NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) – The Duquesne Dukes men’s basketball team is off to their best conference start in school history. The Dukes 91-72 win over Fordham on Wednesday night extended the their winning streak to nine, the school’s longest in three decades.

The win keeps Duquesne (14-5, 6-0) tied atop the Atlantic 10 conference with Xavier.

The Dukes were led by senior forward Bill Clark, he scored 23 points with five rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Clark was helped out by teammates T.J. McConnell and Damian Sanders. McConnell and Sanders both had double-doubles. McConnell had 14 points and 10 assists and Damian Saunders added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The winning streak is the school’s longest since the 1971-72 season.

The Dukes, who made nine of their first 11 shots against Fordham, used a 12-0 run to take a 22-9 lead and they were up 45-36 at halftime. Their biggest lead was 88-66 with 2:23 to play.

Freshman Branden Frazier had 19 points for the Rams (6-12, 0-6), who lost their eighth straight overall and their 32nd straight in conference play. Their last league win was a 67-65 victory over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 28, 2009.

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