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.
Amin Elhassan and Myron Medcalf break down how Jamal Murray will fit with Emmanuel Mudiay in Denver.
Amin Elhassan and Myron Medcalf break down the Kris Dunn being drafted by Minnesota.
The NBA draft is live now (ESPN & WatchESPN), and trade talk is picking up. Chad Ford dishes his latest intel on how the draft will go and which teams will make deals.