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