Dukes Down Delta Devils
Dec. 13, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Tarin Smith led four players in double figures with 16 points, as Duquesne extended its win streak to four with a 73-49 win over Mississippi Valley State at the Palumbo Center.
It marked the first time since December of 1968 that Duquesne has held back-to-back opponents under 50 points (DU defeated Delaware State, 97-48, on Saturday).
Duquesne, which led from the 10 minute mark of the first half on, held the Delta Devils (0-9) to 37.7 percent shooting, including 1-of-8 from the 3-point arc.
Freshman Tydus Verhoeven led the defensive charge with five blocked shots.
The Dukes, who assisted on 20 of 29 field goals, finished at 43.3 percent.
Duquesne shook off a cold-shooting start to put together a 10-0 run for a 17-10 lead. Castro-Caneddy and Lewis II hit 3-pointers during the run.
Smith hit a 3-pointer and followed that with a traditional three-point play and Castro-Caneddy hit a layup at the horn to give the Dukes a 34-20 halftime lead.
DU took a 47-30 lead on a Smith 3-pointer with 14:42 left and maintained at least a 14-point margin the rest of the way.
The Dukes, who turned it over just eight times, turned 16 MVSU turnovers into 20 points.
Duquesne opens play in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic with a home game vs. North Carolina A&T on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. The men's game will be followed by the Duquesne women vs. Central Michigan. The Duquesne men host Lamar in a Las Vegas Classic game on Tuesday night before heading to Las Vegas to face San Francisco and Southern Illinois in neutral-site games on Dec. 22 & 23.
Tarin Smith went 3-of-5 from 3-point, giving him 11 3-pointers in his past four games ... Smith hit 11 3-pointers in 32 games last season.
Eric Williams Jr., who has had at least eight rebounds in every game this season, posted his fifth double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds ... Williams Jr. is the first Duquesne freshman since Bruce Atkins (in 1978-79) to post five double-doubles in his first nine college games.
Tydus Verhoeven, who entered the game ranked eighth among Division I freshmen with 2.38 blocks per game, rejected five shots in 24 minutes ... the California native added eight points and seven rebounds.
Duquesne's largest lead was 26 at 73-47 with 0:17 left ... Mississippi Valley State's largest lead was three at 10-7 with 12:12 remaining in the first half ... Duquesne led for 30:42, MVSU led for 4:41 ... the game was tied for 4:14 ... Duquesne has led for 146:45 of a possible 160 minutes in its past four games.