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Big Second Half Leads Duquesne to 75-63 Win Over LaSalle



The Duquesne Men’s Basketball Team got back into the win column with a 75-63 victory over La Salle Wednesday night at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Duquesne (17-11/7-8 Atlantic 10) was led by Jimmy Clark III’s 22 points and eight assists against one turnover. The eight assists match a season best which Clark had twice set.

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Dusan Mahorcic scored 13 points, his highest total against an NCAA Division I opponent this season.

The Dukes bench overwhelmed the Explorers by a 33-6 count.

La Salle (14-15/5-11 A-10) saw Daeshon Shepherd net 17 points, taking top honors for the Explorers. Khalil Brantley recorded 14 points and seven rebounds and Tunde Vahlberg Fasasi 10.

Duquesne opened up to a 6-2 advantage, before La Salle settled in on a 7-2 run with each of its three baskets coming with an assist.

Clark’s aggression returned in the first half and Mahorcic would be a beneficiary as the pair connected for a trio of passes leading to scores.

Jakub Necas was a bright spot off the bench for the Dukes in the first half as well as he put up five points in his first three minutes on the floor. Necas pursued rebounds and finished out plays.

La Salle’s athleticism won the first half as it shot 53.6% to Duquesne’s 43.3%. Though the Dukes bench had a nine-point advantage, the Explorers consistently displayed a knack for finding the timely play and open player.

At halftime, La Salle was in front of the Dukes 34-31.

Mahorcic picked up where he left off immediately in the second half and it set the tone as Duquesne resumed a 14-2 run.

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When Dae Dae Grant connected for a three-point basket, La Salle coach Fran Dunphy hit his hand off the scorer’s table and his head also went down.

A Clark three just under six minutes into the second half, gave Duquesne its first double-digit advantage.

La Salle would cut the deficit to six points, but Clark again connected with Mahorcic and when Fousseyni Drame grabbed an offensive rebound, and his basket restored the advantage to 10.

Jake DiMichele made a contribution with a block at the end of La Salle’s shot clock and was rewarded when Kareem Rozier found him for a high finish.

DiMichele also tracked down a loose ball, calling a timeout midair as his teammates applauded.

Duquesne, winners of three of its last four games, continues its A-10 slate with two on the road, first Saturday at George Mason at 2 p.m. in a contest carried by ESPN+.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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