BOONE, N.C. - Jerry Jones scored a career high 22 points and freshman Quevyn Winters added a big 3-pointer and rebound in the last minute to lead Duquesne to a 73-72 win at Appalachian State.
The win, Duquesne's first on the road this season, evened the Dukes' record at 3-3. Appalachian State dropped its fifth in a row to fall to 1-5.
Appalachian State, which trailed by as many as 19 in the first half, took a 70-68 lead on a Michael Obacha layup with 47 seconds left before Winters, who finished with 9 points - all on 3-pointers, answered with a 3-pointer to give the Dukes a one-point lead. Winters then rebounded a Tab Hamilton miss and got the ball to Jerry Jones who hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left.
Jay Canty, who finished with 15 points and 10 assists, scored on a put back with 5 seconds left. Jerry Jones was then fouled and missed both, but Kadeem Pantophlet - who had a career-high 7 rebounds - kept the ball alive long enough for Appalachian State not to get off a shot as time expired.
"That was a great gut-check win for us," said Duquesne coach Jim Ferry. "The same inconsistency we've seen game to game, we saw in the same game. But we were able to grind it out and come up with some big stops late - with three freshmen on the floor."
Nathan Healy led Appalachian State with 21 points, Hamilton finished with 19. Pantophlet was the only other Duquesne player in double figures with 11. Freshman Derrick Colter, who went 1-of-9 from the field, had 7 assists and 1 turnover.
Duquesne jumped out to a 47-33 halftime lead behind 15 points from Jerry Jones who hit 6 of his first 7 shots. Four Dukes hit a 3-pointer as DU went 7-of-12 from the arc in the first 20 minutes.
DU took a 47-28 lead on a Winters 3-pointer with 1:58 left in the half. App State finished the half with a 5-0 run and opened the second with a 9-0 spurt to make it 47-42 with 16:15 left. The Mountaineers tied it with just over 11 minutes left. There were four ties and eight lead changes before Winters hit his final 3-pointer.
Duquesne, which shot 50 percent in scoring a season-high 47 first half points, shot 31 percent including 2-of-14 from the 3-point arc in the second half.
Appalachian State, which shot 43.8 percent in the first half, shot 57.7 percent in the second.
DU outrebounded App St. 39-30 and outscored the Mountaineers 34-16 in the paint.
Duquesne hosts Maine on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Duquesne's win evened the series at 1-1 ... this was just the third home loss in non-conference play in the past three seasons for Appalachian State ... this is just the second time the Mountaineers have lost back-to-back home games under third-year head coach Jason Capel ... App State is now 111-54 all time at Holmes Center.
Jerry Jones, who scored 15 points in the first half, finished with a career-high 22 ... his previous career best was 19 against Houston Baptist last season ... Jones went 8-of-10 from the field.
Kadeem Pantophlet's 7 rebounds were one more than his previous career best of six (done twice, the last of which came in DU's win over Youngstown State on Nov. 21)
DU's 47 first half points were a season high.
There were 9 ties and 11 lead changes in the game ... DU's largest lead was 19 (47-28 with 1:41 left in the first half) ... App State's largest lead was 3 (61-58 with 7:00 left in the second half).