@DuqMBB Falls in Closing Seconds
Nov. 18, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Phil Valenti hit a pair of shots in the final 14 seconds - the second the game-winner with :01.9 on the clock - to give Canisius a 78-77 win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center.
Valenti's game-winner came after Duquesne's Isiaha Mike hit a baseline jumper with seven seconds left to give the Dukes the lead.
Canisius quickly inbounded the ball and Isaiah Reese dribbled down the left side in front of the Golden Griffins bench. He found Valenti at the foul line and Valenti launched a shot just over the outstretched hand of a closing Tarin Smith.
The loss snapped Duquesne's non-conference win streak at 11.
Smith and first-year graduate transfer Emile Blackman, who averaged 18.9 points in five games against Canisius while playing the past two seasons at Niagara, led Duquesne with 18 points each.
Mike, who went 7-of-10 from the field, finished with 17.
The Dukes forced eight turnovers in the first nine minutes of the second half in taking their largest lead at 61-53 lead on a Mike dunk with 12:04 left.
Mike's field goal was the Duke's last until the 1:25 mark. All 11 DU points during the field goal drought came from the foul line.
Canisius took its first lead since the opening two minutes of the second half when Jermaine Crumpton, who led Canisius with 18 points, grabbed a 3-point miss and put it back to make it 72-70.
Blackman tied it at 74-74 on a driving layup with 1:25 left.
Following a Canisius turnover, Lewis II drove and had his shot blocked out of bounds. DU inbounded with seven seconds on the shot clock and Blackman was fouled and hit one of two to make it a one-point game with :29 left.
Valenti tracked down a Kassius Robertson 3-point miss and layed it in, setting up the final exchange of baskets.
Canisius went 13-of-26 from the arc in shooting 50 percent overall. Duquesne, which outscored the Griffs 42-22 in the paint, was 4-of-17 from the arc and 21-of-32 from the foul line.
The Dukes, who were 0-of-7 from 3-point in the second half, finished at 48.1 percent.
The Golden Griffins hit seven of their first 11 3-point attempts in building a 33-22 lead. Canisius took its largest lead at 43-31 on a Kassius Robertson 3-pointer, the Griffs ninth, before Duquesne roared back with a 10-0 run to make it 43-41 at the half.
There were 10 ties and 17 lead changes in the game.
Duquesne leaves tomorrow afternoon for Sunday night's Bluegrass Showcase game at No. 2 (AP) Kentucky (3-0). The game, which concludes a stretch of three games in five days for the Dukes, will be televised by ESPNU. Tipoff is set for 9:00 p.m.
Darius Lewis posted his sixth career double-digit rebound game with 11 in 21 minutes.
Blackman's 18 points were his high as a Duke.
Mike finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds in a team-high 36 minutes ... Mike has gone 13-of-19 from the field (16.5 ppg.) in DU's past two games.
Canisius' largest lead was 12 with 2:28 left in the first half (31-43) ... Duquesne's largest lead was eight with 11:06 remaining.