Duquesne Rallies to Knock Off Rhody, 75-72

Photo Credit: Dave DeNoma
Photo Credit: Dave DeNoma

Rhody Starters
Harris, Russell, Martin, Langevine, Dowtin

Duquesne Starters
Pipkins, Diallo, Baptiste, Pierre, Clergeot

How It Happened
Rhode Island (11-9, 4-4 Atlantic 10) led by 19 points at halftime, but Duquesne came all the way back to pull off a stunning 75-72 victory Wednesday night.

The Rhody defense held Duquesne to four points over the final 8:10 of the half, and zero points in the last 5:49. Offensively, Cyril Langevine and Jeff Dowtin combined for 16 of Rhode Island's final 21 points in the period, helping URI go into the half up, 41-22.

Duquesne (15-6, 6-2 A-10) opened the second half with a 7-0 run as the Rams turned it over on their first three possessions. The Dukes kept chipping away at the lead, eventually taking a three-point lead on a trey from Michael Hughes that made the score 59-56.

The teams traded baskets until Duquense got a put back from Frankie Hughes to go ahead, 68-66. Fatts Russell drained a 3-pointer from the corner to put Rhody up 69-68 with 1:21 to go, but Sincere Carry made two free throws to put the Dukes in front, 70-69, with 1:10 remaining.

Tyrese Martin hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to make it 72-70, but Frankie Hughes responded with a 3-pointer of his own to put the Dukes ahead, 73-72. Two more free throws by Carry made it a 3-point game, and an attempt at the buzzer was off as the Rams dropped its second straight game for the first time this season.  

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Cyril Langevine scored a career-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds. He also had two steals and one blocked shot.
  • Junior Jeff Dowtin had 12 points, five assists and three steals. It was his 21st straight game scoring in double figures.
  • Dowtin also moved into eighth place in program history in assists, ending the night with 337. He passed Stanley Wright, who had 333 from 1975-78.
  • Freshman Tyrese Martin had 10 points and five rebounds.
  • Sophomore Fatts Russell scored nine points, dished seven assists and grabbed six rebounds.
  • Freshman Omar Silverio had five points, two rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 10 minutes off the bench.
  • Rhode Island had 11 assists and one turnover in the first half. Duquesne had 10 turnovers in the first half, which led to 16 points off turnovers for the Rams.
  • In the second half, Rhody turned the ball over nine times, leading to 20 points for the Dukes.
  • After shooting 2-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half, Duquesne was 9-for-22 in the second half. Frankie Hughes had five 3-pointers and all 20 of his points after the break.

What's Next
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center to host Saint Louis Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip time is 4:05 p.m.  on CBSSN.