Late clutch defense helps Dukes cling to victory

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Jim Ferry celebrates the victory Wednesday. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Emile Blackman clapped his hands and licked his lips as he waited for Davell Roby to drive to his right. Then Blackman planted his feet and took the charge.

"When you get stops, it's fun," Jim Ferry said.

After the charge, Tarin Smith blocked a 3-pointer, Darius Lewis blocked a shot inside, Rene Castro forced a steal and the Duquesne defense forced a shot clock violation, all combining to turn a 62-62 tie into a 73-66 victory over Saint Louis on Wednesday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Blackman's defensive effort was just one of many crucial defensive plays down the stretch for the Dukes (9-8, 2-2 A-10), who have typically found themselves on the opposite side of defensive miscues all season. But this was different: