Dukes suffer 76-63 loss on the road in St. Louis

Posted on Jan 17 2018 - 11:40pm by Jonny Heller
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Duquesne played perhaps their worst game of the year Wednesday night during a 76-63 loss on the round against the St. Louis Billikens.

Billikens freshman Jordan Goodwin recorded the first triple-double in school history with 13 points, 15 boards and 10 assists. Goodwin capped a strong offensive effort, where the Billikens shot 50% from the field.

It’s not going to be a good night when your team counter punches with a field goal percentage of 32.6%, which is what the Dukes shot tonight.

Duquesne was led by senior Rene Castro-Caneddy’s 21 points and 13 points from sophomore guard Mike Lewis II.

After taking an early 6-2 lead, the Dukes were never out in front again in the game as the Billikens coasted without much resistance.

The Dukes were due for a game like this following a hot stretch.

Many people had picked St. Louis highly in the pre-season Atlantic 10 polls because of a strong infusion of talent that they received with Goodwin and fellow freshman Hasan French.

It’s up to the Duquesne on how they bounce back from this loss.

As coach Dambrot said time and time again, you’re going to get punched in the mouth, it’s how you respond that matters.

The Dukes have George Mason at home on Saturday before hosting Richmond on Wednesday. These are two winnable games versus schools Duquesne had their troubles with in the past. The next two games will go a long way in telling the story for the Dukes.

Catch Duquesne vs. George Mason at 4:30 on Saturday, with a national broadcast feed on NBC Sports Network.

As always, here are some of my thoughts after tonight’s game in video format.