Dukes Drop Dayton
Dec. 30, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Rene Castro-Caneddy scored a game-high 21 points and Duquesne held Dayton without a field goal over the final 5:33 to pull away for a 70-62 Atlantic 10 opening-win over the Flyers at the Palumbo Center.
The win, DU's eighth in its past nine games, upped the Dukes' overall record to 10-4. The 10 wins tie last year's total (10-22).
Dayton dropped to 6-7 overall and 0-3 on the road.
Duquesne, which led 38-34 at the half, saw Dayton tie it four times, but not gain the lead until a pair of Jalen Crutcher free throws made it 61-60 with 4:46 left.
Duquesne answered with a Chas Brown dunk. Brown, who finished with eight points and seven rebounds, then blocked a shot at the other end that Eric Williams Jr. turned into a Euro-step layup that gave the Dukes a three-point lead.
Williams Jr. added a pair of free throws to make it a five-point game at the 3:39 mark. Dayton would get no closer than four as DU held the Flyers to just one free throw the rest of the way.
Williams Jr. finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and Mike Lewis II added 12 points for the Dukes, who held Dayton to 38.1 percent shooting.
Darrell Davis led Dayton, which finished 5-of-26 from 3-point, with 19 points.
Duquesne, which finished 6-of-22 from 3-point, limited the Flyers to just one make on 13 second-half 3-point attempts in holding the Flyers to an opponent-low 28 second-half points.
Dayton took an eight-point lead on a Jordan Davis 3-pointer and led by seven with under four minutes left in the first half, before Duquesne closed with a 13-2 run. Castro-Caneddy, who had 16 in the half, started the run with a pair of free throws and Williams Jr. ended it on a reverse layup with 12 seconds left.
Duquesne returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when it hosts George Washington at 7:00 p.m. at the Palumbo Center.
DU's eight December wins (8-2) are its most since the 1971-72 Dukes went 8-0 for the month.
Duquesne finished 18-of-21 (.857) from the foul line ... Dayton went 9-of-17 (.529) from the stripe.
DU held Dayton to an opponent season low 28 second-half points.
Duquesne's largest lead was the final 70-62 margin ... Dayton's largest lead was eight at 30-22 with 4:54 left in the first half ... Duquesne led for 20:30 and Dayton led for 16:31 ... the game was tied for 2:59 ... there were eight ties and seven lead changes before Duquesne took the lead for good on Brown's dunk with 4:35 left.