@DuqMBB Battles #24 (AP) Rhode Island to Wire
Jan. 27, 2018

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KINGSTON, RI - Stanford Robinson's 3-pointer at the buzzer was the difference as #24 (AP) Rhode Island rallied from a 15-point second half deficit to defeat Duquesne 61-58 before a sellout crowd at Ryan Center.

The win was the 12th in a row - and 14th-straight at home - for the Rams.

Rene Castro-Caneddy led Duquesne with 16 points. Mike Lewis II added 12 and Eric Williams Jr. had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Dukes, who led for nearly 30 minutes.

E.C. Matthews, who finished with a game-high 20, scored 14 in the second half to lead the Rhode Island comeback.

Duquesne took its largest lead at 38-23 on a Chas Brown free throw with 16:14 left as the Dukes held the Rams scoreless for the first 5:10 of the second half.

Jared Terrell, who finished with 12, hit URI's first 3-pointer of the game - after an 0-of-7 start - to make it 40-30 with just under 15 minutes left.

Matthews hit a 3-pointer followed by a jumper to make it 45-45 at the 6:49 mark.

URI took its first lead since the 15:50 mark of the first half on a Robinson layup that made it 51-49 with 4:38 left.

Rhody upped the lead to 58-52 on a Matthews 3-pointer, before Castro-Caneddy answered with a 3-pointer and free throw to make it a two-point game with 1:04 remaining.

Williams Jr. tied it on a layup with 28 seconds left, setting up URI's final possession.

Jeff Dowtin drove the lane and kicked to the left corner to Robinson who hit the 3-pointer as time expired.

Duquesne took a 26-13 lead on a Kellon Taylor layup, before the Rams put together a 10-3 run to close it to 29-23 at the half. The 23 points were a URI first-half low this season.

DU, which outshot URI 48.9 percent to 42.9 percent, outrebounded the Rams 36-24. Rhode Island converted 19 Duquesne turnovers into 15 points.

URI, which finished 4-of-15 from the 3-point arc, hit two of the four in the final 2:47.

Duquesne plays the second of back-to-back road games when it heads to Washington, D.C. to face George Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Digital Network).

NOTES
• The Dukes held the Rams to their second-lowest point total of the season. Only #2 (AP) Virginia - in a 70-55 win - has held Rhode Island to fewer points this season. URI's previous low total at home was 68 in a 68-62 win over Charleston on Dec. 16.

• DU, which entered the game ranked fourth nationally in 3-point percentage defense, held Rhode Island to 4-of-15 from the 3-piont arc. Rhody hit two of its four 3-pointers in the final 2:47.

Rene Castro-Caneddy went 7-of-11 from the field in leading the Dukes with 16 points.

• DU's 19 turnovers were one shy of its season high set on Nov. 19 vs. Robert Morris.

• Duquesne's largest lead was 15 at 38-23 with 15:51 left ... Rhode Island's largest lead was six at 58-52 with 2:10 left ... Duquesne led for 29:59 and Rhode Island led for 7:11 ... the game was tied for 2:50 ... there were five ties and four lead changes.

 

 

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