On Monday afternoon, Duquesne (2-4) defeated Bradley by a score of 78-70 in the Dukes’ final game of the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Leading by just three points with 18 seconds left, Duquesne had to close this one out after multiple furious comebacks by the Braves throughout the second half.
To secure the victory for the Dukes, Leon Ayers III, a guard transfer from Mercer, stepped to the free-throw line and got the job done. Ayers made both, making it four straight converted free throws for him and giving the Dukes a lead they would not surrender.
:16.7 | DUQ 71, BU 67; Ayers at line shooting second of 1+1; Ayers leads Dukes with 18 points off the bench#GoDukes
— Duquesne Basketball (@DuqMBB) November 22, 2021
Ayers led the way for a very balanced Duquesne squad today, scoring a season-high 23 points and leading a group of five Dukes that each scored in double figures.
Behind him, Tre Williams (15 points), Primo Spears (14 points), Jackie Johnson (12 points), and Kevin Easley (10 points) also contributed for Duquesne on offense. As a team, Duquesne shot 48% from the field, as well as 43% from three-point land.
Bradley was led by Terry Roberts, who finished with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
Duquesne’s next game comes on Sunday, Nov. 28, when it hosts American University at 2 p.m. at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.