The lead changed hands seven times until L.G. Gill hit a 3-pointer to give Duquesne (8-8, 1-3) a 27-26 lead and the Dukes led 31-27 at halftime. Duquesne shot 38.2 percent from the field in the half to 33.3 percent for VCU.
Reddic put the Rams back in front 36-35 with a layup in the second half and VCU pulled ahead on a 10-1 run. Johnson's back-to-back treys sparked a 13-2 run, and the Rams led 71-52 with 3:13 to play and stayed ahead.