March 2, 2016
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PITTSBURGH - Fordham hit 13 3-pointers, including three by Mandell Thomas in a 3:11 span late in the second half to pull away and defeat Duquesne, 78-69, at Palumbo Center.
Seniors Micah Mason and Derrick Colter led Duquesne (15-15, 5-12) with 19 and 17 points respectively in their final home game.
Ryan Rhoomes had 15 points and 17 rebounds for Fordham (16-12, 7-10), who sent the Dukes to their eighth-consecutive defeat.
Duquesne took a 63-60 lead on an L.G. Gill 3-pointer, before Thomas went to work, hitting a three to tie it and another to give the Rams a 66-63 lead with just over four minutes left.
Thomas, who went 4-of-4 from the arc, finished his 3-point flurry with another to make it 71-65 with 2:52 to go.
Duquesne turned it over three times between Gill's basket and Thomas' last 3-pointer.
"You're up three with 5:40 to go, we get a stop, and then we turn the ball over," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "That's what it really came down to in this game, turnovers and keeping them off the glass."
The Rams scored their last seven points from the line to seal the win.
There were three ties and five lead changes early, before Rhoomes started an 8-0 run with a layup. David Pekarek made it 32-24 on a 3-pointer with 6:22 left. Thomas hit Fordham's ninth 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to give the Rams a 45-36 lead at the half.
"We really struggled guarding them in the first half, and in the second half we held them to 36 percent from the field, but we really got crushed on the offensive glass," said Ferry. "I thought Ryan Rhoomes really, really hurt us in that regard."
Colter, who finished 5-of-7 from the arc, hit his fourth and fifth 3-pointers to help the Dukes cut it to 45-44 with just over 17 minutes left.
DU tied it at 48-48 on a Mason fast break layup and took the lead on a pair of Mason free throws with 15 minutes remaining.
Mason and Colter, who finished with eight assists each, combined for 13 of DU's first 17 second-half points to get the Dukes back in the game.
Fordham shot 46.2 percent, including 13-of-25 from 3-point. The Rams, who got six of their 13 offensive boards from Rhoomes, outrebounded the Dukes 34-26.
Duquesne, which shot 51.0 percent, finished 10-of-24 from the 3-point arc. Colter, who hit his first five three's, finished 5-of-7 from long distance. Mason went 3-of-9 from the arc, giving him a school record-tying 99 3-pointers this season.
Duquesne completes the regular season at Saint Joseph's on Saturday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Digital Network).
• With his game-high 19 points, Micah Mason topped the 500-point mark for the season ... Mason (514 points) and Derrick Colter (529 points) join all-time greats Sihugo Green (551) and Dick Ricketts (523) as the only other DU teammates to top 500 points in the same season ... Green and Ricketts did it on their way to both earning consensus First Team All-American honors during Duquesne's 1955 NIT Championship season.
• Mason's three 3-pointers (99-236 on the season) enabled him to tie Tom Pipkins (99-233 in 1996-97) for the Duquesne single-season record for 3-pointers made.
• With his 17 points, Colter passed Sihugo Green (1,605 points) to move into the No. 8 spot on DU's all-time scoring list (Colter's total stands at 1,615) ... Colter needs one assist (he has 499) to join Norm Nixon (1,805/577) as the only other player in school history with over 1,600 points and 500 assists.
• Colter (8) and Mason (8) combined for 16 of DU's 18 assists.
• Duquesne's largest lead was +7 (7-0) with 17:07 left in the first half ... Fordham's largest lead was +11 (78-67) with 0:17 left ... there were nine ties and 11 lead changes before Thomas gave the Rams the lead for good with 4:02 left.