Duquesne got off to a hot start Saturday vs Delaware State and never looked back beating the Hornets, 97-48.
The Dukes turned in their most complete performance of the year to date thanks in large part to big games by Mike Lewis II and Eric Williams Jr. After struggling in the first few games from beyond the arc, Duquesne was red hot Saturday making from behind the three point line. The 18 3-pointers made set a new school record.
Delaware State came into the game 2-8, without a win over a division one team. Duquesne wasn’t about to be the first one on Saturday. Not only were the shots falling for Duquesne but they also played smart and moved the ball extremely well.
Ball movement was a question mark previously and the better ball movement showed with 25 assists on 33 made baskets and only 7 turnovers.
“We’re passing the ball better. We’re sharing the ball better. We’re playing harder. And it’s amazing what an infusion of a couple of guys will do,” said coach Keith Dambrot of sophomore Kellon Taylor and graduate student Chas Brown, who combined for 7 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior Rene Castro-Caneddy also contributed heavily with his first career double-double — 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“I’m proud of what Rene’s done. He came in with a reputation of really just pounding it and not passing it and not being a good defender, but he’s actually been a really good defender. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Dambrot emphasized.
The Dukes have five winnable games remaining until conference play begins. The latter two games will be in Las Vegas as a part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic before beginning Atlantic 10 play.
– Junior College transfer Marko Krivacevic made his Duquesne debut on Saturday and played six minutes.
– Walk-on Zach Snyder hit the 3-pointer that set the single-game record for 3-pointers.
– Fresh off of getting a new haircut, junior guard Tarin Smith scored seven points to go with six assists and four rebounds.
What’s on tap: The Dukes take the court Wednesday at 7 pm versus Mississippi Valley State At Palumbo Center.