Duquesne shot 59% from the field and scored 88 points, the most allowed by the 49ers this season, in handing Charlotte an 88-77 Atlantic 10 loss in Halton Arena, Wednesday.
Charlotte (13-15; 5-10), which wrapped up its home season, got a double-double from junior center Chris Braswell and scored its most points of the A-10 season, but struggled to stop Duquesne's offense.
"We lost our identity," said 49ers head coach Alan Major. "Our identity is as a defensive team. We need to stick to our identity and be who we are. What you had was one team being who they were and one who wasn't. We've got to be a defensive-minded, tough, first-to-the-floor kind of team."
Charlotte found itself down by just six, 42-36 at halftime, despite allowing the Dukes to shoot 55% in the opening frame -- thanks in large part to an 11-point; 9-rebound performance from Braswell. Duquesne (16-13; 7-8), however, upped the ante in the second half, shooting 64% to answer every run Charlotte mustered.
After going down by 10 early in the second half, a pair of three-pointers from Javarris Barnett and Deuce Briscoe sandwiched a layup by DeMario Mayfield as the 49ers closed to within 4, 48-44 with 15:24 to play. Duquesne built the lead back to 10 by the 10:46 mark, before Charlotte charged back to within five on a Braswell dunk and then to within four, 61-57, with 7:55 to play on three free throws from Briscoe.
Still within six, 70-64 with 4:19 to play, Charlotte gave up three-pointers from Kadeem Pantophlet and TJ McConnell as the Dukes pushed the lead back to double-digits, 78-66, with 2:57 to play. This time Charlotte was unable to scrap back.
Mayfield led the 49ers with 19 points and added four assists. Braswell had his 7th double-double of the season, and the 22nd of his career with a 17-point, 11-rebound performance. Briscoe, who hit 4-of-6 three-pointers, finished with 15 points and Barnett added 14.
Duquesne had five players in double figures, led by B.J. Monteiro, who scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Eric Evans added 17 points and five assists. The Dukes forced 20 Charlotte turnovers with 11 steals and enjoyed a 28-0 advantage in fastbreak points.
"We have two days to regroup and get our minds bcak and get our identity back," added Major, whose 49ers wrap up the regular-season at Xavier, Saturday.