UMBC Defeats @DuqMBB, 81-72
Nov. 30, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Joe Sherburne and Jairus Lyles scored 16 points each as UMBC rode a hot-shooting first half to an 81-72 win over Duquesne at Palumbo Center.
The Retrievers hit seven of their 12 3-pointers in a seven minute span late in the first half to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Duquesne led 21-14, before UMBC went on a tear, getting seven 3-pointers from five players in a little over seven minutes to take a 45-36 lead. The Retrievers hit 15 of their last 17 shots to build a 52-43 halftime lead.
The Dukes shot 64.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes, but still found themselves down nine, primarily due to 10 turnovers.
Lewis II, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half, scored six out of the break to pull the Dukes within three, before DU turned it over three-straight times. UMBC capitalized by building its lead to 13, with K.J. Maura, Sherburne and Rodney Elliott all hitting 3-pointers during a 12-2 run that put the Retrievers up 64-51 with 14:39 left.
The UMBC lead reached a game-high 16 on Sherburne's fourth and final 3-pointer a little over a minute later, before the Dukes chipped away,cutting the lead to five twice, first at 4:20 and again at 2:38. DU could get no closer as Lyles scored five down the stretch to seal the win.
Duquesne held UMBC to 32 percent shooting in the second half, but couldn't make up ground by turning it over seven times, while making just four of 15 3-point attempts.
Duquesne returns to action on Friday night against Pitt (6-1) in the annual City Game at 7:00 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena (ACC Extra/ESPN3).
UMBC outscored Duquesne 13-3 from the foul line ... the Retrievers went 13-of-17, while Duquesne finished 3-of-3.
UMBC finished 12-of-23 from the arc, Duquesne ended 9-of-26.
Jordan Robinson came off the bench to score a season-high 8 points in 9 minutes for DU.
Emile Blackman finished with 12 points to move within six of 1,000 for his career ... Blackman, a first-year graduate transfer, scored 913 in two Division I seasons at Niagara.
There were four ties and two lead changes before UMBC took the lead for good on a Jordan Grant 3-pointer with 7:45 left in the first half ... UMBC's largest lead was 16 at 69-53 with 12:00 left ... Duquesne's largest lead was seven at 21-14 with 10:05 left in the first half ... Duquesne led for 8:58, UMBC led for 28:18.