PITTSBURGH — The Duquesne men’s basketball team understood coming into Wednesday night’s contest with Marshall that it would be in for a fast-paced 40 minutes, and achieved a season-high in points winning 93-82 at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
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Duquesne (5-2) was led in points by redshirt sophomore Michael Hughes who tied his career-high with 20 points, shooting 7-for-9 from the field. It was the second consecutive 20-point games for Hughes.
Freshman guard Sincere Carry contributed 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Mike Lewis II netted 15 points including 11 straight for Duquesne at one point in the first half.
Additionally, Duquesne enjoyed a 46-30 advantage in the paint, and shot 58 percent from the field.
C.J. Burks led Marshall with 26 points. Marshall’s leading scorer Jon Elmore scored 12 points, but was 2-for-11 from the field.
In that first half, Duquesne led by as many as 18 points, an advantage which came after Lewis II was fouled by Taevion Kinsey on what became a four-point play. As Lewis II came up, he had a big smile on his face, after which he calmly sank the free throw.
Duquesne was able to answer several Marshall punches in the second half, as several different team members were able to make plays at opportune times.
There was a noteworthy change in Duquesne’s starting lineup as Eric Williams, Jr., was placed on the bench and Frankie Hughes started in his place. Williams did not check in until 9:25 remained in the first half.
Duquesne will continue its seven-game homestand Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest against Longwood. Longwood beat Atlantic 10 foe Richmond earlier this season and is currently 303rd in the latest KenPom ratings.