes had five players in double-figures, led by Emile Blackman's 16.

Duquesne (8-6) led the entire game until the 3:48 mark of the second half when Fordham's Antwoine Anderson made a layup to take a 65-64 lead. But Mike Lewis II nailed a 3 and Blackman followed it up with a layup to regain the lead for good.

"We talk about what league play is about and that was a typical league basketball game," said Duquesne head coach"We talk about what league play is about and that was a typical league basketball game," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "What's that they say, `onions?' I thought Mike showed that on that last 3-pointer. We showed great composure as a group tonight."

Earlier, Fordham (6-8) pulled within three points at 46-43 with 13:33 left in the second half but Duquesne quickly took the momentum back with a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 10 points at the time.