@DuqMBB Comeback Falls Short Versus Pitt

Dec. 1, 2017

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PITTSBURGH - Mike Lewis II scored 20 points and Eric Williams Jr. added 18 and eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Duquesne came up short in a 76-64 loss to Pitt in the annual City Game.

Ryan Luther led four Panthers (4-4) in double figures with 16.

The Dukes (2-3), who were outshot 53.6 percent to 39.7 percent, cut an 11-point Pitt lead to two with 12:55 remaining, but could not get over the hump as the Panthers pulled away late for the final margin.

Pitt, which led 37-26 at the half, was up 39-28 when Williams Jr. began Duquesne's comeback with a 3-pointer.

Nicholas Kratholm, who had attempted five shots in four games, came off the bench to add two more 3-pointers, the second of which made it a five-point game. Williams Jr., who scored seven in just over three minutes, made it 47-45 on a jumper at the 12:55 mark.

The Dukes trailed 52-49 following a Kellon Taylor layup before Pitt responded with a 6-0 run.

The Dukes went nearly four minutes without a bucket before Tydus Verhoeven hit a layup to make it 58-51 with 7:11 left.

DU would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

DU opened the game 3-of-13 as Pitt jumped out to a 12-point lead. It was then that Lewis II caught fire, hitting three-straight shots - including a pair of 3-pointers - before finding Jordan Robinson for a dunk that made it 30-23.

The Dukes got to within six on a Williams Jr. free throw, before Pitt got the lead back to double-digits on a Luther 3-pointer.

Duquesne returns to action on Monday, Dec. 4 against Maryland Eastern Shore at 7:00 p.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

• Freshman Eric Williams Jr. tied his career high, set on Nov. 19 vs. Robert Morris, with 18 points ... Williams Jr. added eight rebounds and a career-best three steals in 36 minutes.

Mike Lewis II went 4-of-12 from the 3-point arc in posting his 11th career 20-point game ... it was his second 20-point outing this season (he had 22 vs. VMI on Nov. 14).

Kellon Taylor came off the bench to tie his career high with eight points to go along with a career-best eight rebounds in 18 minutes ... Taylor, who doubles as a receiver for Duquesne's FCS football team, rejoined the basketball team on Nov. 19 ... this was his second game back.

• First-year graduate transfer F/C Chas Brown made his Duquesne debut - and first start as a Duke ... Brown, who started all 18 games he played at Coppin State last season, missed the first four games with a foot injury ... Brown finished with three rebounds in five minutes.

• Duquesne finished with nine assists and 11 turnovers, while Pitt had 19 and eight.

• The Panthers outscored the Dukes 42-28 in the paint, while DU had a 20-13 advantage in second chance points.

• Duquesne's lone lead came at 2-0 with 17:57 left in the first half ... Pitt's largest lead was 14, at 76-62 with :20 left ... Duquesne led for 0:24 and Pitt led for 37:32 ... the game was tied for 2:04.




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