Tevin Brewer’s heroics with one second remaining secured Duquesne’s 83-82 victory over North Florida Monday at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.
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Dae Dae Grant led all scorers with his 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Grant also had five rebounds and six assists. Tre Williams added 13 points and David Dixon amassed his career high with 12 points.
Jarius Hicklen paced North Florida (1-3) with his 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Carter Hendricksen ended his night with 14 points and Jose Placer 11 points.
Early on, Duquesne had a balanced offensive effort as four of five starters had recorded a basket prior to the opening media timeout. That number would increase to six shortly after.
Duquesne’s biggest inconsistency in the first half was its defense. As North Florida got into its offensive sets, the Dukes got stuck in rotations allowing for easier scores.
North Florida shot 65% from the field and 50% on its three-point field goals.
Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot elected to call a timeout to settle his team down and in the short term it worked to a degree. The defense strung a couple of stops together and then offensively made a couple of simple baskets.
Matus Hronsky provided a brief boost in the final minute plus of the opening half scoring five points, briefly placing Duquesne in front, but with 1.6 seconds left he fouled, allowing Hicklen to give the Ospreays a 43-42 halftime lead.
Williams went to work with a basket and the foul to open the second half and Rotroff continued the post scoring matching his teammates’ accomplishment heading into a media timeout. Following the break, his free throw allowed the Dukes to regain the advantage.
With both teams trading makes, Grant scored 10 consecutive Duquesne points and then threw a baseball pass across his body to find an open Quincy McGriff, who buried a three-point basket, placing the Dukes up by six points.
Duquesne would lose this lead as North Florida buried three additional triples, squaring the contest heading into the final media timeout.
Down the stretch, North Florida had a chance to go up by two points, but Hicklen missed his second free throw, Rotroff grabbed the rebound and Brewer scored the game-winning points with a midrange floater.
Duquesne played this contest without R.J. Gunn and Joe Reece. Gunn was wearing a boot as like last year he has a foot injury. Reece is also wearing a boot after an ankle injury during the second half of the Colgate game. Kevin Easley remains suspended for a violation of team rules.
The Dukes have a quick turnaround as they will host Alabama State Wednesday at 7 p.m.