@DuqMBB Tops Jackson State
Dec. 19, 2016

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PITTSBURGH - Tarin Smith had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Duquesne to a wire-to-wire 74-62 win over Jackson State at Palumbo Center.

Freshmen Mike Lewis II and Isiaha Mike added 18 and 12 points respectively for the Dukes who evened their record at 6-6.

Edric Dennis led Jackson State, which dropped to 3-9, with 18.

Duquesne took a 24-10 lead on a Lewis II jumper, before JSU, which opened the game missing 15 of its first 18 shots, followed a technical foul on DU head coach Jim Ferry with a 10-0 run. Yettra Specks, who finished with 11, scored the first seven points for the Tigers.

DU led by six before Emile Blackman started an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer. Jordan Robinson added a free throw with four seconds left to give the Dukes their largest halftime lead of the season at 38-26.

The Dukes scored the first six points of the second half - the first five coming on a Smith 3-pointer followed by a highlight-reel dunk by Mike - to take an 18-point lead.

Nakye Sanders and Mike picked up their third fouls within a 15-second span and JSU responded with an 11-2 run to cut it to 46-37 with DU's starting forwards on the bench.

Sanders and Mike returned and the Dukes outscored the Tigers 8-2 to build the lead back to 15.

JSU, which hit 12 of its first 19 shots in second half, cut it to six on a Paris Collins jumper with just under nine minutes left.

Mike answered with a layup off a pass from Smith and Lewis II gave the Dukes a 64-52 lead on his third and final 3-pointer of the evening.

JSU would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Smith, who scored 17 on 6-of-8 second half shooting, scored 8 over the final 6:20 to seal the win.

Duquesne, which shot 41.8 percent, held the Tigers to 35.5 percent shooting.

DU outscored JSU 22-10 from the foul line as the Tigers were whistled for 29 fouls.

Mike added 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Dukes.

Duquesne hosts Colgate in its final pre-Christmas game - and last non-conference game - on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2:00 p.m. (A-10 Network).

• Smith's 22 points were one shy of his career high set earlier this season vs. Saint Francis U ... the 7 rebounds and 6 assists tied his career bests ... Smith did not turn it over in a team-high 36 minutes.

Isiaha Mike's 5 assists were two more than his previous career-best.

• Jackson State's 29 fouls were two shy of the Ferry Era opponent high of 31 committed by Omaha in last year's CBI opening round game ... three JSU players fouled out and two others finished with four.

• This was the fifth time Duquesne has held an opponent under 40 percent shooting this season ... the Dukes are 4-1 in those games.

• This was the first time this season that the Dukes never trailed ... Duquesne's largest lead was 18 at 44-26 with 17:20 left ... Duquesne led for 39:12 ... the game was tied for 48 seconds.




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