The Falcons came out strong, taking a 29-17 advantage mid-way through the first half, but that lead had evaporated by halftime, as BG trailed the Dukes by six at the break.
For one of the few times this season, BG had success on the offensive boards, outscoring Duquesne 16-6 on second-chance opportunities. However, turnovers plagued the Falcons, as they coughed up the ball 18 times — compared to only seven turnovers by the Dukes — and allowed Duquesne to score 22 points off those turnovers.
While the Falcons' bench had been playing well of late, BG only got seven points from the bench in this game — all coming from Chauncey Orr, who also had five rebounds in 17 minutes of action for the most successful game of his young career.
Scott Thomas and A'uston Calhoun once again paced the BG attack. Both played a team-high 37 minutes, while Calhoun led the team with 24 points and eight rebounds. Thomas wasn't far behind, as he tallied 20 points, two rebounds and four assists.
BG closed a five-game road trip with a New Years Day tilt with Texas-San Antonio, before returning home Jan. 7 for a conference matchup against Ohio.