2010 - The Duquesne Dukes men’s basketball team wins the College Basketball Invitational championship

In 2010, the Duquesne Dukes men’s basketball team won the College Basketball Invitational championship, their first national postseason tournament championship in school history.

The Dukes entered the tournament as a six seed and started their campaign by defeating Montana in the first round, and then Oregon in the quarterfinals. They advanced to the semifinals with a 72-68 win over the ACC’s Virginia Tech Hokies, with sophomore guard Sean Johnson scoring a career-high 25 points.

In the CBI championship game, the Dukes faced the University of Oregon again and won in convincing fashion, defeating the Ducks 84-75. Sophomore guard Bill Clark led the Dukes with 22 points, while senior guard Jason Duty scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Sophomore guard Sean Johnson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, finishing with a combined 72 points over the four games.

The 2010 championship was a landmark achievement for the Duquesne basketball program, which had only made one NCAA tournament appearance in the previous 33 years. The team finished the season with a 19-12 record, and the championship win provided a great boost to the program’s reputation and recruiting efforts.