Duquesne tops S.C. Upstate 79-69

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COLUMBIA, S.C.(AP)—Damian Saunders scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Duquesne past South Carolina-Upstate 79-69 on Tuesday night.

The Dukes are off to a 4-0 start for the second consecutive year. Last year, Duquesne opened 6-0 - its best start in 28 years - en route to posting the school’s first winning record in 14 years at 17-13.

Leading 44-40 at halftime, the Dukes scored the first five points of the second half. The Spartans (0-4), trying for their first win of the season, scored the next 11 points to cut the lead to 51-49, but could get no closer.

Jason Duty chipped in 17 points for Duquesne and Aaron Jackson was a triple threat with 15 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.

Bobby Davis led the Spartans with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting while De’Marion Gordon added 11.

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Damian Saunders Damian Saunders
7-12,  20 Pts
12 Rebs, 1 Assists
 South Carolina Upstate
Bobby Davis Bobby Davis
10-14,  24 Pts
6 Rebs, 4 Assists

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