CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- For more than 15 minutes, Duquesne hung with 24th-ranked Xavier. Then Romain Sato and David West took over.
Sato scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and West added 16 and 14 as the Musketeers pulled away from the Dukes, 93-58, in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup.
It was the Musketeers' largest conference victory since a 104-67 triumph over LaSalle on January 7, 1998.
Duquesne was tied with Xavier (13-4, 4-1 A-10 West), 33-33, after a basket by Bryant McAllister with 4:55 remaining in the first half.
But Sato made a layup with 4:29 left to commence an 8-0 run, and the Musketeers took a 46-35 lead into the break. Sato scored six points during the burst.
The Musketeers, who improved to 36-3 at the Cintas Center, extended their advantage to 60-40 with just over 12 minutes remaining and 77-46 on a 3-pointer by Sato with 7:54 left.
All five starters reached double figures for Xavier, which won its season high-tying fourth straight game, including Anthony Miles, who scored a career-high 16 points. The Musketeers shot just 44 percent (28-of-63) but limited the Dukes (7-11, 1-4) to 37 percent (22-of-60).
Xavier made 31-of-38 free throws to Duquesne's 12-of-18 performance.
The Musketeers also outscored the Dukes in the paint, 38-22, and converted 17 turnovers into 21 points. Duquesne scored only four points off seven Xavier giveaways.
Ron Dokes scored 16 points - just two in the second half - to pace Duquesne, which lost its fifth straight meeting against Xavier and 12th in 14 matchups since becoming conference rivals in 1995.