Duquesne blows out UMASS 96-66, ends 8 game losing streak
Duquesne entered Wednesday’s game looking to end an eight-game losing streak when they played the University of Massachusetts Minutemen. After coming off a tough loss against St. Louis on Saturday, the Dukes wanted to turn their luck around at home. With a big game from their freshman, Isaiha Mike and Mike Lewis II, the Dukes were able to bounce back and blow out UMass 96-66.
Lewis II led the Dukes with a career high 31 points, one shy of Duquesne's freshman record, while shooting 5-6 from beyond the arc. Mike, who started the game off hot, also recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds while only missing 3 shots all night. Luwane Pipkins lead UMass in scoring with 16 points.
The first half was mostly a back and forth game early on. The Dukes started the game off hot going on an 8-0 run early in the game. Isaiha Mike and Emile Blackman each hit 3-pointers during their run. UMass came storming right back with a run of their own to make the game 10-9 with 5 minutes played in the first half.
UMass gained the lead after a C.J Anderson dunk to make the game 11-10 after 5 minutes of play. That lead lasted only 16 seconds when Blackman made a layup to give UD the lead right back. Massachusetts would never regain the lead again the rest of the game.
Halfway through the first half, the Dukes had a 25-17 lead despite their poor shooting performance. UMass kept cutting the lead down every time the Dukes had a double digit lead. The Minutemen tried to keep the game close before going to the half, but Lewis II took over the game.
With around 4 minutes left in the half, Lewis II scored 13 points and gave his team a 17-point lead. He closed out the half by hitting a hook-shot 3-pointer as time expired after he got the steal. He and his team carried that momentum into the second half and didn’t look back.
The lead for UD became 22 after Lewis II hit 2 3-pointers 3 minutes into the second half. UMass, who is not a good 3-point shooting team, found themselves trying to throw up tough shots to try to get back into the game. With the Minutemen only shooting 27% from beyond the arc tonight, the game started to get out of hand quickly.
Duquesne went on an 18-0 run with 12 minutes left to put the game completely out of reach. UD got their largest lead of the game after Renee Castro hit free-throws to increase the lead to 42 (92-50) with 5:45 left in the game. The Dukes started to empty the bench and make subs for the rest of the game.
With the win, Duquesne is now 10-16 (3-10 A-10) on the year. The Dukes next game is at noon on Sunday when they look to ride this momentum as they take on the George Washington Colonials at home.