@DuqMBB Falls to Robert Morris, 66-59
Nov. 19, 2017

Box Score

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.

Tydus Verhoeven's seven blocks tied the Duquesne freshman record set by Derrick Alston vs. Saint Joseph's on Jan. 5, 1991 ... Verhoeven finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and seven blocks in 33 minutes off the bench.

• 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.




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