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Duquesne men chasing 5th straight win

Paul Schofield
| Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 6:09 p.m.
Pitt's Shamiel Stevenson takes the ball from Duquesne's Rydus Verhoeven  in the second half Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt's Shamiel Stevenson takes the ball from Duquesne's Rydus Verhoeven in the second half Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena.

The Duquesne men's basketball team will be looking for a fifth consecutive victory under first-year coach Keith Dambrot when the Dukes host North Carolina A&T at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Palumbo Center.

Duquesne (6-3) is coming off a 73-49 victory against winless Mississippi Valley State, which is ranked 351 in the College Basketball Power Index, the worst ranking in NCAA Division I.

Maryland-Eastern Shore, which Duquesne defeated to start the current streak, is ranked 349, and Delaware State, which the Dukes beat Dec. 9, is ranked 347.

Duquesne is ranked 351 in strength of schedule. North Carolina A&T is 5-4.

The Dukes' weak early-season schedule is by design. The first 10 opponents finished with records below .500 and Pitt was the lone Power 5 opponent.

Dambrot, who has five talented transfers on the bench this season, said earlier this season he is trying to develop a winning attitude with the young team he has playing.

He said the nonconference games are to build for A-10 Conference play.

After Sunday's game, the Dukes host Lamar (8-1) on Tuesday before heading to Las Vegas on Dec. 22 and 23 to play San Francisco (5-3) and Southern Illinois (5-4). They open the conference schedule Dec. 30 at home against Dayton (4-5).

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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