La Salle coach John Giannini gestures toward an official during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 men's tournament, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kathy Willens
March 09, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Jordan Price scored 36 points, one short of his career high, to lead last-place La Salle to an 88-73 victory over Duquesne in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Wednesday night.

The 14th-seeded Explorers (9-21) advance to play No. 6 seed Davidson on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

Price set a school record for points in the A-10 tournament, breaking the mark of 28 he matched in last season's second-round victory against Massachusetts. The junior also moved into 41st on the school's career scoring list passing, among others, Joe ''Jelly Bean'' Bryant, Kobe's father.

Micah Mason scored 26 for 11th-seeded Duquesne (16-16), which has lost nine of its last 10.

Price made three consecutive 3s early in the second to put La Salle up 54-46. Cleon Roberts made a steal and layup with 3:23 left to make it 74-62.

Roberts added 18 points for the Explorers.

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