Duquesne rode its stellar defense to an easy victory in their first true road game of the year Saturday, beating the Fordham Rams, 64-41.
Duquesne took a 33-26 lead in the locker room and came out in the second half on a 17-0 run that effectively sealed the win.
The Dukes have now won 10 of their last 11 games moving to 12-4 overall and 3-0 in Atlantic 10 play on the season. The Dukes were led by a strong performance by senior Rene Castro-Caneddy, who poured in 21 points on 8-10 shooting. Castro-Caneddy has made it look easy this season finishing in traffic.
Amongst other stats that stand out are the rebounding battle which the Dukes won 44-20, including 14 offensive rebounds. Rebounding has been stressed and it’s definitely been noticeable as Duquesne players are always attacking the glass.
The other stat that stood out was the Dukes holding Fordham to 29.2 percent from the field. If you hold your opponent under 30% shooting, you’re never going to lose that game. Quite simply, defense travels anywhere you go and the Dukes are playing the best defense for the program in recent memory.
The road ahead gets harder for Duquesne as they travel to Richmond, Virginia, for a Tuesday evening showdown with the VCU Rams. The Dukes haven’t defeated the Rams since the Rams joined the A-10 in 2012. The game will represent a true litmus test for the Dukes as the Siegel Center is generally regarded as one of the toughest venues in the country to play in for road teams.
1. It’s nice to see some recognition for Duquesne on the national level from pundits such as CBS Sports Jon Rothstein. The Dukes’ fan base has experienced a lot of losing and deserves to feel good about the current team, the upward arrow of the program.
2. Duquesne had a noticeable contingent of fans in the stands at the Rose Hill Gym on Saturday. It’s great to see out-of-town alumni supporting the program.
3. Castro-Caneddy’s season is starting to resemble another former Duke in recent years. RCC has taken the Great Leap Forward this year that Aaron Jackson took in the 2008-2009 season. For the season, he’s averaging 13.6 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and 2.9 rebounds. He was close to transferring out in the spring, but I can tell you that coach Keith Dambrot is thrilled that he stayed for his senior year.
4. As always, I’d like to thank everybody for reading and conversing with me over the course of the season. For more Dukes coverage stay tuned on Twitter to @greatghostsaliv and @pitsportscastle.