@DuqMBB Falls to Robert Morris, 66-59
Nov. 19, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Freshman Eric Williams Jr. had 18 points and fellow freshman Tydus Verhoeven added 12 points, nine rebounds and a freshman record-tying seven blocks, but it wasn't enough as Duquesne fell to Robert Morris, 66-59, at the Palumbo Center.
Rene Castro-Caneddy added 18 for the Dukes who fell to 2-1 on the season.
Malik Petteway (13 points, 14 rebounds) and Dachon Burke (11 points, 10 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Colonials who upped their record to 1-3.
Duquesne, which took a 48-47 lead on a Verhoeven tip-in with just under nine minutes to go, missed seven consecutive shots over the next eight minutes as Robert Morris built a 61-53 lead.
The Dukes briefly cut it to five on Castro-Caneddy's fourth 3-pointer with 56 seconds left, but could get no closer as Burke scored five in the last 47 seconds to seal the win.
RMU outrebounded Duquesne 49-32 and turned 21 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points. The Colonials also scored 18 points off 20 DU turnovers.
Robert Morris shot 37.9 percent to 37.0 percent for Duquesne.
RMU hit four consecutive shots to turn a four-point deficit into a four-point lead with just under four minutes left in the first half. The Colonials upped the lead to 33-25 as Duquesne went scoreless for over five minutes. Verhoeven ended the drought with steal that he turned into a driving three-point play to make it 33-28 with 1:37 left in the half.
Castro-Caneddy, who had 14 in the first half, hit a pair of free throws late to cut it to 33-30 at intermission.
RMU took a seven-point lead early in the second half before Williams Jr. caught fire, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which put the Dukes up 42-41.
Neither team led by more than more than three until Koby Thomas' layup gave the Colonials a 55-50 lead wtih 4:45 to go.
Duquesne is idle until Monday, Nov. 27 when it hosts Cornell at 7:00 p.m. at Palumbo Center.
Fellow freshman Eric Williams Jr. finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes.
Rene Castro-Caneddy went 4-of-7 from 3-point in scoring 18 points.
Duquesne finished with five assists and 20 turnovers, while Robert Morris had 10 and 15. Both teams missed 10 free throws (RMU 13-of-23 and DU 19-of-29).
Duquesne's largest lead was four, the last of which came with 6:14 left in the first half (25-21) ... Robert Morris' largest lead was nine at 66-57 with :06 left ... RMU led for 23:30, DU led for 11:07, the game was tied for 5:23 ... Robert Morris led for all but 1:34 of the second half.