UT Martin Defeats @DuqMBB on Last-Second Shot
Nov. 23, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Jacolby Mobley hit a 3-pointer at the final horn to give UT Martin a 66-63 come-from-behind win over Duquesne in a Bluegrass Showcase game at Palumbo Center.
Mobley's 3-pointer capped a comeback from 16 points down for the Skyhawks who trailed 52-36 with 13:32 left.
Mobley led all scorers with 25.
Duquesne was up 14 with 9:32 left, before Matthew Butler began a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer. Mobley ended the run with the third of three consecutive layups with just over seven minutes to go.
Duquesne missed eight consecutive shots over a 6:33 span before Blackman made it 63-56 on a drive with 4:55 remaining.
The DU shooting drought continued - the Dukes missed 17 of their last 19 shots - as UTM tied it at 63-63 on a pair of Kedar Edwards free throws with 3:13 left.
From that point on, Duquesne missed four shots and UT Martin missed three before Mobley's game-winner.
Blackman missed the front end of a one-and-one with :28.5 left to set up UTM's final possession.
The Skyhawks called a timeout with :03.3 left to set up the final play. Mobley got the ball just left of the top of the key. There was contact with Tarin Smith before Mobley pulled up and hit the jumper.
Duquesne finished at 37.5 percent from the field, including 6-of-23 from 3-point.
UT Martin, which came into the game averaging 84.6 points per game, finished at 34.8 percent, including 9-of-28 from 3-point.
The Skyhawks, who outrebounded the Dukes 49-38, turned 16 offensive boards into 14 second chance points.
There were three ties and four lead changes early, before Josh Steel hit the first of back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Dukes a lead they would maintain until the final shot. Isiaha Mike added a dunk and 3-pointer and Smith added a fourth 3-pointer in just under five minutes to complete a 14-2 run that gave the Dukes a 32-20 lead.
Rene Castro provided a spark off the bench with all 11 of his points coming in eight first half minutes. His jumper at the horn gave the Dukes a 38-28 halftime lead.
Mike and Blackman scored five quick points each early in the second half as DU stretched its lead to 48-33.
Duquesne hosts Cleveland State in its fourth and final Bluegrass Showcase game on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Palumbo Center (A-10 Network).
Blackman's 19 points were a new Duquesne high ... his career best is the 32 he scored at Quinnipiac while a sophomore at Niagara.
Josh Steel, who missed DU's first five games due to a violation of team rules, made his first appearance of the season for the Dukes ... the 6-4 sophomore finished with six points, including a pair of first half 3-pointers before fouling out with 3:13 left.
All 10 Dukes that played logged double-digit minutes, with none playing more than 30.