@DuqMBB Uses the Long Ball To Defeat Delaware State
Dec. 9, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne, playing its fourth game in nine days, buried a school record 18 3-pointers - including a career-high seven from Mike Lewis II and a career-best five from freshman Eric Williams Jr. - in posting a wire-to-wire 97-48 win over Delaware State at the Palumbo Center.
Lewis II finished with a game-high 23 points and Williams Jr. added 22 in helping the Dukes to their largest margin of victory since a school-record 129-59 win over Howard on Nov. 9, 2007.
The Dukes, who finished 18-of-34 from the arc, limited DSU to 32.1 percent shooting. It was the first time Duquesne held an opponent under 50 points since a 67-45 win over Saint Louis on Jan. 12, 2011.
DU hit its first four 3-point attempts in jumping out to a 16-3 lead. The Dukes upped the advantage to 24-8 on a Tarin Smith 3-pointer as four players had at least one 3-pointer in the first eight minutes.
DU held DSU scoreless for nearly five minutes in building its lead to 31-8.
The Dukes, who took a 30-point lead on an alley-oop dunk by Jordan Robinson at the six minute mark, led 53-16 at the half.
DU, which went 9-of-12 from the 3-point arc in the first half, held Delaware State to 22.2 percent.
The Dukes assisted on 14 of 17 first half field goals.
Lewis II hit three 3-pointers in a little over a one-minute span early in the second half to make it 64-20.
Duquesne took its first 50-point lead on a Rene Castro-Caneddy 3-pointer with 13:36 left. Castro-Caneddy recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists.
DU, which assisted on 25 of 33 field goals, finished with just seven turnovers.
Zach Snyder hit the school record-breaking 3-pointer with 1:12 left.
Duquesne returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 13 when it hosts Mississippi Valley State (0-8) at 7:00 p.m. at Palumbo Center.
Duquesne finished 18-of-34 from the 3-point arc (.529) ... it was the third 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 and went 11-of-24 (.458) from the arc in Wednesday's win over Stetson.
Delaware State's 16 first half points, were the fewest by a DU opponent since the Dukes held Saint Louis to 13 first half points in an 81-71 win on Jan. 13, 2016.
The 49-point margin of victory was the 12th largest in school history ... it was the largest since a school record 70-point win over Howard (129-59) on Nov. 9, 2007.
The 37-point halftime lead was the school's second-largest in the post World War II Era, second only to a 63-18 (+45) lead DU took over Marshall in a first round Steel Bowl game at the Civic Arena on Dec. 5, 1969.
Mike Lewis II continued his torrid 3-point shooting, hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers (7-of-12) in scoring 23 points in 22 minutes ... Lewis II is 17-of-26 (.654) from the arc in his past three games ... Lewis II hit his seventh 3-pointer with 14:22 left.
Eric Williams Jr., who has had at least eight rebounds in every game this season, finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals ... his five 3-pointers (5-of-6) were a career high ... Williams Jr. is averaging a double-double for the season (16.1, 10.4).
Rene Castro-Caneddy topped his career assist high for the second-straight game ... Castro-Caneddy, who had eight assists on Wednesday vs. Stetson, finished with 10 in posting his first career double-double (12-10) ... Castro-Caneddy had 18 assists and three turnovers in his past two games.
First-year junior college transfer Marko Krivacevic made his debut ... Krivacevic, who missed the first seven games with a broken bone in his wrist, played six minutes.
Duquesne's largest lead was 52 at 97-45 with 0:51 left ... Delaware State never led ... Duquesne led for 39:28 ... the game was tied for 0:32 ... Duquesne has led for 116:03 of a possible 120 minutes in its past three games.