@DuqMBB Defeated at Dayton
Feb. 7, 2018
DAYTON, OHIO - Dayton hit its first 10 shots of the second half to break open a close game and pull away for a 88-73 win over Duquesne at UD Arena.
Rene Castro-Caneddy led four Dukes in double figures with 21 points. Tarin Smith had 14, Eric Williams Jr. scored 13 and Mike Lewis II totaled 12 for Duquesne, who was outscored 59-47 in the second half.
Josh Cunningham and Darell Davis led Dayton with 21 and 20 points respectively.
Dayton shot a Duquesne opponent-best .646 - including 20-of-24 in the second half - in securing a regular-season split with the Dukes, who defeated UD, 70-62, in Pittsburgh on Dec. 30.
There were five ties and a pair of lead changes in a first half that ended with Dayton up 29-26. Neither team led by more than five in the opening 20 minutes.
Dayton got a pair of 3-pointers from Jordan Davis and a three-point play from Cunningham in putting together a 15-5 run to open the second half.
The Flyers upped their lead to 49-31 on back-to-back baskets by Darrell Davis before Castro-Caneddy connected on a 3-pointer.
Dayton, which hit its first 10 shots of half, didn’t miss until the 12:24 mark, with the score 54-34.
Duquesne rallied to make it 64-52 on a Tydus Verhoeven basket with 5:44 left, only to see the Flyers push the lead back to 17 on a Trey Landers layup.
Lewis II started another rally with a four-point play, as the Dukes made it 78-67 on a Smith 3-pointer with just under two minutes left.
UD answered with a 6-0 run over the next minute to put the game out of reach.
Castro-Caneddy and Williams Jr. had three 3-pointers each for the Dukes, who finished 10-of-24 from the arc.
The Flyers, who finished 8-of-14 from 3-point, outrebounded the Dukes 28-23.
Duquesne returns home to face Fordham on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Noon in the first game of a men’s/women’s doubleheader. The men’s game, which will be televised by AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, is DU’s second “Steel City Tribute,” as the Dukes will don black and gold uniforms in tribute to the professional sports teams of Pittsburgh.
Advance tickets are on sale for $4.12. In addition, the first 1,000 fans will receive a special edition Duquesne basketball black & gold T-shirt. Over 30 men’s basketball alumni will also be recognized in conjunction with the game.
Duquesne’s women will host Saint Joseph’s in the nightcap.
• Tydus Verhoeven blocked a pair of shots in the first 3:16 to break the Duquesne freshman record for rejections in a season previously held by Derrick Alston (54 in 1991). Verhoeven finished with three blocks to bring his season total to 56. The 56 blocks rank eighth on DU’s all-time single season list.
• Rene Castro-Caneddy finished with a game high-tying 21 points. It was his seventh 20-point game of the season and fifth in 12 conference games.
• Duquesne’s largest lead was two, the last of which came at 9-7 with 12:51 left in the first half ... Dayton’s largest lead was 21 at 59-38 at the 9:37 mark of the second half ... Duquesne led for 2:45 and Dayton led for 31:49 ... the game was tied for 5:26 ... there were five ties and two lead changes.