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Duquesne's Saunders again named A-10 player of week

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Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009

Duquesne University junior forward Damian Saunders today was named Atlantic 10 conference co-player of the week for a second consecutive time to start the season.

Saunders registered his second double-double in as many games, getting 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 52-50 victory at Iowa on Tuesday in the first round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

It was Duquesne's first-ever victory in 10 games at Big Ten Conference arenas.

Saunders also had three blocks and tied a career-high with six steals against the Hawkeyes.

He opened the year with 17 points and 19 rebounds in Duquesne's 85-62 victory over Nicholls State on Nov. 13.

Saunders shares this week's award with Xavier sophomore guard Jordan Crawford.

Duquesne (2-0) continues play in the tournament on Monday at a sub-regional site in Cullowhee, N.C., against Binghamton (1-2) in the first of three games on successive days. The Dukes will face Division II Arkansas-Monticello on Tuesday and sub-regional round host Western Carolina on Wednesday.

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