Dec. 10, 2016
PITTSBURGH - Isiaha Mike's 3-pointer with 15.9 seconds left proved to be the game-winner as Duquesne rallied from five points down with 1:34 remaining to defeat Central Connecticut State, 70-67, at Palumbo Center.
Mike, who tied with fellow freshman Mike Lewis II for team scoring honors with 17 points, took a pass from Lewis II - who had drawn an extra defender near the top of the key - and buried the 3-pointer from the left wing.
CCSU's Mustafa Jones missed a contested jumper from the foul line and Emile Blackman, who finished with 11 points, rebounded the miss and hit a pair of free throws with :01.9 left to seal the win.
CCSU matched its largest lead on a pair of Eric Bowles free throws that made it 67-62.
Mike followed by hitting one of two free throws and Blackman added a layup to set up Mike's game-winner.
The Dukes held the Blue Devils without a field goal over the final 2:21.
Duquesne shot 50 percent in the second half and 44.4 percent for the game. CCSU, which went 6-of-11 from 3-point, finished at 41.7 percent.
Second-year JC transfer Tidell Pierre, whose previous career high was 12, went 2-of-2 from the 3-point arc in scoring a game-high 21 points. Pierre entered the game 1-of-3 from 3-point in his first 29 games at CCSU.
Neither team led by more than three in a first half that ended with the score tied at 27-27.
Rene Castro, who finished with 12 points for Duquesne, had 10 in the opening 20 minutes.
Duquesne got 3-pointers from Blackman, Mike and Lewis II in the first 2:30 of the second half to take an eight-point lead.
CCSU scored on its next four possessions to make it 42-40 with 15:49 to go.
The Blue Devils capped an 11-2 run with a Khalen Cumberlander dunk to take a 51-48 lead with just over 12 minutes left and took their first five-point lead on an Austin Nehls free throw that made it 58-53 with 8:44 to go.
The Dukes scored the next six, with Mike accounting for the last four on a dunk and layup, before the Blue Devils responded with five in a row of their own to take a 63-59 lead with under four minutes left.
Duquesne breaks for final exams before hosting Jackson State on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Palumbo Center (A-10 Network).
Nakye Sanders followed his career-high 16 rebound game vs. Robert Morris with a game-high 11 boards before fouling out with 2:59 left.
Duquesne, which had seven turnovers in the first half, finished with 12.
The Duquesne bench, led by 12 points from Castro, outscored the CCSU bench 17-5 ... 11 players saw action for the Dukes.
There were 11 ties and 10 lead changes before Mike's 3-pointer ... Duquesne's largest lead was eight at 38-30 with 17:28 left ... CCSU's largest lead was five points, the last of which came at 67-62 with 1:34 left ... Duquesne led for 14:15, CCSU led for 19:03 ... the game was tied for 6:42.