PITTSBURGH -- Nikola Malesevic scored 19 points and Rhode Island won its second straight since snapping a six-game skid, beating Duquesne 67-62 Saturday night.
The Rams (8-16, 3-8 Atlantic 10 Conference) avenged a 78-71 loss to the Dukes on Jan. 14. Malasevic was 8-of-13 shooting and 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Xavier Munford added 14 points and six assists.
Duquesne (8-17, 1-10), which had just snapped an 11-game losing streak Thursday against Temple, got 20 points and seven assists from Derrick Colter.
The Dukes jumped to an 11-4 lead, but a 13-4 Rhode Island run put the Rams up 26-23, and they led 33-28 at halftime.
Duquesne took back the lead 44-43 on Andre Marhold's layup with 11:37 left. The lead changed hands three more times, the last on Mike Powell's free throw make for the Rams with 1:22 left for a 59-58 lead.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.