Dupree’s late baskets lead Portland State over Akron
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP)—Lucas Dupree hit a short jump shot to give Portland State the lead with just more than a minute remaining and the Vikings held on to defeat Akron 66-63 on Saturday in the semifinals of the BP Top of the World Classic.
Dupree finished with 17 points in a game that saw the 17 lead changes.
No team led by more than six in the first half and the first period ended with the score tied at 36.
Portland State (2-1) trailed by three with just more than three minutes left when Jeremiah Dominguez drove through heavy traffic and scored to pull within 61-60.
Dupree followed with a jumper from the lane, and after Akron’s Jeremiah Wood hit a short hook shot, Dupree hit another jumper from the lane to give the Vikings the lead for good with 1:16 remaining.
Deonte Huff stole a pass, drove to the basket and dunked with 58 seconds remaining for the final margin.
Portland State won despite being outrebounded 40-28. Akron’s bench contributed 30 points to just six for the Vikings.
Dominguez shot 7-for-8 from the field and scored 18 for Portland State.
Nick Dials led Akron (1-1) with 15 points. Wood had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Zips.