PITTSBURGH — Playing on its “home” court at PPG Paints Arena for the final time this season, Duquesne couldn’t find the basket when needed, as the Dukes dropped a 73-62 decision to Richmond to close their 2019-20 regular season.
The Dukes shot 34.5% from the floor and an inexplicable 37.5% from the free-throw line, with the offensive struggles keeping Duquesne from ever putting together a long scoring run.
Richmond got one just before the end of the first half, reeling off a 10-1 run that broke the game open and Duquesne was never able to fully close the gap. The Dukes got it as close as three with 9:25 to play after a Sincere Carry layup that made the score 50-57, but Richmond responded with an immediate 8-0 run to bring the lead right back up.
Tavian Dunn-Martin led Duquesne with 14 points and hit 4 of 10 from 3-point range. Senior Baylee Steele started the game with six points early on senior night and finished with 12. Mike Hughes had 10 points and Marcus Weathers had nine with 10 rebounds.
Duquesne’s four forwards — Baylee, Hughes, Austin Rotroff and Weathers — combined for 34 points, but were 8 for 22 from the free throw line, while the Dukes’ guards attempted just a combined two free throws.
The Dukes needed a win for a chance at a double bye in the 2020 Atlantic-10 championship. Instead, they will finish as either the No. 5 or the No. 6 seed, with their first game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn coming on Thursday, March 12.