@DuqMBB Works Double OT Defeat Mason
Jan. 20, 2018
PITTSBURGH - Eric Williams Jr. scored a freshman record 34 points - including a school record nine 3-pointers - and Tydus Verhoeven blocked a freshman record nine shots as Duquesne extended its home win streak to 10 with a 95-89 double-overtime win over George Mason at Palumbo Center.
Mike Lewis II scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half for the Dukes who moved to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in the Atlantic 10.
George Mason, which dropped to 9-11 overall and 3-4 in the A-10, was led by Justin Kier's 27 points.
Duquesne, which led by 15 in the first half and 11 in the second, saw Mason take its first lead since 2-0 on a Kier free throw with 47 seconds left in regulation. The Patriots led by three before Williams - who had 11 rebounds in posting his ninth double-double - rebounded a Lewis II miss, took one dribble and spun at the top of the key to bury a 3-pointer and knot it at 75-75 with :07.5 left.
Tarin Smith blocked a Kier layup attempt to force the overtime.
Duquesne got two more 3-pointers from Williams Jr. in building an 84-77 lead in the first overtime, only to see Mason rally to tie it on a Kier bucket with one second left to send it to the second overtime at 85-85.
Williams Jr.'s school record ninth 3-pointer gave the Dukes a 92-89 lead with 41 seconds left in the second OT.
Verhoeven then blocked back-to-back shots on GMU's next possession, before Lewis II was fouled and hit both.
Tarin Smith, who finished with 13 points, added another free throw with 12 seconds left for the final margin.
The Dukes, led by Verhoeven's effort, tied the school team record with 15 blocked shots.
Duquesne, which entered the game ranked third nationally in 3-point percentage defense, held Mason to 5-of-22 from the arc.
Lewis II and Smith had three 3-pointers each for Duquesne which finished 16-of-37 from the arc.
Williams Jr. hit three 3-pointers in the first 5:25 to give the Dukes a 15-5 lead. DU, which hit eight of its first nine shots, upped the lead to 22-7 lead on a Lewis II layup.
Mason took advantage of nine early DU turnovers to cut it to 27-26 on an Otis Livingston II jumper.
The Dukes, behind 19 points from Williams Jr., were up 38-34 at the half.
Duquesne completes its two-game homestand with a game against Richmond (6-13, 4-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
DU's 10-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.
Williams Jr., who finished 9-of-15 from the arc broke the school record for 3-pointers shared by Tony Petrarca (8-of-12 vs. Pitt on Dec. 18, 1989), Bryant McAllister (8-of-13 at Rhode Island on Feb. 8, 2006) and Aaron Jackson (8-of-13 at Virginia Tech on Mar. 18, 2009 - NIT).
Williams Jr.'s 34 points broke the freshman record of 32 set by Mike Morrissey vs. Canisius on Feb. 24, 1915 (not a typo). He is the fifth DU freshman to score 30 or more in a game. The last was Mike Lewis II who had 31 last year in a win over UMass.
Tydus Verhoeven, who finished with nine rejections, broke the freshman record for blocks in a game (7) he shared with Derrick Alston. Verhoeven's effort was three shy of the school record of 12 set by Shawn James at Oakland on Nov. 20, 2007. Verhoeven also set a season high for assists (5) and tied his season high for minutes played (33).
DU's 15 team blocks tied the school record set on Nov. 20, 2007 at Oakland and tied on Feb. 6, 2008 vs. Saint Joseph's.
The last time Duquesne played two multiple overtime games in the same season was 2009-10 (three double overtime games). Duquesne defeated La Salle, 101-94, in triple overtime on Jan. 13.
Duquesne's largest lead was 15 at 22-7 at the 11:14 mark of the first half ... George Mason's largest lead was three at 75-72 with 0:07 left in regulation ... Duquesne led for 46:17 and George Mason led for 0:55 ... the game was tied for 2:48 ... there were five ties and three lead changes ... George Mason never led in either of the overtimes.