Mike and Mike Show
Jan. 11, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Freshman Isiaha Mike posted his first career double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds in leading Duquesne to a 73-66 come-from-behind win over Saint Louis at Palumbo Center.
Fellow freshman Mike Lewis II - a St. Louis native - had 15 points and Tarin Smith added 14 points and a career-high 8 assists for the Dukes, who rallied from an eight-point deficit with just over 15 minutes left.
Saint Louis hit 5-of-7 shots to build its lead to 48-40 under five minutes into the second half, before Lewis II hit a 3-pointer and Mike followed with a three-point play to cut the lead to two.
Emile Blackman, who scored seven of his 9 points in the second half, gave the Dukes a 50-48 lead on a drive with just over 13 minutes left.
There were two ties and a pair of lead changes - with neither team managing a lead of more than four - until Mike fed Darius Lewis for a dunk that made it 69-64 with 1:18 left.
The Dukes got a pair of defensive stops before taking a seven-point lead on a Smith shot with 42 seconds to go.
Lewis II hit a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left for the final margin.
The Dukes limited the Billikens to 1-of-8 shooting over the final 4:06.
Duquesne shot .523 for the game, despite a 5-of-19 effort from the 3-point arc. It was the Dukes' best percentage since a .525 effort in a win over Saint Francis U on Nov. 16.
The Dukes limited SLU to .407 from the field.
DU was up 19-17, before Saint Louis put together an 11-0 run that included a pair of 3-pointers from Jalen Johnson to take its largest lead at 28-19.
Mike, who had 17 in the half, ended the run with a 3-pointer with 6:38 left.
The Dukes, behind the scoring of Mike, cut it to 36-34 at the half.
Duquesne hosts Dayton at Noon on Saturday, Jan. 14 at PPG Paints Arena (CBSSN). The game, which is part of DU's Hall of Fame Weekend, will include recognition of the class of 2016-17 at halftime. Among those to be honored are the 1969 & 1971 NCAA Tournament men's basketball teams, the 1936 football team (which played in the 1937 Orange Bowl), swimmer Katrina Streiner A`09 and football player Steve Sherer A'74.
Mike's double-double was the first by a DU freshman since T.J. McConnell had 14 points and 10 assists at Fordham in 2011 ... it was the first points-rebounds double-double by a freshman since Melquan Bolding had 23 points and 13 rebounds in an Atlantic 10 Tournament-opening win over UMass on March 11, 2009.
Freshman Mike Lewis II extended his double-digit scoring streak to 11 games with 15 points.
Tarin Smith finished with 14 points and a career-high 8 assists ... his previous assist high was 6, accomplished twice this year (last vs. Jackson State) ... Smith entered the game with 8 total points in DU's first three Atlantic 10 games.
There were six ties and seven lead changes ... Duquesne's largest lead was seven, which it reached twice, including the final margin ... Saint Louis' largest lead was +9 (28-19) with 6:39 remaining in the first half ... Duquesne led for 19:13 and Saint Louis led for 17:37 ... the game was tied for 3:10.
The win was DU's fifth in a row over Saint Louis.