PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Maine men’s basketball team fell to Duquesne 87-73 on Saturday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Maine is now 2-5 while Duquesne is 4-3.
The Black Bears were led by Justin Edwards who had 19 points and eight assists.
The teams went back and forth the rest of the way and were knotted at 37 at intermission.
Alasdair Fraser and Edwards each had 10 points in the first half to lead the Black Bears.
Duquesne took a 61-56 edge midway into the second half, but Edwards scored five straight points to tie the game at 61 with 9:47 left.
The Dukes answered and grinded out a 74-67 lead with 4:30 left, but Zarko Valjarevic made a three from the corner and an Edwards free throw made it a three-point game.
However, Duquesne went on a 7-to-2 run with a minute remaining to push the game just out of reach of the Black Bears.
Fraser finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Xavier Pollard added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists.