Dukes Season Ends on Last-Second Shot
March 8, 2017

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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.

Isiaha Mike and Tarin Smith scored 14 points each for the Dukes, who lost their final four games by a total of eight points.

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.

NOTES
• Saint Louis outscored Duquesne 46-18 in the paint ... DU's two centers, Nayke Sanders and Darius Lewis, both fouled out.
• SLU shot 51.8 percent to 44.9 percent for Duquesne ... the Dukes finished 10-of-21 from the 3-point arc ... Saint Louis went 6-of-13 from deep.
• This was Mike Lewis II's ninth 20-point game of the season ... freshman guard scored 20 or more in seven of the Dukes' final 11 games .... he finished the season with a DU freshman record 63 3-pointers.
Isiaha Mike finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes ... the freshman forward went 3-of-5 from the 3-point arc.
• Duquesne's last four losses came by a total of eight points ... all four came down to the final shot.
• There were two early ties and one lead change in the game ... Duquesne's largest lead was +18 at 55-37 with 15:03 left ... Duquesne led for 39:08, Saint Louis led for only the final two seconds ... the game was tied for 0:50.


 

 

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