WASHINGTON — In Wednesday afternoon’s season-ending loss to Rhode Island, Duquesne’s first-year guard Amir “Primo” Spears scored 30 points for the second-straight game, becoming the first freshman in school history to do so.
Primo Spears (30 points) is the first freshman in school history to post back-to-back 30-point games (he had a DU freshman record-tying 34 in the season finale vs. La Salle).#GoDukes pic.twitter.com/lv329Rvkdx
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Spears finished with exactly 30 points, hitting 12 of his 25 field-goal attempts, including three of his nine three-point shots. The freshman was the highest-scoring player in both halves, dropping 17 points in the first half and 13 in the second.
Prior to this game, in Spears’ regular season finale, he posted a career-high 34 points in the Dukes’ loss to La Salle. In that career performance, he knocked down 12 of his 24 shots, including two of his five three-point attempts.
The game before La Salle, Spears put up 25 points, which was a career-high at the time. For Spears, what has allowed him to be so dominant over the past three games?
“Just the game plan we were running,” Spears said after Wednesday’s game. “The last three teams, they’ve switched ball screens with me and a bigger guy. And Coach D just believed in my talent to be able to beat my guy one-on-one. I just think that’s it. I think I just took my opportunity when Coach D gave it to me with them and their defensive scheme. So I just took care of my opportunities.”
Spears and the Dukes finished the season with a 6-24 record, as well as a 1-17 in Atlantic 10 play. He capped off his season averaging 12.7 points per game while shooting 37% from the field.