@DuqMBB Cruises to Win over VMI
Nov. 14, 2017

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PITTSBURGH - Mike Lewis II scored a game-high 22 points - including four 3-pointers - and Tarin Smith added 21, to lead Duquesne to a 77-61 win over VMI at Palumbo Center.

Rene Castro-Caneddy added 14 for the Dukes, who never trailed in moving to 2-0 on the season.

Duquesne led 29-25 before Eric James ignited a 13-1 run with a 3-pointer. Castro-Caneddy followed with another three and Lewis II added two more from the arc to put the Dukes up 42-26.

DU, behind 17 points from Lewis II and 10 from Castro-Caneddy, led 44-29 at the half.

VMI outscored Duquesne 7-2 out of the break to cut the lead to 10.

The Keydets, hit eight-straight shots, including three 3-pointers, to pull within five before Tydus Verhoeven came up with a block that Smith turned into coast-to-coast layup that made it 56-49.

Smith followed with another layup and a jumper and Eric Williams Jr. hit a layup to make it an 11-point game with under eight minutes to go.

VMI would get no closer than eight as the final margin matched Duquesne's largest lead.

The Keydets, who went 8-of-16 from 3-point, outshot the Dukes 48.0 percent to 40.7 percent, but couldn't overcome 24 turnovers that DU turned into 27 points.

The Dukes, who turned it over just nine times, were paced by Lewis II's career-high four steals.

Duquesne returns to action on Sunday, November 19, when it hosts Robert Morris at 5:30 p.m. at Palumbo Center.

• Lewis II, who was 0-of-9 from 3-point in Duquesne's season opener vs. St. Francis Brooklyn, finished 4-of-6 from the arc ... the sophomore guard is 17-of-18 from the foul line on the young season ... his four steals were a career-high.

• Guards Mike Lewis II (22 points), Tarin Smith (21 points) and Rene Castro-Caneddy (14 points) ... combined for 57 of Duquesne's 77 points.

• Through two games, Duquesne has turned it over 18 times to 36 for its opponents.

• Duquesne led from start to finish ... Duquesne's largest lead was 16 which it reached at the 1:36 mark of the first half (42-26) and matched with 44 seconds left for the final margin.




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