Clark's career day leads Duquesne to win over LaSalle
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Duquesne coach Ron Everhart thinks Bill Clark potentially can be the best 3-point shooter in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
On Sunday, Clark showed why, scoring a career-high 34 points to power Duquesne to a 103-82 victory over injury-depleted La Salle at Palumbo Center. It was the Dukes' largest margin of victory in an A-10 game this season.
"I believed Bill was going to come back and have a day like (this), and he's going to continue to have days like this if he just quits thinking about it and goes and plays," Everhart said. "The way he released it, the way he shot it, just the way he played, it was like: 'Hey, welcome back, Bill. It's nice to see you.'"
Clark entered the game making 37.6 percent of his field-goal attempts and just 23.8 from 3-point range after ranking among the league-leaders last season.
Against La Salle, he was 11 for 14 overall and 4 for 7 from behind the 3-point line. He became the 34th player in Duquesne history to reach 1,000 career points. Damian Saunders reached the mark on Thursday against Massachusetts.
"I'm happy to be a part of it," Clark said of the 1,000 club.
Melquan Bolding added 24 points, Saunders notched his 18th double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and B.J. Monteiro scored 12 points for Duquesne (13-12, 4-7), which moved past La Salle (11-13, 3-7) in the A-10 standings.
Duquesne's win may have come at a cost. Starting point guard Eric Evans played just eight minutes because of a lower-back injury suffered in a nasty fall in front of the La Salle bench in the first half.
Everhart said he wouldn't know the extent of the injury until after the sophomore from Detroit was x-rayed today.
La Salle had its own injury concerns as it was without three seniors - Yves Mekongo (11.4 ppg.), who underwent surgery Friday to repair a fractured finger and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks; Kimmani Barrett (broken foot); and Ruben Guillandeaux (stress fracture).
Duquesne, using a 10-man rotation, forced La Salle to commit 28 turnovers, and three of the Explorers' eight available players fouled out.
"With 28 turnovers, you're rarely going to win," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
Duquesne, 4-4 in its past eight games, bolstered its chances for an A-10 Tournament playoff berth with the victory.
Everhart took a familiar approach to the game for the first time this season, alternating two entirely different lineups, similar to years past.
"We tried to shake it up a little bit early," Everhart said. "We tried to get our guys to get some energy. We hadn't practiced much like that. I thought we did a good job getting the ball up and down the floor, creating some turnovers."
Duquesne visits Charlotte (18-6, 8-2) on Wednesday.
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