Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

16-0 Run Fuel for Dukes' Big Rally

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

16-0 Run Fuel for Dukes' Big Rally

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After trailing by 18 points in the first half and 15 points in the second half, Duquesne went on a 16-0 run and cranked up the pressure on defense to take a late lead and hold on to it in the final minutes to beat Longwood, 80-71, Sunday at Palumbo Center.

It was Duquesne's biggest comeback since 1997, when the Dukes trailed by 19 and came back to beat Radford, 88-82.

"I'm proud of our guys," Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot said. "I'll give them credit for the fighting. Because we fought back, cut it back, and then they went ahead again and most guys would have quit at that point, but we didn't. So I give them credit. I thought defensively, we played really good in the second half, not so good in the first half but [Longwood] played well. That guy's a good coach. They're very, very good defensively."

Duquesne (6-2) is only the third team to score more than 70 points against Longwood (7-4) this season.

After a low-energy first half buried Duquesne in a 47-32 hole at halftime, the Dukes cut it to 53-47 at the 13:05 mark after sophomore swingman Eric Williams Jr., who had a double-double (22 points, 12 rebounds) and led the team in scoring drained a 3-pointer and freshman point guard Sincere Carry made a layup and free throw.

Longwood made three 3s for a 15-point lead at 9:16 and forced a Duquesne timeout. Duquesne responded with a 16-0 run, a 3-pointer by Williams and baseline jumper by freshman guard Lamar Norman Jr., who tallied 15 points, making it 62-52.

Freshman Amari Kelly dunked after a steal by sophomore guard Tavian Dunn-Martin (11 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists) and Norman added a layup to make it 62-61, then two free throws by Dunn-Martin gave Duquesne its first lead of the day at 5:09.

"It was like, 'Oh shoot we can really get in this game,'" said Norman, who made his first start of the season. "We all just kept our heads up and that's what we did and we got the win. …

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