Pittsburgh, Pa.—Guards Chris De La Rosa and Brian Neller scored 14 points each, but the host Duquesne Dukes hit 30 free throws and 11 three-point field goals en route to a 101-69 victory at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The Dukes sprinted out to a 17-4 lead as UMBC committed nine turnovers in the first 7:45 of the game. The Retrievers would settle down and after missing their first nine attempts from behind the arc, hit three of their last four. Sophomore Brian Neller hit back-to-back treys to trim the deficit to 40-30 with 2:11 to play in the half, but the Dukes hit their sixth and seventh trifectas in the final 50 seconds to go into the locker room with a 48-32 lead.
In a hectic first 4:19 of half, UMBC cut the lead to 54-44 on a Wertz trey, but the Dukes scored five straight to restore the lead to 59-44 and the Retrievers could not close within single digits the rest of the way.
De La Rosa surpassed the 500-point plateau in his career and added five assists.
Travis King scored in double figures for the fifth straight game with 11 points.
The Dukes hit 30 of 54 shots from the floor (55.6 percent) and 11 of 22 from behind the arc. They scored 36 points off a UMBC season-high 20 turnovers.
UMBC revisits the state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday as they take on Penn at 7:00 p.m.