Triple Overtime Thriller
Jan. 13, 2018
PITTSBURGH - Mike Lewis II scored 11 of his 25 points in the third overtime to lead Duquesne to a 101-94 win over La Salle at Palumbo Center.
It was the ninth home win in a row for the Dukes who moved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10.
La Salle, which dropped its fourth straight, fell to 7-11 overall and 1-4 in the A-10.
Pookie Powell led the Explorers with a game-high 26 points.
Tarin Smith had 21 points off the bench and Jordan Robinson posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Duquesne outscored La Salle's bench 45-24. Chas Brown had a season-high 12 and Eric Williams Jr. posted a 13-10 double-double for the Dukes who had five double-digit scorers for the first time this season.
The game was tied at 92-92 in the third overtime when - with fellow guards Castro-Caneddy and Smith on the bench with five fouls - Lewis II drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He added another 3-pointer on DU's next possession to give the Dukes a six-point advantage with 48 seconds left. Lewis II added three more free throws down the stretch to seal it.
Neither team led by more than six in a first half that had four ties and seven lead changes. A late free throw by Smith gave the Dukes a 35-34 halftime lead.
The two continued to exchange baskets, with neither team leading by more than two from the 12:18 mark until Powell opened the first overtime with back-to-back baskets.
Duquesne trailed by six with 32 seconds remaining in the first overtime when Smith hit a 3-pointer. Smith then made it a two-point game with a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left. The Dukes' Kellon Taylor and Robinson trapped La Salle's Isiah Deas in the corner and Smith got a hand on the ensuing pass, knocking it toward Castro-Caneddy in the key. Castro-Caneddy came up with the ball and, while falling, was able to get the ball to the backboard where Taylor grabbed it an put it in with four seconds on the clock to send it to the second overtime.
Smith missed a contested 12-footer at the end of the second overtime which ended at 88-88.
There were 15 ties and 33 lead changes in the game.
Duquesne heads to Missouri to take on Saint Louis on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET (Atlantic 10 Network).
Duquesne's 4-1 conference record is its best since the 2010-11 team opened 8-0. The 13-5 overall mark is also the best since the 2010-11 CBI team started 16-5. The 2011 team finished 19-13 overall and 10-6 in the A-10 (t4th).
Freshman Eric Williams Jr. posted his seventh double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The seven double-doubles are second-most in the Atlantic 10.
Jordan Robinson came off the bench to post his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Graduate transfer Chas Brown finished with a season-high 12 points. His previous Duquesne high was eight (vs. Maryland Eastern Shore and Dayton). His career high, set last year vs. Delaware State is 22.
Eric James came off the bench to grab six of his season high-tying seven rebounds in the three overtime periods.
This was Duquesne's first triple overtime game since an 80-76 home win over Notre Dame on Feb. 25, 1993.
Duquesne went 29-of-45 from the foul line (.644) and La Salle finished 19-of-31 (.613). There were a total of 56 fouls called (29 on La Salle and 27 on Duquesne. Eric Williams Jr., Rene Castro-Caneddy and Tarin Smith all fouled out for DU, while Tony Washington and Saul Phiri fouled out for La Salle.
Duquesne's largest lead was eight points at 100-92 with 21 seconds left in the third overtime ... La Salle's largest lead was six, the last of which came at 78-72 with 32 seconds to go in the first overtime ... Duquesne led for 25:32 and La Salle led for 20:21 ... the game was tied for 8:46 ... there were 15 ties and 33 lead changes before Mike Lewis II gave Duquesne the lead for good with 1:27 left in the third overtime.