McCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — After an impressive season-opening win at home against Princeton a week ago, the Duquesne men’s basketball team got their second win of the season on Tuesday in a different fashion. In a slugfest from the beginning, the Dukes held on to beat the Lamar Cardinals 66-56 at La Roche University.
Tuesday’s matchup was the first of four non-conference home games that Duquesne will play at La Roche during the 2019-20 season.
Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot hinted before the game that Lamar was going to try and make it a scrappy one, and the Cardinals did just that.
The Dukes were led by Mike Hughes, who scored 17 points on 5 of 5 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Sincere Carry added 16 points, and freshman Maceo Austin had 15 and five rebounds.
The Dukes started the game 2-of-15 from the field and fell behind the Cardinals by nine points in the first half. After a 9-0 run sparked by Austin, who dropped in seven quick points, the Dukes took the lead with just over four minutes remaining in the first half.
Duquesne starting center Hughes picked up two fouls in the first 2:05 of the game. Hughes missed the remainder of the half. But Hughes gave the Dukes breathing room to start the second half when he scored 11 points, grabbed three rebounds and drew a charge in the first six minutes of the final frame.
Duquesne pushed their lead to 48-38 with just under 12:00 left in the game. The Cardinals then went on a 7-0 run to cut it to a one-possession game. But Duquesne wasn’t harmed by the game pressure and ended the game on an 8-0 run.
Lamar was led by senior T.J. Atwood, who scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Dukes will be back in action against Lipscomb on Friday, Nov. 15, at La Roche.