@DuqMBB Dominates UMass
Feb. 15, 2017

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PITTSBURGH - Mike Lewis II scored a game-high 31 points - one shy of the Duquesne freshman record - and fellow freshman Isiaha Mike added 23 as the Dukes snapped an eight-game losing streak with a resounding 96-66 win over Massachusetts at Palumbo Center.

The 30-point margin of victory tied Duquesne's fifth-largest in Atlantic history.

Lewis II, who missed his first six shots, made his final eight in tying Wayne Smith for second-most points by a DU freshman. Lewis II, who went to the bench with 6:14 left, finished 6-of-7 from the 3-point arc.

Mike, who went 5-of-5 from 3-point, added eight rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes.

Duquesne, which led for all but 33 seconds of the first half, built a pair of 10-point leads before Lewis II buried a 3-pointer to make it 42-29 with three minutes left. The lead briefly reached 15 before a UMass 3-pointer made it 46-34. Lewis II then hit a driving layup with under seven seconds left, stole the inbounds pass between the top of the key and midcourt and in one motion banked in a one-handed 3-pointer at the horn to make it 51-34.

Lewis II, who scored 16 points in the last three minutes of the first half and first three of the second, added two more 3-pointers before giving the Dukes a 61-39 lead on a pair of free throws at the 17:01 mark.

Duquesne steadily built the lead to a high of 42 (92-50) with 4:51 left.

The Dukes, who shot an even 50 percent in each half, finished 14-of-26 from 3-point. DU's 23 assists on its 32 field goals were a season high.

DU held UMass to 38.7 percent shooting.

Rene Castro came off the bench to score 11 points and hand out a career-high six assists for the Dukes. Emile Blackman also finished in double figures with 10 points.

Duquesne returns to action on Sunday at Noon vs. George Washington at Palumbo Center. The game will be televised nationally by NBCSN. In addition to being Duquesne's annual "RED OUT," DU is offering any two seats in the house for $19 for the 2/19 game.

• The Duquesne record for points by a freshman is 32 set by Mike Morrissey vs. Canisius on Feb. 24, 1915 ... Lewis II's 31 points were the most by a DU freshman since Wayne Smith had 31 vs. Akron on Nov. 28, 1998.
• Lewis II's 31 points were the most by a Duke since B.J. Montiero had 30 in a 77-67 win over Fordham five year's ago to the day on Feb. 15, 2012.
• Duquesne's win snapped a five-game UMass series win streak ... the 30-point margin of victory tied DU's third-largest ever over the Minutemen (the record is 31, accomplished twice).
• DU's 23 assists were two more than its previous season high of 21 set in a 89-75 win over Saint Francis U on Nov. 16.
• Duquesne's 17-point halftime lead (51-34) was its largest of the season ... the previous best was +12 vs. Jackson State and at Fordham ... the 51 first half points were the Dukes' most this season.
Darius Lewis made his first start since Dec. 6 at Robert Morris ... this was his 99th career game.
• UMass led once, for a total of 16 seconds, at 11-10 ... Duquesne took the lead for good on an Emile Blackman layup with 15:14 to go in the first half ... DU's largest lead was 42, at 92-50, with 4:52 left ... Duquesne led for 39:27 ... the game was tied for :17.




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