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Duquesne Basketball Gets Back On Track With Win Over UMass

After following an 11-game winning streak with consecutive losses to St. Bonaventure and Xavier, the Duquesne men's basketball team got back on track Wednesday night by beating UMass, 81-63. The Dukes had five players in double figures. Bill Clark had 16 points. Damian Saunders had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jesse Morgan had 14 points off the bench to lead UMass. The game was never terribly close - the Dukes led by 13 points at halftime. The Post-Gazette notes that the Dukes' 17 steals tied a team record.

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Duquesne badly needs to keep winning to have a shot at winning an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. The Dukes' upcoming schedule includes Dayton (this Saturday at noon), Rhode Island, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure and Richmond, with Rhode Island and Richmond ranking among the tougher of those games. Xavier currently leads the Atlantic 10 with a 10-1 conference record. Duquesne, Temple and Richmond are right behind at 9-2. The Dukes are 17-7 overall.

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