Men's Basketball

 

Dukes Come Back From 18 Down, Outlast Gloucester

Dukes Come Back From 18 Down, Outlast Gloucester

The Dukes trailed Gloucester 55-42 at halftime and quickly cut the lead to ten in the first thirty seconds of the second half.  From there, the Roadrunners put together a run to push their lead to a game-high 18 points.  Out of a Cumberland timeout, it appeared the Dukes were on their way to being eliminated from playoff contention but they weren't ready to give up just yet.  Cumberland nibbled at the deficit, and trailing 69-53 with 12:53 to play, the Dukes came roaring back.  At the 9:55 mark, Cumberland had the lead down to 6 after a 10-0 run over that span.

Freshman Olajuwon Rainner hit a big three-point basket with 6:58 to play to cut the Roadrunner lead to 2 and with 5:37 left on the clock, the game was tied 77-77, completing a 24-8 over seven minutes.  The Dukes then finished off the game with another big run, outscoring Gloucester 19-8 down the stretch.  Over the final thirteen minutes, the Dukes outscored their opponent 41-16 to pull off an improbable comeback and keep their playoff hopes alive.  Sophomore Hikeem Pruitt had a monster game, pouring in 30 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.  Ezekiel Shockley added 25 points and 6 assists and Olajuwon Rainner scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

With the win, the Dukes have won three straight, and four out of their last five when it looked like they were limping into the end of the season.  With one conference game remaining, Cumberland has a chance to make the playoffs with a win at home against a tough Camden team on Thursday night.