@DuqMBB Downs Dons
Dec. 22, 2017
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Mike Lewis II scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lift Duquesne to a 67-65 win over San Francisco in a Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic game at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena.
Duquesne, playing its first game outside of Pittsburgh, led by as many as 12 in building a 31-22 halftime lead.
USF's Taavi Jurkatamm hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first 1:07 of the second half to cut the lead to three.
The Dukes rallied behind Lewis II, who scored 17 in the first 10:42 of the second half, to take an 11-point lead.
DU led 55-44 following a Smith three-point play, before USF put together a 12-0 run to take a 56-55 lead on a Chase Foster 3-pointer with just under five minutes left.
The lead changed hands five times before Smith converted another three-point play at the 1:11 mark to give Duquesne a 64-62 lead.
A Kellon Taylor steal led to a Williams Jr. dunk that made it a four-point game.
USF cut it to one when Matt McCarthy, who led the Dons with 19 points, was fouled on a dunk and converted the free throw to make it 66-65 with 10 seconds left.
Lewis II hit one of two free throws and the Dukes forced Foster into a misfire with three seconds left.
USF had one last chance on an inbound pass from under their basket with :00.2 left, but was unable to tip the ball in.
DU, which shot 44.2 percent, finished 8-of-16 from 3-point. Lewis II led the way from long distance, going 4-of-6.
San Francisco shot 51.6 percent in the second half and 46.3 percent for the game. The Dons, who went 0-of-3 from the arc in the first half, hit 5-of-10 3-point attempts in the second half.
Duquesne will take on Southern Illinois in their final game of the Classic Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday. The SIU game, which will be televised nationally by FS1, will be DU's final nonconference game before opening Atlantic 10 play at home vs. Dayton on Dec. 30.
DU's seven December wins (7-1) are its most since the 1979-80 NIT team went 7-1 for the month. The last time a Duquesne team posted eight December wins was in 1971-72 (8-0).
Lewis II finished 5-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc and 6-of-7 from the foul line in posting his 14th career 20-point game. It was his team-high fifth 20-point game this season.
Duquesne's largest lead was 12 at 29-17 with 2:42 left in the first half ... San Francisco's largest lead was two, the last of which came at 9-7 with 12:28 left in the first half ... Duquesne for 27:43 and San Francisco led for 6:47 ... the game was tied for 5:28 ... there were three ties and nine lead changes ... six of the lead changes came in the last five minutes of the game.