Aggies Lose In Vegas Classic Opener
PITTSBURGH (December 17, 2017) – Duquesne used their advantage on the boards to defeat the North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team 74-58 at A.J. Palumbo Center Sunday afternoon in the Aggies first game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
The Aggies will play their second game of the classic at Southern Illinois on Dec. 19, before playing the final two games in Las Vegas against Radford (Dec. 22) and UC Davis or Lamar (Dec. 23). The Aggies dropped to 6-5 after the loss to the Dukes, while the Dukes won their fifth straight and improved to 7-3. Junior forward Femi Olujobi (6-foot-8, 233, Long Island, NY) was the only Aggie who scored double figures as he finished with 13 points and six rebounds on 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw line.
Two issues hampered the Aggies. N.C. A&T only got up 43 shots after turning the ball over 16 times and dishing out just eight assists. N.C. A&T was outscored 21-12 in points off turnovers. The other issue was rebounding. The Dukes outrebounded the Aggies 41-29 and 20-6 on the offensive glass. That led to the Dukes having a 21-8 advantage in second chance points.
N.C. A&T turned the ball over 12 times in the first half. In the 16 shots the Aggies did get up in the first half, they made eight of them to shoot 50 percent. Olujobi’s 3-pointer got the Aggies to within five at 16-11 with 12 minutes to play in the first half. Duquesne increased their advantage by going on a 10-2 run started by a 3-point play by Eric Williams, Jr. It ended with a 3-pointer from Mike Lewis II to give the Dukes a 26-13 lead with 5:02 remaining in the first half. Freshman Kameron Langley got the Aggies to within 10 at halftime, 34-24, with two free throws.
After junior Japhet Kadji hit a free throw to open the second half, a follow-up dunk by Chas Brown was met with a foul from Kadji for a 3-point play for the Dukes to put them up 12, 37-25. It was followed by two 3-pointers from Rene Castro-Canedy and from Tarin Smith to push the Dukes lead to 48-33 with 14:55 remaining. The closest the Aggies got the rest of the way was 11. Lewis II led the Dukes with 16 points.