PITTSBURGH — It took Duquesne over 35 minutes to garner its first lead in a non-conference contest with Longwood on Sunday. But once the Dukes did, they had it for good – rallying back from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat the Lancers, 80-71 , and win their sixth straight game at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The Dukes used an 18-1 second-half run spearheaded by sophomore Eric Williams, who finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, to climb back and hand Longwood (7-4) its first loss since Nov. 25th.
After outscoring one of the nation’s top scoring teams in Marshall Wednesday, Duquesne faced the opposite end of the spectrum in Longwood – a stingy unit giving up just 60.1 points-per-game while limiting opponents to 37 percent shooting – and first half reflected it. The Dukes sputtered into halftime, shooting 39 percent from the floor (11-28), 32 percent from 3 (6-19) and trailing 19-11 on the boards. A series of timely adjustments from Keith Dambrot enabled the second-half surge as the Dukes limited Longwood to 30 percent shooting and forced 14 turnovers.
Aside Williams’ third double-double of the season, Lamar Norman Jr. finished with 15 points while Tavian Dunn-Martin added 11 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Duquesne looks next to a home matchup with Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 13.