WASHINGTON — The 2017-18 Duquesne men’s basketball season came to a close on Thursday, as the Dukes bowed out of the Atlantic-10 Tournament with an 81-68 loss to the Richmond Spiders.
The Spiders led throughout, and the Dukes kept things close for the first 30 minutes, but a long Richmond run in the second half gave the Spiders more than enough separation.
Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard was a thorn in the Dukes’ side all day. He scored 20 points and was 6 of 10 from the floor, 3 of 7 from 3-point range and 5 of 5 at the free-throw line. He also had two rebonds and three assists.
For the Dukes, Mike Lewis II and Rene Castro-Caneddy each had 14 points. Duquesne’s freshmen, Eric Williams, Jr. and Tydus Verhoeven, had a tough night on the big stage. Williams had eight points and four rebounds. Verhoeven had three and four.
The game marked the Duquesne finale for Chas Brown (two points, two rebounds), Castro-Caneddy, Eric James (three points, one rebound) and Jordan Robinson (eight points).
The Spiders will advance to the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament, where they’ll face No. 2 St. Bonaventure.
Duquesne’s season ends with a 16-16 record. They finished 7-11 in the A-10 regular season.