PITTSBURGH -- Ovie Soko scored a career-best 29 points and Duquesne held on to defeat Fordham 87-81 in an Atlantic Ten Conference opener Wednesday night.
Duquesne (8-5, 1-0) jumped out to a 48-35 lead at the break and opened the second half with a 7-0 run to go up by 20. Fordham made three 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to cut the deficit to 77-74 with 2:21 remaining. Duquesne made all 10 of its points in the final 1:53 from the free throw line, and the Rams six free-throws and final layup weren't enough to push ahead.
Both teams finished with 45 rebounds and 19 assists.
Jon Severe led the Rams with a career-high 32 points after making 7 of 12 from distance. Fordham (7-7, 0-1) finished 16 of 41 on 3-pointers. Branden Frazier and Mandell Thomas added 15 points each and combined for eight makes from 3-point range.
Mike Krzyzewski says he has good reason to be excited for next season thanks to a combination of Duke's incoming freshmen and a core of experienced upperclassmen.
Georgia guard Juwan Parker has been awarded a medical redshirt, leaving him with two years of eligibility, after missing the 2015-16 season with a partially torn Achilles tendon.
Forward Trevon Bluiett has withdrawn from consideration from the NBA draft and will return to Xavier for his junior season.