Clark Grand in 103-82 Win Over La Salle

Feb. 14, 2010

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PITTSBURGH - Bill Clark scored a career-high 34 points - including the 1,000th of his career - as Duquesne (13-12, 4-7) topped the 100-point mark for the first time this season in pulling away for a 103-82 win over outmanned La Salle at the Palumbo Center.

It was the first time the home team has won in the series since 2006.

Melquan Bolding went 13-of-15 from the foul line in scoring 24 points and Damian Saunders had 13 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and three steals for Duquesne.

Rodney Green paced La Salle, which had just eight players in uniform due to injuries, with 27 points.

Duquesne, which opened the game making wholesale lineup changes every few minutes in an effort to wear down the Explorers, fell behind 41-27 with 7:41 to go in the half. It was then that the Dukes went on an 18-4 run, fueled by eight points from Clark, to tie it at 45-45 on a Damian Saunders 3-pointer with 2:46 to go. DU took its first lead on a Jason Duty free throw two minutes later before La Salle tied it at 49-49 at the half.

Duquesne led 71-66 before Bolding started a 15-3 run with a three-point play at the 11:40 mark of the second half. La Salle, which finished with a season-high 28 turnovers, turned it over five times during the run which ended on a Sean Johnson steal and layup that made it 86-67 with 7:45 left. The DU lead would not drop below 16 the rest of the way.

Duquesne, which came into the game averaging 68.6 points per game scored its 69th point just over six minutes into the second half. The Dukes topped the 100-point mark on a Johnson dunk with 1:59 left.

"I think the tone was set by the way we started the game," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "We had guys flying around and giving us a lot of energy. We desperately needed to win one of these kind of games. Our guys played well and had their legs down the stretch."

Clark, who scored 17 points in each half, was 11-of-14 from the field. His four 3-pointers were his most since he hit six against Pittsburgh on Nov. 2. Bolding's 24 points were two shy of his career high.

Duquesne shot 55.9 percent in outscoring La Salle 54-33 in the second half. "One day, one night, we were going to shoot the ball well and have one of those nights," said Everhart. "Today was that day."

Duquesne hits the road to face Charlotte (18-6, 8-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by CBS College Sports.


Bill Clark - who finished with a career-high 34 points - joined teammate Damian Saunders in the Duquesne 1,000-point club with a 3-pointer 12 seconds into the second half ... Saunders, who topped the 1,000-point mark on Thursday against UMass, has 1,014 career points ... Clark now has 1,016 ... Clark eclipsed his previous career high of 25 set at Western Carolina on Nov. 25, with a pair of free throws at the 15:57 mark of the second half.

• Saunders, who entered the weekend ranked third nationally with 17 double-doubles, finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 steals in 33 minutes ... his 18 double-doubles are the most by a Duquesne player since Bruce Atkins had 22 in 1980-81.

• This was the first time since an 84-61 La Salle win at Philadelphia on Jan. 4, 2006 that the home team won (La Salle won three in row in Pittsburgh and Duquesne three in a row in Philadelphia) ... Everhart's Duquesne teams have topped the 100-point mark seven times in his four seasons ... three have come against La Salle.

• La Salle is playing without three members of its regular rotation in senior forward Yves Mekongo (fractured finger) and senior guards Kimmani Barrett (our 6-8 weeks with fractured foot) and senior Ruben Guillandeaux (out for season with stress fracture in his foot) ... the trio has 2,839 career points.




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