Duquesne (15-15, 5-12) fell to Fordham (16-12, 7-10) 78-69 tonight at Palumbo Center in dropping its eighth-straight contest.
Senior guards Micah Mason and Derrick Colter led the Dukes with 19 and 17 points, respectively, in their final home game.
Senior forward Ryan Rhoomes led the Rams with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Duquesne took a 63-60 lead on an L.G. Gill 3-pointer before Mandell Thomas hit two threes to give Fordham a 66-63 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Thomas hit another three to make it 71-65 with 2:52 to go.
The Dukes turned the ball over three times between Gill’s basket and Thomas’ last 3-pointer, according to goduquesne.com.
“I thought we contested poorly and that’s something we have to get better at,” Mason said.
Fordham shot 46.2 percent, including 13-of-25 from the arc.
Head coach Jim Ferry said the game came down to turnovers and rebounds for the Dukes, who tallied 17 turnovers. The Rams outrebounded the Dukes 34-26.
“It’s a little frustrating because it’s been a little different each game,” Ferry said. “It’s not something you put your finger on and say ‘fix that.’ I think that’s the definition of frustration: you really can’t grasp the whole thing.”
Duquesne completes the regular season at Saint Joseph’s (24-6, 13-4) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Photo by Rachel Konieczny