ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Melquan Bolding had 23 points to lead five Duquesne players in double figures in the Dukes' 91-81 victory over Massachusetts in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Wednesday night.
Aaron Jackson added 18 points and seven assists for the Dukes (19-11), who advanced past the first round for just the second time in their last 13 trips to the A-10 tournament. Bolding contributed a career-high 13 rebounds.
No. 7 seed Duquesne will play second-seeded Rhode Island at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a quarterfinal game.
Chris Lowe had 23 points and Anthony Gurley scored 22 for UMass (12-18), which has lost eight straight A-10 tournament games. Ricky Harris added 17 and Tony Gaffney had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Minutemen.
Duquesne, which led by as many as 19 points in the first half, broke open a tight game in the second half with an 11-2 run that was capped by Erik Evans' four-point play that gave the Dukes a 73-66 lead with 5:22 left.