@DuqMBB Falls in OT to Richmond
Jan. 24, 2018
PITTSBURGH - Nick Sherod scored a game-high 28 points as Richmond survived a furious Duquesne comeback to defeat the Dukes, 77-73 in overtime at Palumbo Center.
Eric Williams Jr. scored 16 of his team-high 25 in the second half to help the Dukes rally from a 16-point deficit.
Tarin Smith, who sent it to overtime on a driving layup with 4.4 seconds left in regulation, had 15 points for the Dukes who saw their home win streak snapped at 10.
The Spiders, who led 34-28 at the half, took a 50-34 lead on a Grant Golden dunk with 13:41 remaining. Golden was assessed a technical foul for pushing Williams Jr. after the play.
The foul ignited the Dukes who went on an 18-2 run to tie it at 52-52 on a Williams Jr. layup with 7:44 left. Williams Jr. scored 11 during the run.
DU took its first lead on a Jordan Robinson jump hook that made it 54-53.
The game was tied at 57-57 when UR got six-straight points from Sherod to take a six-point lead with 3:38 left.
DU cut it to 65-63 on a put-back dunk by Robinson, then came up with steal to set up a Mike Lewis II 3-pointer that made it 66-65. The make was the first in eight second-half field goal attempts for Lewis II who finished with 13.
Golden, who scored 21, answered with a three-point play to give UR a 68-66 lead with just under 14 seconds to play.
Smith followed with his driving bucket to force the overtime.
Each team had one field goal in the extra session, with the difference coming at the foul line, where Richmond went 7-of-10, while Duquesne was 2-of-2.
Sherod gave Richmond a 75-73 lead on a short jumper with 32 seconds left in the overtime.
UR's De'Monte Buckingham tied up Lewis II, forcing a held ball that gave possession to the Spiders with eight seconds left.
Buckingham was fouled and hit both free throws for the final margin.
Richmond outshot Duquesne 49.1 percent to 38.2 percent, despite going 5-of-17 from the 3-point arc.
The Dukes outrebounded the Spiders 50-34.
Richmond hit its first seven shots in jumping out to a 15-6 lead. The Spiders pushed it to 12 on a Julius Johnson 3-pointer before Duquesne's defense clamped down, holding UR to three of its next 15 as the Dukes cut the lead to 28-26. The Spiders closed the half on a 4-0 run to make it 34-28.
UR scored the first 10 of the second half to go up 44-28 on the second of back-to-back Sherod 3-pointers.
Duquesne (14-7, 5-3) heads to conference-leading Rhode Island (16-3, 8-0) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Noon. The game will be televised nationally by NBCSN.
Richmond has now won 20 of 21 over Duquesne since joining the Atlantic 10. DU led the series 8-0 before the Spiders joined the conference in 2001-02.
Duquesne, which finished with a season-high 50 rebounds, was led by Lewis II's career-high nine.
Freshman Eric Williams Jr. went 5-of-9 from the 3-point arc in scoring a team-high 25 points. Williams Jr. is 14-of-24 from the arc in his past two games (he hit a school-record nine in a school record-tying 15 attempts in a freshman record-setting 34-point outing vs. George Mason). Williams Jr. added eight rebounds and a career-high four steals in 42 minutes.
The last time Duquesne played three overtime games in a season was 2009-10, when the Dukes played a school record six. Duquesne defeated La Salle, 101-94, in triple overtime on Jan. 13 and George Mason in double overtime, 95-89, on Jan. 20. This was DU's third-straight overtime game at home.
Duquesne's largest lead was two, twice, both in overtime, the last at 73-71 with 2:40 left ... Richmond's largest lead was 16, the last of which came at 50-34 with 13:41 left in regulation ... Duquesne led for 2:02 and Richmond led for 38:46 ... the game was tied for 4:03 ... there were six ties and six lead changes, all of which came from the 7:18 mark of the second half to the end of the game.