@DuqMBB Downed by Fordham
Feb. 10, 2018
PITTSBURGH - Fordham shot a season-high 60 percent, and held Duquesne to a season-low 32 percent, in defeating the Dukes, 80-57, at Palumbo Center.
Ivan Raut paced Fordham with a career-high 25 points. Will Tavares (15-10) and Prokop Slanina (13-11) added double-doubles for the Rams.
Kellon Taylor came off the bench to lead Duquesne with a career-high 13 points - all in the second half. Mike Lewis II was the only other Duke in double figures with 10 - with all 10 coming in the second half as well.
The loss was the third in a row for the Dukes, who scored a season-low 57 points in dropping to 15-11 overall and 6-7 in Atlantic 10 play. Fordham, who Duquesne defeated 64-41 in the Bronx on Jan. 6, moved to 9-15 overall and 4-8 in the A-10.
Fordham hit nine of its first 11 shots - including 4-of-6 from 3-point - in building a 26-16 lead. Duquesne went scoreless for nearly six minutes as the Rams' advantage reached 30-18.
Jordan Robinson, who scored all nine of his points in the first half, converted a three-point play late to cut it to 32-23 at intermission.
The 23 points were DU's second-lowest total in a half this season.
Fordham got a pair of 3-pointers from Raut in outscoring the Dukes 12-4 out of the half to make it 44-27.
The lead reached 47-29 when Perris Hicks hit three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with 15:51 left.
The Dukes briefly cut it to 47-33 on a Mike Lewis II jumper, before Raut answered with his third 3-pointer of the half to ignite a 11-0 run that pushed the lead to 25.
Duquesne would get no closer than 17 the rest of the way.
The Dukes, who outrebounded the Rams 44-20 in the first meeting, were outrebounded 34-27.
DU, which assisted on nine of 19 field goals, went 4-of-24 from the 3-point arc.
Fordham, led by Raut's 4-of-7, was 8-of-18 from distance.
Duquesne is idle until heading to Philadelphia to take on Saint Joseph's next Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Network).
Duquesne shot a season-low .317 (19-of-60). DU's previous low shooting percentage was .328 (19-of-58) at Saint Louis.
Kellon Taylor came off the bench to score all of his career-high 13 points in the second half. It was his second career double-digit game. Taylor finished 5-of-5 from the field with three dunks and a 3-pointer. His seven rebounds were two shy of his career best. Taylor's previous scoring high was 11 at George Washington on Jan. 31.
Duquesne's largest lead was 3-2 with 18:41 left in the first half ... Fordham's largest lead was 26, the last of which came at 64-38 with 9:00 left in the game ... Duquesne led for 0:46 and Fordham led for 38:53 ... the game was tied for 0:21 ... there were two ties and two lead changes before Fordham took the lead for good on a Prokop Slanina free throw with 18:40 left in the first half.