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Balanced Dukes Down Abaco Elite, 109-91

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PITTSBURGH - Sincere Carry and Baylee Steele led six players in double figures with 18 points each and Marcus Weathers added 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Duquesne to a 109-91 win over Abaco Elite, in the second and final game of the Dukes' Bahamas Tour on Friday night at Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau.

Freshman Maceo Austin (16 points), Tavian Dunn-Martin (13 points) and Lamar Norman Jr. (12 points) were DU's other double-digit scorers.

The Dukes, who never trailed, assisted on 22 of their 41 field goals and outrebounded Abaco Elite 53-38.

"I thought we shared the ball better, and shot it better," said head coach Keith Dambrot. "There are still a lot of areas where we need to improve."

Dunn-Martin led the Dukes with eight assists. Carry added seven assists and nine rebounds and Steele finished with eight boards.

Duquesne hit six 3-pointers, including three from Dunn-Martin, in jumping out to a 30-15 lead after one quarter.

The Dukes, who went 8-of-16 from the arc in the opening 20 minutes, got 3-pointers from Carry and Austin in the last 1:10 of the second quarter to take a 55-44 lead at the half.

Austin, who went 7-of-11 from the field for the game, scored eight in the second quarter.

"Maceo played well," said Dambrot. "He did a little bit of everything. I thought Marcus [Weathers] made some plays for us when it mattered. He had a little junkyard dog in him tonight."

Duquesne led 69-63 with 3:15 left in the third quarter before ripping off an 11-0 run to make it 80-63 after three quarters. Steele, a first-year grad transfer, capped the run with a jumper followed by a 3-pointer.

Steele picked up where he left off, hitting a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter to make it a 19-point game.

Abaco Elite battled back to make it 92-85 with 5:36 to go, before the Dukes responded with a 15-2 run to make it 107-87 with under one minute left. Carry scored seven and Steele added six during the run.

"This was a good overall trip for us," said Dambrot. "I will be a great teaching tool as we prepare for the regular season."

The Dukes return to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

NOTES

  • The games were played under FIBA rules with the major differences being four 10-minute quarters and a 24 second shot clock (which is reduced to 14 seconds following an offensive rebound).
  • Sincere Carry, Tavian Dunn-Martin, Maceo Austin, Marcus Weathers and Baylee Steele started for the Dukes.
  • Tavian Dunn-Martin and Frankie Hughes, who went a combined 1-of-14 in DU's 103-89 win over Raw Talent Elite on Wednesday, bounced back to hit 5-of-8 from the arc. Dunn-Martin finished 3-of-6 and Hughes was 2-of-2.
  • DU outscored Abaco Elite 21-8 in second chance points and 27-4 in bench points.
  • Duquesne, which never trailed, led 30-15 after the first quarter, 55-44 at the half and 80-63 after three quarters ... Duquesne's largest lead was 20 on two occasions, the last of which came at 109-89 with :09 left.

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