Freshman Samir Doughty had career highs of 23 points and nine assists and VCU defeated Duquesne 94-87 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight win.
Mo Alie-Cox added 18 points, Justin Tillman 16, Jonathan Williams 13 and Jequan Lewis 11 points and seven assists for the Rams (12-3, 2-0 Atlantic 10), now 5-0 against the Dukes (8-7, 1-1).
Tillman scored 12 points in the first half with VCU leading 37-33. Doughty scored 17 in the second. VCU shot over 50 percent in the first half, over 60 percent in the second and had a season-high 24 assists.
Mike Lewis II scored a career-high 23 points, Emile Blackman added 19 and Rene Castro 12 for the Dukes, whose four-game win streak ended.
Doughty’s bucket with 5:53 left put VCU up 76-65 and the lead stayed in double figures until the Dukes scored the final eight points in the remaining 30 seconds.