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Colorado defeats Duquesne in overtime in Virgin Islands

Field Level Media
21 Nov 2021, 11:55 GMT+10

Evan Battey scored 18 points and Jabari Walker added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead Colorado to an 84-76 overtime victory over Duquesne in a consolation-bracket game Saturday in the Paradise Jam at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Colorado (4-1) advanced to the fourth-place game Monday against Brown (4-2), which defeated Bradley 65-62 earlier Saturday.

Duquesne (1-4) will face Bradley (1-4) in the seventh-place game Monday.

Colorado's Keeshawn Barthelemy scored 12 points Saturday, while K.J. Simpson had 11 points and Tristan da Silva 10, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.

Duquesne was led by Kevin Easley, who had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Tre Williams had 17 points and Leon Ayers 15.

Duquesne was a few seconds away from a wire-to-wire win in regulation. But after pushing its lead to 68-65 lead on Williams' short jumper with 21 seconds left, the Dukes chose not to foul.

The Buffaloes made them pay when Simpson found Tristan da Silva open in the corner, and da Silva made a game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds remaining to force overtime. Before da Silva's shot, the Buffaloes had made just one of their 15 attempts from beyond the arc.

Barthelemy opened the scoring in the extra session by making a 3-pointer that gave the Buffaloes their first lead of the game. They didn't relinquish it.

Battey followed with a layup, and after Easley's 3-pointer cut the lead to 73-71, Battey made a jumper and Walker hit a 3-pointer to extend the Buffaloes' lead to 78-71.

Colorado shot 31-for-76 (40.8 percent) from the floor. Duquesne went 28-for-67 (41.8 percent), including 11-for-24 from 3-point range, but shot just 64.3 percent (9-for-14) from the free-throw line.

The Dukes led by as many as eight points in the first half en route to taking a 35-29 lead at halftime.

--Field Level Media

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