@DuqMBB Falls to Robert Morris
Dec. 6, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Isaiah Still hit a driving layup with 15 seconds left and followed it with a big block at the other end to help Robert Morris to a 64-60 win over Duquesne at PPG Paints Arena.
Still, who finished with a game-high 22 points, drove into traffic to bank in the go-ahead bucket and followed that with a block of an Emile Blackman layup attempt five seconds later.
Clive Allen, who finished with 11 points, hit four free throws in the final seven seconds to ice the win.
"That was a heck of a shot he [Still] made at the end of the game," said Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry. "Off balance with guys all over him. You've got to give him credit."
Mike Lewis II, who gave the Dukes a 59-58 lead on a drive with 30 seconds left, led four Dukes in double figures with 15 points. Blackman finished with 12 and Nakye Sanders added 11 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks off the bench.
"That was a physical, hard-fought game by both teams," said Ferry. "I thought they outscrapped us in the first half and we outscrapped them in the second half. For us, like most of the times, it came down to turnovers and free throws."
Duquesne, which shot 38.3 percent, turned it over 16 times, including nine in the second half.
Robert Morris shot 41.7 percent in the game that featured 11 ties and 17 lead changes.
The Dukes and Colonials both went 9-of-19 from the foul line.
"It doesn't matter what the records are when you play Robert Morris," said Ferry. "This is what the game's going to be.
"Turnovers obviously hurt us. They have been hurting us all year."
Robert Morris took its largest lead at 42-33 on a Matty McConnell jumper with 18:27 left, before Duquesne rallied to tie it on a Sanders layup with 14:58 to go.
Neither team led by more than four the rest of the way.
Duquesne returns to Palumbo Center to host Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Nakye Sanders came off the bench to set career highs for points (11), rebounds (16) and blocks (5) in posting his first career double-double in 30 minutes of action ... the 16 boards were the most by a DU player since Dominique McKoy had 16 vs. George Mason on Jan. 31, 2015 ... it was the third double-digit rebound game of his career (his previous career-best was 10 set last year vs. Penn State and tied earlier this season vs. Saint Francis U).
There were 11 ties and 17 lead changes before Robert Morris took the lead for good on Still's layup with :15 left ... RMU's largest lead was nine at 42-33 with 17:58 left ... Duquesne's largest lead was seven points (20-13) with 11:12 to go in the first half ... Duquesne led for 12:34, Robert Morris led for 17:56 ... the game was tied for 9:30.