McCANDLESS TWP., Pa. – As the Duquesne men’s basketball team got into transition in the second half, redshirt junior point guard Tavian Dunn-Martin could have gone with a layup but instead opted to lob a pass off the backboard to freshman guard Maceo Austin, who finished the play with a dunk.
The slam gave Duquesne a 19-point lead and gave those in attendance at the Kerr Fitness Center a reason to collectively rise from their seats and applaud.
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From there, Duquesne was able to maintain its advantage and defeat Lipscomb 58-36 Friday night to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Redshirt junior Marcus Weathers paced Duquesne with 13 points, 12 rebounds and added a career-high six steals, while fellow redshirt junior Mike Hughes had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Graduate student center Baylee Steele added 13 points.
Ahsan Asadullah had 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to lead Lipscomb.
Duquesne quickly found out what having Hughes on the court meant as he provided a boost consisting of eight points and seven rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
Hughes was a perfect three-for-three from the field and also was able to grab a key rebound over Asadullah which also led to a foul which benefited the Dukes.
Asadullah was a force of his own scoring Lipscomb’s opening eight points, before Duquesne was able to put a body on him and prevent him to make an additional impact on the scoreboard.
Offensively, Lipscomb was actively looking for Asadullah in this stretch as the sophomore center missed the team’s last game at Tennessee State.
While there were individual performances for both teams to be proud of, the three-point shooting left a lot to be desired and the misfires each actively halted momentum.
In the game’s opening 20 minutes, Duquesne was 0-for-11 on its three-point shots, while Lipscomb was 0-for-9. The misses did lead to rebounds, which Duquesne had 21 of, good for a six-board advantage. The teams combined to finish 1-for-40 from deep.
Lipscomb’s lack of a three-point basket snapped a streak of 474 games with at least one made. As for Duquesne, Despite the three-point misses, it did shoot at a 50% clip on its two-point shots. At halftime, Duquesne held a 24-18 lead.
Though Asadullah scored the first basket in the second half, he quickly picked up his third foul and Duquesne capitalized.
Weathers was able to grab rebounds and move in transition. His pass to Steele set up a basket and a foul which appeared to get Duquesne going.
Shortly after, Steele took a pass and put down a dunk and on Lipscomb’s next possession, his active hands resulted in a turnover. From there, Duquesne was off to the races, using an 11-0 run to fire both itself and the fans up.
Dunn-Martin made the game’s lone three-point basket, with 9:16 remaining in the second half.
Defensively, Duquesne added to its momentum forcing Lipscomb to shoot 21.7% from the field in the second half.
This contest ends Duquesne’s three-game homestand which started the team’s season. Duquesne will next play three games in the Bahamas as part of the Junkanoo Jam which will be held at Bimini, Bahamas. The first contest will take place Thursday against Indiana State.