Dukes D Throttles Rams
Jan. 6, 2018
BRONX, N.Y. - Duquesne opened the second half with a 17-0 run to take control in a record-setting 64-41 Atlantic 10 win over Fordham at Rose Hill Gym.
DU, the last Division I team to play a road game, responded by posting the school's largest margin ever in an A-10 road contest.
The win was the tenth in 11 games for the Dukes, who are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 team opened 8-0.
Rene Castro-Caneddy, who scored 10 in the 17-0 run, led the Dukes with 21 points. Tarin Smith added 12 points and six assists and Jordan Robinson scored a season-high 10 for DU, who held Fordham to its lowest point total in series history.
Duquesne, which led 33-26 at the half, held the Rams without a field goal until the 12:39 mark of the second half in building a 50-26 lead.
There was one tie and a pair of lead changes before Duquesne went on a 9-0 run to take a 21-13 lead on a pair of Mike Lewis II free throws. Smith started the run with a bucket and found Jordan Robinson for a dunk and Castro-
Duquesne heads to Richmond, Va. to face VCU on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 8:00 p.m. The VCU game will be televised by the Stadium Network (will air locally on WPNT-2 and Verizon Fios channel 820).
DU is 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11 team opened 8-0. This is just the third time in 41 Atlantic 10 seasons that the Dukes have opened 3-0. The other in addition to 2010-11 was in 2008-09 (3-0).
Head coach Keith Dambrot's 12-4 record is the best by a first-year Duquesne coach since Donald "Dudey" Moore went 13-3 in his first season in 1948-49. Dambrot is DU's 11th coach since Moore finished on the Bluff in 1957-58. Moore coached Keith Dambrot's father, Sid, for three seasons (1952-54).
This was Duquesne's largest margin of victory in an Atlantic 10 road game ... previous was a 89-68 win (+21) at Fordham on Jan. 25, 2009
Fordham's previous low point total in the series was 45 in a 67-45 win on Dec. 10, 1954.
The 41 points were the fewest allowed by a Dukes team since a 34-33 loss to Saint Peter's on March 10, 1980 (NIT).
Jordan Robinson, who finished with a season-high 10 points, matched his previous season high with eight first-half points.
Duquesne's largest lead was 26 points the last of which came at 59-33 with 7:10 left ... Fordham's largest lead was 13-9 with 8:52 to go in the first half ... Duquesne led for 35:55 and Fordham led for 2:09 ... the game was tied for 1:46.