Three to be Inducted to the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame
Oct. 23, 2008
PITTSBURGH - New Orleans Hornets guard Mike James (basketball, 1995-98), the quarterback who led the Dukes to their first two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League titles, Dave Loya (football, 1994-97) along with former rifle coach Dave Cramer (head coach, 1974-04) comprise the 2008-09 Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame class announced today.
James, Loya and Cramer will be honored at a banquet on Friday night, Nov. 14 as part of the men's and women's basketball season opening doubleheader (women vs. Morehead State at 6:00 p.m. followed by the men against High Point). The newly inducted class will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the men's game and will also be recognized at halftime of the Nov. 15 football season finale vs. Monmouth. James, who has a game on the 14th, will not be able to attend the weekend ceremonies.
James, a 1997-98 first team All-Atlantic 10 guard, is in his eighth National Basketball Association season. James' NBA tenure is the third-longest by any Duquesne player. Only former Dukes Norm Nixon (10 years) and Sihugo Green (nine years) spent more time in the NBA. James, believed to be the only undrafted player in NBA history to average more than 20 points per game when he posted a 20.3 ppg. scoring average for the Toronto Raptors in 2006, led Duquesne in steals and assists as a sophomore, junior and senior. He finished his career tenth on Duquesne's all-time scoring list with 1,411 points.
Loya, currently receivers coach for the Dukes, played a key role in Duquesne's rise to prominence at the I-AA Mid-Major level in guiding the Dukes to MAAC titles in 1995 and 1996. The North Versailles, Pa. native led the Dukes to their first bowl appearance - the 1995 ECAC Bowl - since the program's heyday (1937 Orange Bowl) in going 30-7 as a starter. Duquesne won a school record 19 consecutive games in 1995 and 1996 with Loya at the helm. Loya, the first "modern era" quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in a season, finished his career as the holder of 13 of a possible 15 passing records.
Dave Cramer finished his career with the longest tenure of any coach or administrator in Duquesne athletics history at 30 years. He took over a struggling program in the mid-1970s and led the Dukes to a No. 17 ranking by the NCAA Rifle Coaches Association in 1996. He also produced a pair of NCAA Rifle Championship qualifiers. The Pennsylvania native, who was raised near Indiana, Pa., was an NRA Intercollegiate All-American for the Indiana, Pa. rifle team. He was an elite shooter on numerous national championship teams and two Pan American Games teams.
Tickets to the Nov. 14 banquet, to be held in new Power Center Ballroom, are available by contacting Bryan Colonna with the Duquesne Athletic Fund at 412-396-5927 or colonna770@ duq.edu.
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY SPORTS HALL OF FAME