- Freshman Lamar Norman Jr.
scored 11 of his season-high 16 points in the first half to help Duquesne to just its third 7-2 start in 46 years with a 72-57 win over Maryland Eastern Shore at the Palumbo Center.
First-year Miami, Ohio transfer Marcus Weathers
posted his first double-double as a Duke with 11 points and 11 rebounds as Duquesne extended its home win streak to seven (6-0 this year). It was also DU's 12th straight win in nonconference home games.
Ryan Andino led Maryland Eastern Shore (1-9) with a game-high 22 points.
and Frankie Hughes
had 12 points each for the Dukes, who won despite shooting 39.3 percent.
Duquesne got a pair of 3-pointers from Norman Jr. in jumping out to an 18-6 lead. The Dukes upped the advantage to 27-7 when Carry buried DU's sixth 3-pointer.
Maryland Eastern Shore, which opened the game 3-of-19, hit eight of its last 12 shots to make it 41-26 at the half.
Norman Jr.'s fourth 3-pointer made it 51-30 with 16:35 left, before Eastern Shore put together an 11-1 run to cut the lead to 11.
Duquesne's full court pressure forced a turnover that resulted in an Austin Rotroff
dunk that made it 55-41 with just over 12 minutes remaining.
A pair of Frankie Hughes
3-pointers and a Brandon Wade
layup gave the Dukes a 63-43 lead with 9:24 remaining.
DU maintained a 13-point lead despite missing eight consecutive shots.
The Dukes hit six free throws, including four from Carry, to make it 69-50.
Carry, who also had seven assists and four steals, ended an eight-minute Duquesne field goal drought with a three-point play with 1:42 left.
DU finished 12-of-36 from the 3-point arc, with Norman Jr. (4-of-9), Mike Lewis II
(3-of-6) and Frankie Hughes
(3-of-8) accounting for 10 of the 12 makes.
Andino had six 3-pointers for the Hawks, who finished 7-of-17 from the arc and shot 37.5 percent for the game.
Duquesne will pay its annual tribute to the City of Pittsburgh on Sunday when it takes on Maine at 1:00 p.m. (ESPN+). The Dukes will don their special edition black and gold uniforms for the game, which will be followed by the Duquesne women vs. East Tennessee State. Tickets, which will be good for both games, are available in advance online-only for just $4.12 click here
. In addition, the first 412 fans in attendance will receive a one-of-a-kind Duquesne holiday season "ugly Christmas sweater" t-shirt.
- This is just the third time in the past 46 years (since 1972-73) that Duquesne has opened 7-2 or better. The others were 2015-16 & 1979-80 (both 10-2).
- The Dukes extended their nonconference home win streak to 12 in moving to 14-2 in nonconference home games under Keith Dambrot.
- Duquesne is 17-3 all-time against schools that comprise the current Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
- Freshman Lamar Norman Jr., who had 15 points in his first career start vs. Longwood on Sunday, started and went 4-of-9 from the arc in scoring a season-high 16.
- Marcus Weathers, who had three double-doubles as a freshman at Miami, Ohio in 2016-17, finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The 11 rebounds were a season high and the 11 points tied his season high set vs. Marshall.
- Six-eight center Michael Hughes (13.7, 5.9), who entered Thursday's games ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.709) was not in uniform for the second-straight game due to a knee injury. In the three games prior to the injury, Hughes was 24-of-30 from the field and averaging 16.7 points.
- There were two lead changes before Duquesne took the lead for good on a Marcus Weathers layup that made it 3-2 with 17:03 left in the first half ... Maryland Eastern Shore's largest lead was one point at 2-1 ... Duquesne's largest lead was 22, the last of which came at 38-16 with 2:34 left in the first half ... Duquesne led for 38:11, Maryland Eastern Shore led for 0:31 ... the game was tied for 1:17.