Short-handed Duquesne falls to VCU, 5-game winning streak snapped
Sincere Carry’s absence from the Duquesne men’s basketball team was apparent simply by observing the scoreboard following an 80-74 loss to VCU on Saturday at Palumbo Center.
The Dukes offense never looked right without their freshman point guard, who missed the game with a knee injury and averages 12.1 points per game.
Things were especially bad down the stretch. Duquesne shot 16.7 percent (2 of 12) from beyond the arc in the second half, losing a chance to fortify their position among the top of the Atlantic 10 standings.
Duquesne (14-6, 5-2) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end and added a seventh straight loss against the Rams, whom Duquesne has never defeated.
From the outset, the Dukes had their shaky moments
VCU (14-6, 5-2) scored the game’s first seven points and led 16-5 following a Vince Williams layup with 13 minutes, 56 seconds left in the first half.
Contributors from Dukes’ bench helped bring them back. Gavin Bizeau, who had scored 12 points on the season, knocked down two 3-pointers and scored eight first-half points. Tavian Dunn-Martin, who primarily filled in for Carry, scored 12 of his team-high 21 in the first half.
Following 3-pointers from Dunn-Martin and Frankie Hughes, Duquesne surged ahead 38-29 with 2:53 to play in the first half.
Hughes also scored in double figures for the Dukes, finishing with 20.
The Dukes took a 41-39 lead into the break.
VCU went ahead for good, 59-57, when Mike’l Simmons made a layup with 9:48 remaining. It was the start of a 7-0 run for the Rams.
VCU outrebounded Duquesne, 45-27. Marcus Santos-Silva led the Rams with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Evans also scored 22 for VCU.
Josh Rizzo is a freelance writer.