Duquesne won its fourth straight game on Wednesday night with a 66-62 victory over La Salle to improve to 5-1 in Atlantic-10 play.
The victory, combined with VCU’s loss to George Washington, brought the Rams and Dukes into first-place tie at the top of the A-10 with matching 5-1 records.
The Dukes overcame a bit of a slow start, as the Explorers led by seven at the end of the first half, but came out on fire in the second half, using a 9-1 run in third quarter to close the gap, and Julijana Vojinovic made a pair of free throws with just over a minute left to finally seal the victory.
Duquesne turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, holding LaSalle to 8 of 27 from the floor (29.6 percent).
Vojinovic led the Dukes in points (13), rebounds (nine) and assists (three). Libby Bazelak had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Lass finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
The Dukes had a rough night shooting from the outside, finishing 4 of 22 from 3-point range (18.2 percent). Forward Paige Cannon, who was 1 for 2 from beyond the arc, was the only Duquesne shooter above 25 percent from long range.
They were able to make some amends at the free-throw line, where they finished 16 of 22. Bazelak was a team-best 6 of 6 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, LaSalle was a dismal 6 of 16 from the foul line.
Rayshel Brown led the Explorers with 14 points. Shalina Miller had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Dukes will return to A.J. Palumbo Center on Sunday, when they host George Washington at 2 p.m.