Lewis II Leads @DuqMBB Over Lamar
Dec. 19, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Mike Lewis II scored eight of his 16 points in the final 1:32 to rally Duquesne from a seven-point deficit to its sixth-straight win, 65-64 over Lamar in a Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic campus game at the Palumbo Center.
The six-game win streak is DU's longest since 2010-11.
Neither team led by more than five in the second half until Colton Weisbrod converted a three-point play to put Lamar up 64-57 with 1:54 left.
Duquesne went without a field goal for nearly seven minutes before a Lewis II drive made it 64-59. Lewis II then forced a held ball and hit a 3-pointer to cut it to two with just under one minute on the clock.
The Dukes got a stop and took possession with 29 seconds to go, before Lewis II, who missed seven of his first nine shots, drilled another 3-pointer with :11.3 left to give DU a 65-64 lead.
Lamar's Joey Frenchwood missed a contested 3-pointer at the final horn.
The Dukes, who won for the third time this season when shooting under 40 percent (39.6%), outrebounded Lamar 40-32 led by Kellon Taylor and Jordan Robinson who both set new career highs with nine boards each.
Duquesne made just three of its first 17 shots and trailed by as many as eight, before Taylor tied it at 17-17 on a layup with under six minutes left in the first half.
DU, behind eight points each from Castro-Caneddy and Smith, managed to take a 29-26 halftime lead despite shooting 29 percent.
The Dukes will leave the city of Pittsburgh for the first time this season when they head to Las Vegas for the final two games of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. DU will face San Francisco on Friday, Dec. 22 and Southern Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 23. Both games - which will tip at 8:30 p.m. (ET) - will be televised nationally. The USF game will air on FS2 and the SIU game will be carried by FS1.
DU's six December wins (6-1) are its most since the 1979-80 NIT team went 7-1 for the month.
This was Duquesne's third win when shooting under 40 percent this season. DU won just three times in the previous five seasons (45 games) when shooting under 40 percent.
Duquesne is now holding opponents to 62.7 points per game on the season. It is the lowest mark since 1961-62 (61.1 ppg.).
Duquesne's largest lead was five, the last of which was at 53-48 with 7:11 left ... Lamar's largest lead was eight (16-8) with 10:00 left in the first half ... Lamar led for 17:51 and Duquesne for 17:24 ... the game was tied for 4:45 ... there were seven ties and seven lead changes.