PITTSBURGH — Down as many as 14 points, the Duquesne men’s basketball team had to come up with a quick remedy to solve the UIC attack.
In Saturday’s win against William & Mary, Duquesne had a month of preparation to scout its opponent but the same luxury was not afforded Monday against UIC and it showed.
Led by freshman guard Sincere Carry, Duquesne was able to complete its comeback with an 89-88 overtime victory.
“I’m sure you guys had more fun than I did,” Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot said. ” I give our guys a lot of credit, we were down and out and it was a like playing search and discover out there. The one thing I’ve told guys is I’m one of these people that if I think someone is pretty good I’m going to roll with them. We didn’t play three that I think are pretty good players and the one player really came through for us tonight. Then obviously I’ve been around the game a long time but that performance today by that point guard was phenomenal. I’m not just taking about his numbers but just his poise. I haven’t seen that out of a freshman, maybe ever except the freshman year in high school when I had LeBron.”
In the game Carry scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting and added five assists. Sophomore guard Eric Williams Jr added 14 points and seven rebounds. Duquesne was able to use 12 players on the floor in this game.
UIC led for the entire game until Carry’s layup with just over one second remaining in regulation.
It was UIC’s three-point shooting which gave it the early lead and Duquesne attempted to break through several times only to be met by a Flames score.
Duquesne was down with 3:32 left in regulation but made timely baskets and used a press defense to rally.
In the overtime period, Duquesne struck first but had to come back from two points down before quickly retaking the lead.
After Marcus Weathers split free throws, Duquesne was up three points with six seconds to play. Needing a three-point shot to tie, UIC guard Godwin Boahen went into the paint where he made a layup as time expired.
Next on Duquesne’s schedule is a trip to Akron to face Radford Saturday at noon in what is considered a home game as Gotham Classic action continues.