Late Run Gives UMass 85-75 Win Over @DuqMBB
March 3, 2018
AMHERST, MASS. - Malik Hines scored a career-high 20 points, including a big three-point play with just under two minutes left, to lead Massachusetts to a 85-75 win over Duquesne at Mullins Center.
Hines, who finished 8-of-8 from the field, took a long pass and was fouled on his fourth dunk of the game and made the ensuing free throw to key a game-ending 13-5 run.
Luwane Pipkins, who scored 13 of his 16 in the second half, was one of five Minutemen in double figures.
UMass took its largest lead at 58-47 before the Dukes put together an 8-0 run to tie it at 58-58 on an Eric James 3-pointer with 8:36 left.
Pipkins then scored six of UMass' next nine to give the Minutemen a 67-60 lead.
Castro-Caneddy cut it to four with a 3-pointer at the shot clock horn, then found Williams Jr. for a jumper that made it 67-65.
Lewis II hit a deep 3-pointer to make it 72-70 forcing a UMass timeout with 2:50 remaining.
Carl Pierre, who finished with 15, hit a baseline jumper to make it a four-point game.
Castro-Caneddy turned it over and UMass quickly inbounded and C.J. Anderson found Hines for the dunk and foul that made it a 77-70 with 1:56 left.
Rayshawn Miller followed with a jumper to put the game out of reach.
UMass, which scored 52 in the second half, shot 58 percent. Duquesne finished at 49 percent.
There were six ties and seven lead changes in a first half that ended with a basket from UMass' Miller that tied it at 33-33 at the horn. Neither team led by more than four in the opening 20 minutes.
There were seven ties and 12 lead changes in the game overall.
Duquesne heads to Washington, D.C. for the Atlantic 10 Championship (March 7-11). The Dukes, who will be seeded No. 10, will face No. 7 seed Richmond on Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. (NBCSN). The winner will face second-seeded St. Bonaventure in the quarterfinal at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9.
Eric Williams Jr. finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. It was his Duquesne freshman record-tying 14th double-digit rebound game, tying him with Bruce Atkins (14 in 1978-79) for the freshman mark. Williams Jr. currently ranks fourth on the freshman list for total points (450) and second in total rebounds (276).
With his four 3-pointers, Mike Lewis II (86) moved to within three of passing Tony Petrarca (88 in 1990) and Micah Mason (88 in 2015) for fourth on DU's list for 3-pointers made in a season. Mason holds the school record with 118 in 2016.
Tydus Verhoeven finished with four blocks to bring his freshman-record total to 71. The 71 blocks already rank eighth on DU's career list.
Duquesne's largest lead was four at 30-26 with 2:35 left in the first half ... UMass' largest lead was 13 at 83-70 with 14 seconds left ... Duquesne led for 8:00 and UMass led for 28:09 ... the game was tied for 3:51 ... there were seven ties and 12 lead changes before Pipkins gave UMass the lead for good with 8:07 left.