Dukes Top Hatters, 73-59

Dec. 6, 2017

Box Score

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.

• The 6-5 Williams Jr. broke the previous freshman rebounding record of 15 set by Rich Cotten on March 2, 1975 vs. Detroit and tied by both Bruce Atkins on December 9, 1978 at Cincinnati and Greg Harrison vs. Baylor on Dec. 28, 1983 (record since freshmen regained eligibility in 1972-73) ... the 16 rebounds were the most by a Duquesne player since Nakye Sanders had 16 vs. Robert Morris on Dec. 6, 2016.

• 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.




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