Duquesne Cruises Past UMass 96-66

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Freshman Mike Lewis II scored a career-high 31 points and Duquesne snapped an eight-game skid, cruising past UMass 96-66 on Wednesday night.

Lewis was 8 of 14 from the floor including six 3-pointers for the Dukes (10-16, 3-10 Atlantic 10). One of those 3-pointers was the spectacular result of a wild shot by Lewis, after Duquesne forced a UMass turnover with seconds left in the first half.

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Isiaha Mike added 23 points and eight rebounds, Rene Castro had 11 points and six assists and Emile Blackman had 10 points.

After building a 17-point lead in the first half, Duquesne never looked back, and Lewis sank back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half to stretch it to 59-39 with 17:46 to play. Mike sank a 3 midway to make it 84-44 and the Dukes cruised to the win.

A Blackman layup early in the first half put the Dukes on top for good and they took a 51-34 advantage into the break.

Luwane Pipkins scored 16 points for the Minutemen (13-13, 3-10) who have lost six of their last seven.

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