La Salle would begin to build momentum over the final minutes of the half, closing the first half on a 14-4 run to head to the locker room leading 35-30.
Steve Zack, who leads the A-10 in double-doubles, would record 9 points and 5 rebounds in the half, while Tyreek Duren scored 9 points as well. After making just 5 of their first 15 shots from the field, the Explorers finished the half having shot 46.4 percent, including making 5 shots from beyond the arc.
Colter would lead the way for the Dukes in the first half, scoring 12 points, while Dominique McKoy scored 8 points to go along with 7 rebounds. La Salle did not let the Dukes get to the line much in the first half, as Duquesne shot just two free throws, a bad sign for a team that scores 25 percent of their points at the free throw line.
The Explorers’ momentum would carry over to the second half, as they continued to build their lead, heading to a media timeout up 42-33 with 15:08 remaining. La Salle would maintain control, taking a 55-40 lead midway through the half, as Duren scored 8 consecutive points for the Explorers.
Continuing to build upon their lead, the Explorers cruised in the end to a 75-56 win, improving to 9-6 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.
Tyreek Duren led the way for the Explorers in their third consecutive win, scoring 23 points and dishing out 6 assists. Tyrone Garland added 17 points for La Salle, while center Steve Zack recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Dukes would begin to work their way to the free throw line in the second half, finishing the game with exactly a quarter of their points from the charity stripe, but with improved shooting by the Explorers, they found themselves unable to make up ground.
Dominique McKoy finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss for Duquesne, while Derrick Colter and Ovie Soko finished with 12 points apiece.
La Salle will return to action on Wednesday, when they welcome the 9-8 Rhode Island Rams to Tom Gola Arena.
By: Kyle Babcock
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