PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Shawn James scored 20 points and freshman Bill Clark had his first career double-double to lead Duquesne to an 84-66 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Sunday.
Kojo Mensah added 14 points, Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Kieron Achara added 12 points and Gary Tucker contributed 10 as Duquesne (9-3) won its third in a row and extended its best start in 28 years.The Dukes' three losses have come in consecutive games against Drake, No. 6 Pittsburgh and No. 23 West Virginia, teams with a combined record of 31-4.Nick Schneiders scored 13 points for the Spartans (2-11), while Bobby Davis and Gabor Boros each contributed 11 and Mezie Uzochukwu had 10 points and 11 rebounds.Duquesne held a 41-31 halftime lead after turning an eight-point deficit into a 16-point lead with 2:39 remaining in the first half. The Dukes opened the second half on a 6-0 run to go up 47-31.South Carolina Upstate used an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 47-40 but could get no closer. Clark hit three 3-pointers over the final 11:30 and Duquesne maintained a double-digit lead after James' driving layup with 13:26 left gave the Dukes a 57-46 advantage.James added nine rebounds and three blocks for Duquesne, which outrebounded South Carolina Upstate 40-35. James now has 54 blocks on the season.