Dukes Make it Eight in a Row at Palumbo
Jan. 3, 2018
PITTSBURGH -Freshman Eric Williams Jr. posted his sixth double-double as Duquesne (11-4, 2-0) extended its home win streak to eight with a 69-52 Atlantic 10 win over George Washington (8-7, 1-1) at the Palumbo Center.
The win was the ninth in 10 games for the Dukes, who are 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2010-11.
Williams Jr., who finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, hit a career high-tying five 3-pointers in helping the Dukes to the second-longest home win streak in the 30-year history of the Palumbo Center.
Rene Castro-Caneddy added 12 points and five assists for the Dukes, who held the Colonials to their lowest point total in the series since Dec. 12, 1981.
Yuta Watanabe led GW with 15 points.
Duquesne, which never trailed, took a 30-21 first-half lead on the last of three consecutive baskets by Castro-Caneddy. Williams Jr. followed with a fast break dunk to make it 32-21 with just over five minutes left.
GW scored the last six points of the half to cut the Duquesne lead to 34-29.
Watanabe cut it to 44-40 on a jumper with just under 14 minutes left, before the Dukes responded with a 19-5 run that included buckets from five different players.
Williams Jr. hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Kellon Taylor to make it 51-42. Taylor scored on a drive to make it an 11-point game. Jordan Robinson and Castro-Caneddy added baskets before Mike Lewis II made it 63-45 on a 3-pointer with 2:51 left.
Duquesne held GW to an opponent season-low 23 second-half points.
The Dukes shot 48.3 percent to 37.5 percent for George Washington. DU, which entered the game ranked seventh nationally in 3-point percentage defense, limited the Colonials to 3-of-14 from the arc.
Duquesne heads to Fordham for its first road game of the season on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m. The Fordham game will be televised nationally by CBSSN.
DU is 2-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 team opened 8-0.
DU's eight game home win streak is the second-longest in the 30-year history of the Palumbo Center. The longest is 14 games spanning the last eight home games of 1990-91 and the first six home games of 1991-92.
This is just the seventh time in 30 seasons that the Dukes have posted 10 or more wins at the Palumbo Center (10-2). The arena record for home wins is 12 set in 1992-94 (12-3). The 2017-18 Dukes have seven home games remaining.
GW's 52 points were its fewest in the series since a 42-40 Colonials win on Dec. 12, 1981. This was the 80th meeting in the series that dates back to 1932.
Head coach Keith Dambrot's 11-4 record is the best by a first-year Duquesne coach since Donald "Dudey" Moore went 12-3 in his first season in 1948-49. Dambrot is DU's 11th coach since Moore finished on the Bluff in 1957-58.
Eric Williams Jr. finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds in posting his sixth double-double of the season. His five 3-pointers (5-of-6) tied his career high set earlier this season vs. Delaware State (also 5-of-6).
Duquesne's largest lead was 19 points at 69-50 with 38 seconds left ... GW never led ... Duquesne led for 38:15 and the game was tied for 1:45.