- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Aaron Jackson and Melquan Bolding scored 24 points apiece and Duquesne moved within a victory of its first NCAA tournament berth in 32 years with a 77-66 decision over Dayton in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Friday night.

Eric Evans added 12 points as the seventh-seeded Dukes (21-11) won their third straight tournament game and posted their second straight upset in knocking off the third-seeded Flyers (26-7). They beat second-seeded Rhode Island in the quarterfinals.

Duquesne will play fourth-seed Temple (21-11) on Saturday night for the A10 title and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The Owls upset No. 19 Xavier 55-53 in the opening semifinal at Boardwalk Hall in this casino resort.

Mickey Perry had 15 points to lead Dayton, which beat Duquesne twice during the regular season. Charles Little added 13 points and Chris Wright had 12 for the Flyers, who will have to wait until Sunday to find out whether they will get their first NCAA tournament berth since 2004.

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