Dukes Season Ends on Last-Second Shot
March 8, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Davell Roby scored on a put back with :01.6 left to give 11th-seeded Saint Louis a 72-71 win over No. 14 seed Duquesne in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena.
Roby's bucket, which came off a missed layup by Jalen Johnson, gave the Billikens their first lead of the game.
Mike Lewis II led four Dukes in double figures with a game-high 22 points.
Elliott Welmer scored 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half for Saint Louis, who will face No. 6 seed George Washington (18-13) in a second round game on Thursday.
Duquesne, which led by 18 with 15:03 left, took a five-point lead on a pair of Lewis II free throws with 24 seconds left.
Mike Crawford, who finished with 16 points, scored on a layup. Duquesne turned it over trying to inbound, setting up another Crawford drive that made it a one-point game.
SLU then fouled Emile Blackman, a 77 percent free throw shooter, who missed both nine seconds left setting up the Billikens' final possession.
Duquesne did manage a long inbound pass to Kale Abrahamson, who got off an errant shot at the final horn.
Duquesne hit five 3-pointers - including three from Mike - in jumping out to a 23-8 lead. The Dukes led 42-26 before SLU closed the half with a 6-0 run to make it 42-32.
Saint Louis briefly cut it to five early in the second half, before Lewis II - who went 1-of-5 from the arc in the first half - hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 48-37.
The Duquesne lead reached 18 before SLU, behind the scoring of the 6-9 Welmer, cut it to nine with just over 11 minutes remaining.
Welmer and Johnson hit 3-pointers to make it a five-point game and a Reggie Agbeko dunk made it 62-61 at the 4:51 mark.
Despite the run, the Dukes managed to maintain the lead until Roby's bucket.