Billikens Fall at Duquesne, 73-66
Duquesne 73, Saint Louis 66
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Palumbo Center | Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pa. – In a back-and-forth battle that saw six ties and seven lead changes, Duquesne edged Saint Louis 73-66 Wednesday in an Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball matchup at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Billikens fall to 4-12 overall and 0-4 in the A-10, while Duquesne improves to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the league.
SLU’s two-game road trip continues Saturday when it travels to Fairfax, Virginia, to take on George Mason in a 1:30 p.m. (CT) tipoff on NBCSN.
On Wednesday, senior forward Reggie Agbeko came off the bench to lead the Billikens with 18 points – two points shy of his career best. Agbeko was 8-of-11 from the field and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Junior guard Davell Roby scored 14 points for Saint Louis, while junior guard Aaron Hines chipped in nine. Freshman forward Jalen Johnson, who earned his first-career start, scored nine points (eight in the first half alone) thanks in part to a pair of first-half treys.
Duquesne, which shot 52.3 percent for the game, was led by Isiaha Mike’s game-high 24 points and game-high 13 rebounds. Mike Lewis II (15 points) and Tarin Smith (14 points) also scored in double digits for the Dukes.
Johnson was on fire for Saint Louis in the first half. At one point, he scored eight straight points as the Billikens were up by nine with 8:28 left to go in the half. SLU led by nine with less than four minutes to go in the half, but Duquesne got a 3-ball from Lewis at the first-half buzzer to close its deficit to just two (36-34 in favor of the Billikens) at the break.
Hines scored five straight points for the Billikens to give them a 48-40 advantage a little less than five minutes into the second session. But Duquesne responded with a 12- run to take the lead 52-48 with 12:06 remaining.
Three-pointers by Elliott Welmer and Crawford gave the lead back to the Billikens briefly, but midway through the second stanza Duquesne grabbed a lead it would not relinquish.
SLU had several chances to go on top later in the game but couldn’t break through. An Agbeko layup at the 5:38 mark tied the game at 62-all, but Agbeko missed the front end of a 1-and-1 on the next SLU possession.
A pair of Agbeko free throws made it 65-64 Duquesne with less than four minutes remaining, but two missed baskets and a turnover by the Billikens on the ensuing possessions kept Duquesne in the lead.
The Dukes closed the game on an 8-2 run to post the seven-point victory.