Dukes Top Hatters, 73-59
Dec. 6, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Tarin Smith hit a career-high four three pointers and freshman Eric Williams Jr. added 11 points and Duquesne freshman record 16 rebounds to lead DU to a 73-59 win over Stetson at the Palumbo Center.
Smith, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday, came off the bench to finish with 20 points.
Divine Myles led Stetson (6-5) with a game-high 22 points.
Duquesne (4-3) never trailed in notching its second consecutive win.
The Dukes were up four before Mike Lewis II, who finished with 17 points, started an 11-3 run with three free throws. The Dukes got points from four players during the run, with a Williams Jr. dunk off a Rene Castro-Caneddy steal giving DU its first double-digit lead at 27-17.
DU, which extended its lead to 35-21 on the second of back-to-back 3-pointers by Smith, took a 39-24 lead into the locker room.
Duquesne went up 45-27 on one of Lewis II's four 3-pointers, before Stetson rallied to cut it to nine with 14:02 remaining.
Smith answered with a free throw, and two more 3-pointers to make it 56-40.
Stetson would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Castro-Caneddy finished with a career-high eight assists for the Dukes.
It was the fourth double-double for the 6-5 Williams Jr., who has had at least eight rebounds in each of his first seven college games.
Duquesne completes a stretch of four games in nine days when it hosts Delaware State on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. The DSU game will be followed by the Duquesne women vs. Akron.
Williams Jr., who has had at least eight rebounds in every game this season, now has four double-doubles, including three in his past four games ... he is now averaging a double-double for the season (15.3, 10.6)
Lewis II, who tied his career high with six 3-pointers in Monday's win over Maryland Eastern Shore, went 4-of-7 from the arc in scoring 17 points.
This was Smith's fourth career 20-point game - and second this season ... Smith, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday, hit a career-high four 3-pointers (4-of-6) ... his previous career best was three set as a freshman at Nebraska in a game at Ohio State (3-of-3) and tied in Monday's win over Maryland Eastern Shore (3-of-5).
Castro-Caneddy's eight assists were two more than his previous career high of six set vs. Colgate last season.
Duquesne finished 11-of-24 from the 3-point arc (.458) ... it was the second consecutive game the Dukes shot over 45 percent from 3-point ... DU was 14-of-29, .483 in Monday's win over Maryland Eastern Shore.
Duquesne's largest lead was 20 at 70-50 with 1:12 left ... Stetson never led ... Duquesne led for 37:52 ... the game was tied for 2:08.