URI Blows 17 Point Lead To Lose To Duquesne

A cold stretch late did Rhode Island in as the Rams suffered a 71-69 loss at Duquesne Wednesday night.

The Rams (7-8, 4-4 Atlantic 10) missed their final eight shots of the night and were just 1-of-10 over the final 5:05. Duquesne (4-5, 3-4 A-10) was the opposite, hitting 10 of its last 12 shot attempts to complete the comeback in a game that saw Rhode Island lead by as many as 17 points in the first half.

Rhode Island led by 14 points following a Jermaine Harris layup with 14:22 to go. From there, Duquesne had all to momentum, steadily chipping away at the lead until a Tavian Dunn-Martin 3-pointer tied the game at 64-64 with 6:50 remaining.

Neither side led by more than one point over the next 6:33 until a Dunn-Martin free throw made the score 71-69 for the Dukes. Rhode Island had two shots in the final 17 seconds, but a contested layup by Fatts Russell and a 3-point shot at the buzzer by D.J. Johnson both bounced off the rim.

Inside the Box Score

In the first half, Rhode Island committed just five turnovers and limited the Dukes to 37.9 percent from the floor, helping establish a 13-point halftime lead.
Eight second-half turnovers led to 13 points for Duquesne in the second half. The Dukes also shot 50.0 percent from the floor as it mounted the comeback.
Rhode Island once again dominated the boards, outrebounding Duquesne 40-26. The Rams had an 11-2 edge in second-chance points.
Rhode Island was solid at the free throw line, shooting 17-for-22 as a team.
Sophomore center Makhel recorded his second straight double-double, finishing leading the team with 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was his third straight game scoring in double figures.
Mitchell also had three blocked shots, the third time this season he has had three or more in a game.
Senior Fatts Russell had 13 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Redshirt junior Antwan Walker finished with 10 points and four boards. It was his sixth game in double figures this season.
Senior Jeremy Sheppard had nine points, five rebounds and two assists.
Freshman Ishmael Leggett had four points and three rebounds. Over his last two games, all eight of his points have come at the free throw line.

Up Next
Rhode Island’s next game – at the moment – is at La Salle on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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