Duquesne

Dukes dominated inside, dunked by VCU

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Emile Blackman and the Dukes couldn't find a way to beat VCU for the first time in the series. — FILE / DKPS

VCU's Mo Alie-Cox took a dribble, turned and then threw the basketball through the rim with elite force, not caring that he's 6-foot-7 and Duquesne's Darius Lewis, the only object in front of him, stood 6-11.

"We really didn't have an answer for Mo Alie-Cox," Jim Ferry said of VCU's big man, who scored 18 points on a scorching 9-for-9 shooting effort en route to completely flabbergasting Ferry's crew in a 94-87 loss Wednesday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

That posterizing dunk that Alie-Cox laid on Lewis came in the midst of a crucial 13-2 second-half run for the Rams. The run allowed VCU to go up double digits after the Dukes came storming out of the halftime gate with seven consecutive points.

From there, VCU led by as much as 18 to pull away with the victory despite Kale Abrahamson bringing the Dukes within six with a deep 3 with 8:12 to go in the game.

The loss wasn't as close as the final score indicated, as evidenced by Rene Castro's disgusted facial expression when he scored the game's final three points with six seconds to go. The seven-point defeat brought the Dukes back down to Earth after having won four straight, including last week's Atlantic 10 opener.