Akron — In a homecoming game for several involved with the Duquesne men’s basketball team, the Dukes pulled out the 69-64 victory over Radford at The LeBron James Arena.
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This was a game which featured 11 lead changes and nine ties before Duquesne was able to create some separation.
Four Duquesne players reached double figured led by Mike Lewis II’s 15 points. Eric Williams Jr recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both Frankie and Mike Hughes each scored 10 points.
Duquesne improved to 3-0 with the win.
For most of the first half, Duquesne led and controlled a pace which varied in speed, but at halftime, Duquesne trailed 36-34 on a goaltending play in which Jones was also fouled. The basket created the difference on the scoreboard.
Radford was led in the first half by Carlik Jones who scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half. Jones was suspended for Radford’s season opener and also missed the team’s most recent game against Notre Dame due to conduct detrimental to the team.
Duquesne had trailed at halftime in its last game against UIC and was able to come away with an overtime victory, but was able to settle things in regulation Saturday.
Following this win, Duquesne will conclude Gotham Classic play Tuesday when it travels to South Bend for a contest against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. The game will be on ACC Network Extra.