Duquesne (14-7, 4-4) improved to 10-1 at home as it defeated La Salle (5-13, 1-6) 87-60 tonight at Palumbo Center.
Senior guard Derrick Colter led the Dukes and court in scoring a career high-tying 27 points. Senior guard Micah Mason added 14 points and a career-high 10 assists. Junior forward L.G. Gill contributed 12 points, while sophomore forward Eric James netted 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in helping the Dukes to break even in Atlantic 10 play.
“We just knew going into the game that we had to rebound and we’ve been getting outrebounded the last few games so we knew we had to rebound and push it,” James said.
Head coach Jim Ferry praised James’ defensive presence.
“I thought [James] did a fantastic job on Price, who’s one of the best players in the league with his length and his quickness,” Ferry said. “He’s just really aggressively attacking the offensive glass and rebounding for his defense. A big key of success was the way he played tonight.”
Junior guard Jordan Price led the Explorers with 21 points.
The Dukes, who shot 46 percent, hit 11-straight shots over a seven minute span to gain a 29-point lead with one minute left, according to goduquesne.com.
Duquesne outrebounded La Salle 54-37 and assisted on 21 of 32 field goals. The Dukes finished 13-of-30 from the arc, led by Mason’s four 3-pointers.
Duquesne travels to St. Louis to face Saint Louis University (8-11, 3-4) on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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