- Lamar Stevens scored a game-high 25 points and Penn State (6-5) hit six free throws in the final 5.2 seconds to defeat Duquesne 73-67 at PPG Paints Arena.
Eric Williams Jr.
scored 21 points and freshman Sincere Carry
added 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals for the Dukes (8-3), who saw their four-game win streak come to an end.
Six-eight center Michael Hughes
, who missed DU's past three games due to a knee injury, added 10 points (8-of-8 from the foul line) in 15 minutes off the bench.
Duquesne tied it at 67-67 on a pair of Williams Jr. free throws with 10.2 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, Stevens drove the lane and made contact with Duquesne's Michael Hughes
. Hughes was whistled for a blocking foul. DU head coach Keith Dambrot
was then assessed a pair of technical fouls.
PSU's Rasir Bolton, who finished with 16 points, converted the four technical free throws and Stevens followed with two more makes from the original call for the final margin.
Penn State took its first lead since the 4:29 mark of the first half on a Trent Buttrick field goal that made it 47-45 with 11:35 left.
Stevens, who had 21 in the second half, gave the Nittany Lions their largest lead at 55-49 lead on 3-pointer.
Duquesne, which opened the second half 1-of-13, pulled to within one on a Tavian Dunn-Martin
steal and three-point play with just under seven minutes to go.
followed with a pair of free throws to put the Dukes up 56-55. Williams Jr. was then fouled on a putback and converted a three-point play of his own to make it 59-55 Duquesne.
Stevens scored five of Penn State's next seven points to give the Nittany Lions a one-point lead.
There were two more ties and a pair of lead changes before Stevens made it 67-65 on a jumper with 1:53 left.
Duquesne, which led 39-32 at the half, went 4-of-20 from the field and 20-of-21 from the foul line in the second 20 minutes. DU maintained its lead until the 11:35 mark despite not converting its first field goal until Michael Hughes
hit a jump hook with 14:20 to go.
The Dukes shot 35.6 percent, while Penn State finished at 40.7 percent. PSU outrebounded DU 41-32, including a 28-16 margin in the second half. The Nittany Lions turned 15 second-half offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points.
Duquesne returns to the Palumbo Center to face Eastern Kentucky (6-5) on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2:00 p.m. (ESPN+). The EKU game will be DU's last prior to Christmas.
- The Dukes saw their nonconference home win streak snapped at 13 and home win streak ended at eight. DU is now 15-3 in nonconference home games under Keith Dambrot.
- Freshman Sincere Carry, who entered the game ranked sixth nationally in steals per game, had six steals. The six steals were most by a Duquesne player since Eric Evans had six in a win over the University of the District of Columbia on Nov. 18, 2011. They were the most by a freshman since T.J. McConnell had six vs. Charlotte on Jan. 22, 2011.
- Duquesne's 29 free throws made (29-of-32) were a PPG Paints Arena record.
- Duquesne's largest lead was the halftime margin of seven (39-32) ... Penn State's largest lead was six at 55-49 with 7:12 left ... there were 11 ties and 15 lead changes ... Duquesne led for 22:06 ... Penn State led for 12:43 ... the game was tied for 5:10.