Duquesne improves to 2-0 as Mike Lewis II scores 22 in win over VMI
Mike Lewis II scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, and host Duquesne scored 27 points off of 24 turnovers in a 77-61 victory over VMI on Tuesday night.
Tarin Smith added 21 points, Rene Castro-Caneddy had 14 and Eric Williams Jr. grabbed nine rebounds for Duquesne (2-0), which never trailed and outscored VMI, 30-22, in the paint.
Lewis II capped Duquesne's opening 10-3 run with a 3-pointer, and the Dukes led by as many as 16 en route to a 44-29 halftime lead. The first half also included a 10-0 spurt in which Castro-Caneddy hit a 3 and Lewis added two more. Lewis scored 17 points with four 3s in the half.
VMI cut the deficit to 58-51 on Tyler Creammer's jumper with 9 minutes, 38 seconds to play, but Smith's jumper sparked a 9-3 run and the Dukes pulled ahead 67-54.
Jordan Ratliffe scored 14 points, Keith Smith and Creammer had 13 apiece for VMI (0-2), which lost its season opener 102-67 to N.C. State on Friday.