@DuqMBB Comes up Short at Saint Joe's
Feb. 17, 2018
PHILADELPHIA - Shavar Newkirk scored a game-high 26 points and added 10 assists to lead Saint Joseph’s to an 82-75 win over Duquesne at Hagan Arena.
Rene Castro-Caneddy led Duquesne with 21 points. Tarin Smith added 19, including a career high-tying four 3-pointers, and Eric Williams Jr. posted his tenth double-double with 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Dukes who dropped their fourth in a row.
Duquesne, which trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, outscored the Hawks 9-2 out of the half to take a 40-38 lead on a Castro-Caneddy layup.
Saint Joe’s was up 57-53, when Newkirk stepped to the line to hit a pair of free throws with 5:20 left. Duquesne was whistled for a bench technical following a Williams Jr. turnover. Taylor Funk made both free throws and Pierfrancesco Oliva added a 3-pointer to cap the five-point possession that gave the Hawks a 64-53 lead with 4:43 remaining.
A Newkirk jumper made it a 15-point game with 3:41 left.
Duquesne would get no closer than eight until Smith - who hit three of his 3-pointers in the final minute - buried a trey to make it 78-72 with 33 seconds remaining.
Newkirk answered with a pair of free throws and Nick Robinson added a dunk to up the lead to 10.
Smith hit a 3-pointer just before the horn for the final margin.
The Hawks outshot the Dukes 44.1 percent to 38.0 percent. Duquesne, courtesy of Smith’s late flurry, finished 10-of-33 from 3-point. Saint Joe’s went 9-of-21 from the arc.
Saint Joseph’s led by 11 with three minutes left in the first half, before Duquesne closed with a 10-4 run to make it 36-31 at the horn.
Castro-Caneddy and Smith had 10 each in the opening 20 minutes.
Williams Jr. scored 15 of his 18 in the second half.
Duquesne heads to Olean, N.Y. to face second-place St. Bonaventure (20-6, 10-4) Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Facebook).
• Williams Jr. posted his 10th double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He is now one shy of the school record for double-doubles by a freshman set by Bruce Atkins in 1978-79 (11). It was Williams Jr.’s fifth double-double in conference play.
• Tarin Smith’s four 3-pointers (4-of-7) tied his career high set earlier this season vs. Stetson (4-of-6). Smith hit three 3-pointers in the game’s final 47 seconds.
• With his four blocks, Tydus Verhoeven upped his freshman record for blocks in a season to 62. He now ranks ninth on DU’s career list, one behind No. 8 Effrem Whitehead who posted 63 rejections from 1991-94.
• Duquesne’s largest lead was two, the last of which came at 40-38 with 17:07 left ... Saint Joseph’s largest lead was 15 at 69-54 with 3:18 to go ... Duquesne led for 0:57 and Saint Joe’s led for 34:48 ... the game was tied for 4:15 ... there were five ties and four lead changes before SJU took the lead for good on a Shavar Newkirk jumper with 16:31 left.