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No. 20 UMass 74, Duquesne 68

February 11, 1998

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Lari Ketner had 23 points and eight rebounds and No. 20 Massachusetts overcame foul trouble to two starters to beat Duquesne 74-68 Tuesday night.

The Minutemen (18-6, 10-1 Atlantic 10), who have won 12 of their last 13 games, also tied a league record by posting their ninth consecutive season with at least 10 conference wins. Temple set the mark from 1983-84 to 1991-92.

Mike James led Duquesne with 20 points, while Nick Bosnic had 16 and Kevin Price 15. Kevin Shand had 11 rebounds for the Dukes (10-14, 4-7), who have lost their last 11 games against Massachusetts.

Starting forward Mike Babul of the Minutemen played only three minutes in the second half after picking up his fourth foul and Tyrone Weeks, the other forward, was limited to seven minutes after he got his fourth personal in the first minute of the second half.

Charlton Clarke scored 16 points for the Minutemen and was 3-of-6 from 3-point range, including two key 3s in the last 10 minutes. Reserve guard Jonathan DePina had seven assists in 24 minutes.

The Dukes led by seven points six minutes into the second half but Massachusetts went on a 19-9 run over the next nine minutes to go ahead 61-58. The Dukes came back to take a one-point lead before Clarke hit a 3-pointer with 3:13 left to put the Minutemen ahead to stay.

Monty Mack scored 15 points for Massachusetts, which remains unbeaten in six road conference games and has won 22 of its last 24 league road games.

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