@DuqMBB Falls in Closing Seconds at Mason
March 1, 2017
FAIRFAX, VA - Duquesne had a pair of shots in the closing seconds, but couldn't convert as George Mason hung on to defeat the Dukes, 63-62 at Eagle Bank Arena.
DU called timeout with 11 seconds left, setting up a final play. Lewis II drove the lane and couldn't convert. Tarin Smith was there for a follow, but it came up short as the horn sounded.
Jalen Jenkins led George Mason with 13.
The Mason win snapped a three-game DU series win streak.
The Dukes held Mason scoreless for over three minutes to cut it to one on a Mike layup with just over two minutes left.
Smith hit a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left to make it 63-62.
DU then came up with a defensive stop to set up the final possession.
Lewis II ended up with the ball on the left side and drove the lane, drawing contact from Jalen Jenkins. Lewis II's shot rolled off the rim. Smith scrambled to pick up the ball and got an attempt up that was short.
There were five ties and nine lead changes, before George Mason went on a 6-2 run over the final 2:27 to take a 30-27 lead at the half.
Isiaha Mike scored 13 points in the first 5:14 of the second half to help the Dukes to a 44-36 lead.
Duquesne shot 43.6 percent to 40.3 for Mason. The Dukes went 4-of-14 from the arc, while GMU finished 3-of-18.
DU won the battle of the boards 39-35.
Duquesne concludes the regular season at home vs. Saint Joseph's on Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. (Facebook Live/Atlantic 10 Digital Network). Final year players Kale Abrahamson, Emile Blackman and Darius Lewis will be recognized in a pregame Senior Day ceremony. The game will also mark DU's Steel City Tribute as the team will wear commemorative black and gold uniforms. Tickets for Saturday's game will be priced at $4.12 in recognition of the city's area code.
Mike Lewis II went 2-of-5 from the 3-point arc to set a new Duquesne freshman record with 59 3-pointers ... the previous mark of 58 was set by Tom Pipkins in 1994.
Duquesne shot 50 percent in the second half.
Darius came of the bench to contribute five points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes ... Lewis now has 102 blocks in 103 career games.
Duquesne had won the past three meetings in Fairfax - all by double-digit margins.
There were nine ties and 13 lead changes in the game ... Duquesne's largest lead was +8, the last of which came at 46-38 with 13:52 to go ... George Mason's largest lead was +5 (61-56) with 4:36 left ... Duquesne led for 18:29, Mason led for 16:15 ... the game was tied for 5:12.