@DuqMBB Downs Greyhounds
Nov. 11, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Tarin Smith led a balanced attack with career a high-tying 13 points, as Duquesne held Loyola, Md. to 36.5 percent shooting in a 65-60 season-opening win at the Palumbo Center.
Duquesne, which led for all but a little over eight minutes of the game, took a 60-57 lead on an Eric James free throw with 2:35 left.
The Dukes, who held the Greyhounds to 32.3 percent shooting in the second half, got a stop and Smith layup to go up five.
Nakye Sanders blocked DU's 12th shot, and Smith was fouled and hit one free throw to make it 63-57.
Loyola got 3-pointer from Andre Walker, who finished with 21 points, to make it a three-point game with just over a minute left.
Blackman missed a 3-point attempt deep in the shot clock, but James tracked down the rebound.
Following a timeout, Mike Lewis II was stripped of the ball on a drive, but James once again came up with the ball, was fouled, and hit a pair of free throws with :11.1 left for the final margin.
Freshman Spencer Littleson scored eight points and James added seven points and six rebounds for a Duquesne bench that outscored Loyola's 23-3.
Duquesne, which trailed by as many as seven early, got a spark from Sanders, who came off the bench to score six points in a little over three minutes.
Sanders, whose career high entering the game was six, gave Duquesne its first lead at 14-13 on a low post layup. Littleson followed with a 3-pointer to make it 17-13, ending a 15-4 DU run. The Dukes matched their largest lead on a Smith jumper that made it 36-27 with 2:07 to go. Loyola got a jumper from Jarred Jones, who tied Walker for game scoring honors with 21 points, at the first half horn to make it 36-32.
The Greyhounds outscored the Dukes 8-2 out of the half to take a 40-38 lead. The game remained tight until Littleson gave the Dukes the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 10:35 left.
Duquesne took a 57-52 lead on a steal and breakaway dunk by Isiaha Mike with 6:54 remaining. Loyola cut it to two on a Jones bucket with just over three minutes left, before Duquesne closed the door.
Loyola cut it to two on a Jones bucket with just over three minutes left, before Duquesne closed the door.
Duquesne heads to State College, Pa. for Sunday night's game at Penn State. The game is set for a 6:00 p.m. start on the Big Ten Network.
Darius Lewis blocked five shots to bring his career total to 82 ... with the five blocks, Lewis passed B.J. Monteiro to move into the sixth spot on DU's all-time list ... Duquesne's 12 blocks tied the Jim Ferry Era high set in a win over Saint Louis at the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament.
First-year graduate transfer Emile Blackman's 10 rebounds were a career high ... his previous best was eight which he accomplished twice while at Niagara.
Freshmen Isiaha Mike and Mike Lewis II both started ... it was the first time Duquesne started multiple freshmen in a season opener since 2006-07 when Scott Grote, Robert Mitchell and Stephen Wood started against Youngstown State .. it was just the third time in 30 years that more than one freshman started the opening game.
With the win, DU moved to 84-17 all-time in season openers, including a 79-4 record when opening at home.
The Dukes have won their past four openers under Jim Ferry.