I wasn’t hoping to bring this feature of the old We Wear the Ring back so soon, but unfortunately, it’s time with Mike Lewis’ midseason departure .
His career got off to a promising start, and I was looking forward to watching him climb Duquesne’s all – time scoring list. At 979, he fell just short of a thousand career points on the Bluff with a season and a half to go. He struggled this year outside of his normal go to roll, but I was hoping for a rebound at any moment. He got considerably better on defense since Keith Dambrot took over as coach, but Lewis, naturally, hasn’t fit as well as the host of the coach’s own recruits have. Regardless, his Duquesne career ended sooner than it should have. Here are his five best games.
5. February 11, 2017 @ Saint Louis
The best true road game of Lewis’ career. He went 9-12 from the floor including 5-6 from three point land. He also chipped in a career high six assists.
4. December 4, 2017 vs UMES
Lewis’ scored the second highest point total of his career with twenty-nine on his best shooting performance. Lewis went 10-12 with 6-7 coming from three and accounted for the difference in the route.
3. December 22, 2017 vs San Francisco
Lewis only scored twenty points against San Francisco, but he took the game over late. He scored eighteen in the second including eleven during a key 12-4 run that allowed the Dukes to create some separation from the Dons.
2. February 15, 2017 vs UMass
The Dukes struggled in the Atlantic 10 season during Jim Ferry’s final year as coach, but the team exploded on UMass with Mike Lewis II leading the charge. Lewis scored a career high thirty – one while dishing out four assists, tied for the second highest in his career.
1. January 13, 2018 vs La Salle
Mike Lewis scored eleven of his twenty – five in the third and decisive over time period. It wasn’t his most efficient night offensively, but he turned it on when it counted and willed his team to a W.
I will remember Mike Lewis II for his determination, work ethic, and his commitment to get better. Alas, I was hoping to also remember him among the all-time greats for the Dukes and a player who helped them transition back over the hump. I wish him nothing but the best wherever he lands.