Compiled by Sports Editor Adam Lindner
— The Duquesne men’s basketball team fell on Wednesday night in Olean, New York, to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, who won their ninth-straight game in a 73-67 contest. Bonnies guard Jaylen Adams — who scored an A.J. Palumbo opponent record 40 points in St. Bonaventure’s 84-81 win against Duquesne on Feb. 3 — continued to torment the Dukes, scoring 11 of his game-high 24 points in the final 4:44 of regulation on Wednesday night. Duquesne (15-13, 6-9 A-10), who was led by freshman Eric Williams Jr. with 19 points, dropped its fifth-straight contest in the defeat. Rene Castro-Caneddy had 15, Jordan Robinson recorded 11 and Tarin Smith added 10 points for the Dukes, who will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the A.J. Palumbo Center versus the Davidson Wildcats (16-10, 11-4 A-10).
— The Duquesne women’s track & field team concluded its indoor season this past weekend at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship, where it finished fifth. Sophomore Bethany Evankovich led Duquesne in earning two gold medals for the Dukes, with school-record performances in the 200-meter and 500-meter runs. VCU claimed the Indoor title. Next, the Dukes will open their outdoor season on March 16-17 at the Charlotte 49er Invitational at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Atlantic 10 Briefs
— Atlantic 10-leading Rhode Island suffered its first conference loss of the season on Feb. 16 in Olean, New York, where the Rams fell to St. Bonaventure, 77-74. Rhode Island, then ranked No. 16 in the AP Poll, slid backwards two spots to No. 18 following its loss. The Rams beat La Salle in overtime on Feb. 20, 95-93, to move to 22-4 and 14-1 in conference.
This Week in Sports History
— On Feb. 22, 1893, one of sports’ greatest rivalries began when Alabama and Auburn faced off in football for the first time. Auburn won the first-ever Iron Bowl 32-22. Since then, 81 more games have been played, with Alabama leading the all-time series 45-36-1.