Duquesne 82, N. Carolina A&T 69
ALBUQUERQUE (AP)—Kieron Achara scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to lead Duquesne to an 82-69 win over the North Carolina A&T Aggies Saturday night in the NABC Classic.
Achara had just four points on two buckets at the break. But he got easy looks in the second half as the Dukes became more adept at handling the Aggies’ full-court press. Most of the sophomore forward’s points came on layups and free throws.
Achara fouled out, but not before helping Duquesne’s winning effort. He also had nine rebounds and a pair of steals.
Junior guard Bryant McAllister tied Achara with a team-high 17 points and had a game-high five steals.
Guard Steven Koger led North Carolina A&T (0-2) with 14 points.
The Aggies’ full-court defensive pressure was especially effective in the game’s first 10 minutes.
The Aggies went on a 9-0 run that began with a Koger 3-pointer and ended with a Leslie Powell layup.
North Carolina A&T forced 16 Duquesne turnovers in the first half.
But freshman guard Chauncey Duke shot Duquesne back into the lead. Duquesne trailed by three midway through the first half. Duke then scored 12 of his team’s next 14 points to put Duquesne ahead by four. The 6-foot-6 freshman made all four of his 3-point attempts in the first half.
The Dukes (1-1) used 3-pointers and old-fashioned three-point plays to pull away in the second half. McAllister opened play with a quick 3-pointer to give Duquesne some breathing room. Achara added a layup and a free throw and then Ryan Tricco did the same. A Tricco 3-point shot gave Duquesne an 11-point lead, more than enough to get the Dukes through to the final buzzer.
The Aggies will play Santa Clara at 2 p.m. Sunday. Following that game, Duquesne is scheduled to play New Mexico.
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