@DuqMBB Comeback Falls Short at Saint Louis

Feb. 11, 2017

Box Score

ST. LOUIS, MO - Mike Crawford scored 21 points, including a big 3-pointer with just under two minutes left, as Saint Louis held off Duquesne, 87-81, at Chaifetz Arena.

Mike Lewis II led the Dukes with a career-high 24 points. Emile Blackman added 16 and Jordan Robinson scored a season-high 14 off the bench for DU, which rallied from a 14-point first half deficit to tie it on a Lewis II 3-pointer with 2:18 left.

Crawford, who went 4-of-4 from the arc, followed with his 3-pointer that gave the Billikens the lead for good.

DU cut it to one on Lewis II's fifth and final 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining. SLU's Aaron Hines was fouled and hit a pair with 12 seconds on the clock.

SLU fouled Rene Castro with four seconds remaining. Castro missed the first and intentionally missed the second. Zeke Moore rebounded, was fouled and made a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Saint Louis hit six 3-pointers - including three by Crawford - to jump out to a 22-9 lead. The lead reached 14 before the Dukes - who got three 3-pointers from Lewis II in the opening 20 minutes - rallied to cut it to 43-37 at the half.

SLU went 9-of-11 from the arc in the first half, with Davell Roby, who finished with a career-high 20, and Crawford going a combined 6-of-6.

The Dukes cut it to four 10 times in the second half, before Lewis II hit a free throw with 3:02 left to make it 76-73.

Lewis II then tied it at 76-76 with his 3-pointer with 2:18 left.

Saint Louis, which finished 12-of-18 from 3-point, shot 61.4 percent.

Duquesne shot a season best 57.1 percent, including 10-of-17 from the arc.

Duquesne returns home to open a three-game homestand vs. UMass on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. (Facebook Live/A-10 Digital Network).

NOTES:
• The Saint Louis win snapped a five-game DU series win streak.

Jordan Robinson came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points - seven in each half - before fouling out with 1:20 left.

• Lewis II's 24 points were one more than his previous career high of 23 set vs. VCU ... it was his second career game with five 3-pointers.

• Saint Louis' largest lead was 14 at 26-12 with 12:18 left in the first half ... there was one tie - on a Lewis II 3-pointer that tied it at 76-76 with 2:18 left.

 

 

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