@DuqMBB Win Streak Snapped at Seven
Dec. 24, 2017
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Tarin Smith's career-high 26 points were not enough, as Duquesne saw its seven-game win streak snapped in a 74-64 setback to Southern Illinois in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena.
Sean Lloyd scored 19 to lead Southern Illinois.
Duquesne, which led by seven with under 11 minutes to go, was up six following a Jordan Robinson free throw with 8:45 left.
SIU responded with a game-changing 14-4 run to take a 59-55 lead.
Rudy Stradnieks, who came into the game averaging 4.8 ppg., scored three-straight buckets for the Salukis, the last of which tied it at 53-53. Lloyd scored back-to-back drives to complete the run.
Smith cut it to one twice, the first time on a 3-pointer at the 2:16 mark and a second on a pair of free throws with 1:40 to go, but the Dukes never managed to regain the lead.
Smith's free throws were the last points for the Dukes, who were outscored 9-0 over the final 1:40.
SIU hit eight of its last 10 shots, while DU had just three field goals over the final 12:36.
There were three ties and a pair of lead changes in a first half that ended with SIU up 33-30. Neither team led by more than five in the opening 20 minutes.
Southern Illinois scored the first four points out of the break to take a seven-point lead less than one minute in.
DU responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a Lewis II 3-pointer, to take a 40-39 lead.
The Dukes took their largest lead, at 50-43, on a pair of Williams Jr. free throws with 10:53 left.
Duquesne breaks for Christmas before opening Atlantic 10 play at home against Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 30.
DU's seven December wins (7-2) are its most since the 1979-80 NIT team went 7-1 for the month. Duquesne has one December game remaining.
Tarin Smith went 8-of-10 from the field and 9-of-10 from the foul line in scoring a career-high 26 points ... Smith's previous career high was 23 set against Saint Francis U last season.
Duquesne finished with four assists and 13 turnovers ... SIU had 11 assists and four turnovers ... the Salukis outscored the Dukes 19-6 off turnovers.
Duquesne's largest lead was seven at 50-43 with 10:34 left ... Southern Illinois' largest lead was the final 10-point margin ... Duquesne led for 10:35 and Southern Illinois led for 24:42 ... the game was tied for 4:43 ... there were five ties and six lead changes ... there were two ties and four lead changes in the second half alone.