Leonard Houston scores 23 points, Korver adds 22 and Drake beats Duquesne, 77-73

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Leonard Houston scored 23 points, including two free throws with 1.6 seconds left, and Drake beat Duquesne 77-73 Saturday night in the Drake Iowa Realty Invitational Tournament finals.

Klayton Korver had 22 for Drake (5-1), which was won four straight. The loss ends a six-game winning streak for Duquesne (6-1), which was attempting to match its best start since the 1979-80 season.

Duquesne whittled a 10-point Drake lead down to 72-70 on a Gary Tucker layup with 42 seconds left. But Korver, who had missed eight straight 3-point tries in the second half, buried a 3 from the corner to put the Bulldogs up by five with 12 seconds left. Reggie Jackson answered for Duquesne with a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds to go.

The Dukes then put Houston on the free throw line, and he hit both to seal the win. Shawn James scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five blocks for Duquesne.

After a breakneck first half that saw 94 points scored, both teams went cold at the start of the second half. But Drake, which missed 20 of their first 23 shots after halftime, went up 62-52 on free throws after Duquesne’s Aaron Jackson was charged with a technical foul. The Dukes pulled within 65-63 on a Kieron Achara layup with just over five minutes left.

Houston put Drake back on top, 70-66, with a 3-pointer and a jumper.

Duquense set a fast tempo early on, but Drake adapted by hitting five 3’s in the opening eight minutes to take a 23-11 lead. Drake scored 19 points off of 13 Duquesne turnovers in the first half and led 51-43 at the break.

Achara scored 14 for the Dukes.

This was the first meeting between Duquesne and Drake since 1934. Drake, which was paid $125 for traveling to Pittsburgh, lost that game 48-26.

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 Duquesne
S. James S. James
7-10,  16 Pts
11 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Drake
L. Houston L. Houston
7-17,  23 Pts
4 Rebs, 3 Assists

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