Duquesne Men Open Atlantic 10 Play Wednesday vs. Saint Joseph's
Jan. 2, 2012
GAME 15 / SAINT JOSEPH'S (10-4, 0-0) at DUQUESNE (9-5, 0-0)
Duquesne (9-5), coming off a 118-72 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday, opens Atlantic 10 play against one of the league's early-season surprises in Saint Joseph's (10-4). The Hawks, picked to finish seventh in the A-10 coaches preseason poll, own wins over schools from the ACC (Georgia Tech, 66-53), Big East (Villanova, 74-58), Big Ten (Penn State, 65-47) as well as a win over No. 19 (AP) Creighton (80-71).
Duquesne, who was picked to finish ninth in the A-10 preseason poll, is 18-16 in Atlantic 10 openers, including a 3-2 mark under Ron Everhart ... when opening the A-10 season at home, the Dukes are 12-5.
This is the fourth consecutive season Duquesne is entering the new year with nine wins (9-5 this year, 9-5 last year, 9-4 in 2008-09 & 9-3 in 2007-08) .... the last time DU had nine wins through December prior to 2007-08 was 1968-69 when the Dukes were 9-1 on January 1.
DU, which lost 15 of 16 to Saint Joseph's prior to Ron Everhart's arrival, is 3-3 vs. the Hawks under Everhart ... DU ended a nine-game road losing streak to SJU with a 75-63 A-10 opening win last year at Hagan Arena ... Saint Joe's returned the favor with a 93-90 OT win in the second Round of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship.
The Dukes have started five different lineups in their past five games ... ten players have started at least once and nine are averaging double-digit minutes.
Duquesne has assisted on 51 of 75 field goals (68%) in its past two games.
Duquesne senior swingman B.J. Monteiro, who was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (Jan. 2) after averaging 26.0 points, 11.0 rebounds 4.0 assists in wins over Bowling Green and Houston Baptist, will miss approximately 2-4 games while recovering from injuries from an off-the-court incident. Monteiro received stitches in both his left hand and chin as the result of being inadvertently hit by an object on New Year's Eve.
B.J. Monteiro became the 35th member of Duquesne's 1,000-Point Club with the first of two free throws with 15:40 left in the first half against Houston Baptist (Dec. 31). Ron Everhart has coached five 1,000-point scorers at DU: Bill Clark (1,628), Damian Saunders (1,511), Aaron Jackson (1,428), Keiron Achara (1,240) and Monteiro (1,021). Fellow senior Eric Evans enters the SJU game with 915 points. Monteiro has scored in double-digits a team career high 51 times in 107 games.
The Dukes, who led the nation is assists (17.8), steals (9.9) and turnover margin (+6.7) last season are averaging 16.9 assists (15th nationally) and 8.4 steals (42nd nationally) ... their +7.1 turnover margin ranks second in NCAA Division I .
DU owns three wins over teams that made NCAA Tournament apperances last season: 81-76 vs. Akron at Valparaiso, Ind., 66-59 over Penn State at CONSOL Energy Center and 75-64 at George Mason. In all, eight of DU's non-conference opponents made a post-season appearance last year: Arizona (L), Akron (W), Pitt (L), Penn State (W) and George Mason (W) all played in the NCAA tournament while Valparaiso (L), Tennessee Tech (W) and Western Michigan (L) all appeared in the College Insider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).
Two of DU's five losses have come to ranked teams: 67-59 at No. 16 (AP) Arizona and 80-69 to No. 17 (AP) Pitt at CONSOL Energy Center (neutral-site).
The Dukes, who finished tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10 last season with a 10-6 record, were picked to finish ninth in a preseason poll of league coaches. Duquesne has exceeded its predicted Atlantic 10 finish in four of five seasons under Ron Everhart.
Eight players scored in double digits in Duquesne's first six games ... six have scored 15 or more ... DU has had at least four double-digit scorers in eight of 14 games (DU is 7-1 in those games).
Duquensne has shot better than 50 percent sixtimes and posted 20 or more assists four times this season (with a season-high 27 on 44 field goals against Houston Baptist) ... four regulars are shooting 50 percent or better: Jerry Jones (.600), T.J. McConnell (.526), Andre Marhold (.518) and B.J. Monteiro (.512). Sean Johnson is at .497.
Under Ron Everhart, Duquesne is ... 86-38 when scoring 70 or more points ... 42-6 when shooting 50 percent or better ... 38-10 when forcing 20 or more turnovers ... 80-12 when leading with 5:00 left.
The Dukes are 8-1 when scoring 70 or more this season.
HOUSTON BAPTIST LEFTOVERS: Notes from Duquesne's 118-72 win over Houston Baptist on New Year's Eve ... the 118 points were the sixth-highest total of all time and second-most in Palumbo Center history ... the 46-point margin of victory was the most since a 129-59 win over Howard on Nov. 9, 2007 ... DU set season highs for total points, 1st half points (52), 2nd half points (66), field goals made and att. (44-76), field goal pct. (.579), free throws att.(34) and assists (27) ... B.J. Monteiro posted his third career double-double with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds ... he also tied his career high with 5 assists in going over the 1,000 career point mark ... the starting backcourt of Eric Evans and T.J. McConnell combined for 13 assists and 2 turnovers ... McConnell's 9 assists were a game high ... Jerry Jones came off the bench to score a career-high 19 on 8-of-9 shooting ... DU, which finished the first half with nine turnovers, was turnover free for the last 7:54 ... the Dukes, who finished with 12 turnovers, didn't turn it over again until the 13:32 mark of the second half ... DU opened with its fifth different starting lineup in five games: Monteiro, Datt, Johnson, Evans & McConnell.
THE SERIES: Saint Joseph's leads the overall series 35-12, including a 30-10 advantage in A-10 regular season games and 13-8 lead in games at Pittsburgh ... DU, after losing 16 of 17 from 1994 through 2007, has won three of the past five in the series ... the two split last season with Duquesne taking the Atlantic 10 opener for both schools, 75-63 in Philadelphia on Jan. 5 and SJU returning the favor with a 93-90 overtime win in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship on March 11 ... the Hawks had won 10 in a row prior to DU's 102-88 win at the Palumbo Center on Feb. 6, 2008 ... Shawn James had the first triple-double in school history (17-11-10) as DU posted the highest point total by either team in the history of the series ... Aaron Jackson added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists as Duquesne posted its largest margin of victory in the series since a 96-70 win (+26) over SJU in 1990 Atlantic 10 Championship at The Palestra ... DU ended a nine-game losing streak to the Hawks at Philadelphia with the 75-63 win on Jan. 5 of last season ... departed seniors Bill Clark and Damian Saunders combined for 41 points in the win ... in the rematch, Carl Jones scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and overtime to lead No. 12 seed Saint Joseph's over No. 4 seed Duquesne in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championship ... Ronald Roberts added 19 and Idris Hilliard scored 18 for the Hawks who shot 52.5 percent. ... Saunders and Clark led DU with 21 points each ... in the last Palumbo Center meeting, Melquan Bolding (since transferred to Fairleigh-Dickinson) scored 24 points and Saunders had 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks as Duquesne held on for a 74-71 win ... the Dukes won despite missing four of 10 free throws over the final 3:13 ... DU shot 52.8 percent from the field, including 4-of-19 from the 3-point arc ... the Dukes limited Saint Joseph's to 37.9 percent from the field (5-of-21 from the 3-point arc) ... sixth-year DU head coach Ron Everhart is 3-3 against the Hawks ... DU is looking to post three consecutive home wins over the Hawks since 1988 through 1991 (four times).
87.8 PPG. IN THE PAST FIVE: Duquesne, which had lost 16 of 17 games to Saint Joseph's prior to a 102-88 win at the Palumbo Center in 2008, has scored a total of 439 points in the past five meetings (87.8 ppg.) including a 99-98 overtime loss at the Palestra in 2009 and a 93-90 loss in last year's A-10 Championship ... the 2009 game was tied at 88 at the end of regulation ... prior to 2008, the most points a Duquesne team had scored against Saint Joseph's was 98 in a 98-95 win on Jan. 5, 1991 ... it was just one of two times in the history of the series that DU had scored 90 or more vs. the Hawks prior to 2008.
SAINT JOSEPH'S THIS YEAR: SJU (10-4) was picked to finish 7th in the preseason poll of Atlantic 10 coaches ... the Hawks are coming off a 74-69 loss at No. 24 (AP) Harvard on New Year's Eve ... the road loss snapped a five-game win streak ... the Dukes and Hawks have one common opponent in Penn State (SJU won 65-47 at home on Nov. 26 and DU won 66-59 at CONSOL Eneryg Center on Dec. 10) ... leading scorer 5-11 junior G Carl Jones (18.8 ppg.) went over the 1,000-point mark on Dec. 7 ... he scored a career-high 38 in a loss to Seton Hall on Nov. 18 ... sophomore F C.J. Aiken ranks second nationally with 4.2 blocks/g. ... soph. G Langston Galloway (15.9 ppg.) is shooting .514 (28-of-74) from 3-point ... SJU owns wins over schools from the ACC (Georgia Tech, 66-53), Big East (Villanova, 74-58), Big Ten (Penn State, 65-47) as well as a win over No. 19 (AP) Creighton (80-71) ... the Hawks, in their 17th season under Phil Martelli, are 1-3 on the road.
DUQUESNE QUICK HITS: Senior B.J. Monteiro, who scored a career-high 28 points (11-of-14 from the field) againt Bowling Green, followed that with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Houston Baptist to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 2 ... Monteiro, who added a career high-tying five assists and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark vs. HBU, averaged 26.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists on 66.7 percent shooting for the week ... he suffered an off-the-court injury following the HBU game that required stitches in both his left hand and chin ending his team-high streak of consecutive games played at 77 ... is expected to miss 2-4 games ... became the 35th member of DU's 1,000-point club with the first of two free throws with 15:40 to go in the first half against Houston Baptist ... he completed his double-double vs. HBU with four minutes left in the first half ... Monteiro is 25-of-40 (62.5%) from the field in his past three games ... he has attempted just seven 3-pointers in his past five games, after attempting 30 3-pointers in his first nine ... Monteiro, who shot .376 as a freshman, .465 as a sophomore and .464 as a junior, is shooting .512 through 14 games ... Monteiro, who entered the season a .502 career free throw shooter, is 37-of-61 from the line (.607) this year ... has scored in double digits 51 times in 107 career games and has topped the 20-point mark seven times ... has started 74 times ... scored 24 points vs. UDC on Nov. 18 .... added a season-high 25 vs. Tennessee Tech on Dec. 3 ... pulled down nine boards vs. Penn State ... had a career-high four steals at George Mason on Dec. 21 ... sophomore guard T.J. McConnell has a 2.44-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio (227-93) ... leads the team in assists (6.2 apg.) and steals (3.1 spg.) ... his steals per game average ranks second nationally ... is averaging 2.91 steals per game for his career (134 in 46 games) ... has started 44 of his 46 career games played ... is shooting .507 for his career (.526 this season) ... posted the second triple-double in school history with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists vs. UDC ... is one of sixe D-I players to post a triple-double this season ... the 11 assists, in addition to being a career high, were one shy of the school record ... it was the second 10+ assist game of his career ... the 15 points were matched vs. No. 17 (AP) Pitt ... also threw down his first career dunk against UDC ... tied his career high with 20 points (7-of-11) against Bowling Green ... hit a career-high four 3-pointers (4-of-7) against the Falcons ... had five steals in back-to-back games vs. Green Bay & UDC and again at Western Michigan ... has had at least two steals in 13 of 14 games ... has led or tied for the team lead in assists 13 times ... handed out nine assists with one turnover vs. Houston Baptist ... senior Eric Evans has played in 102 carer games with 48 starts ... he enters the SJU game with 915 career points and 273 assists ... has 43 assists and 14 turnovers (3.1-to-1 ratio) this season ... has scored in double digits in 11 of 14 games ... Evans, who entered the Robert Morris game 4-of-27 from 3-point, hit 3-of-6 in scoring a season-high 16 points ... he followed that by hitting 1-of-4 from the arc in setting a new season high with 20 points vs. Penn State (9-of-11 from the line) ... is 49-of-59 from the foul line this season (.831) ... has scored in double digits 46 times and has reached the 20-point mark on three occasions ... the 20-point game vs. PSU was his first since a career-high 23 vs. Fordham on Mar. 5, 2010 (his sophomore season) ... came off the bench to score all 12 of his points in the second half of DU's 75-64 win at George Mason ... has 14 assists and one turnover in 105 minutes in his past four games ... Sean Johnson saw an 11-game double digit scoring streak snapped with 4 points vs. Robert Morris ... it was the first time Johnson scored fewer than 13 points in a game this season ... is averaging 16.1 points on an efficient 10.9 shots/g. ... is 55-of-666 (.833) from the FT line ... came off the bench in 59 of 62 games as a freshman and sophomore ... has started 12 of 14 games this year ... has recorded his first three 20-point games this season: 24 vs. Akron, 25 vs. Tennessee Tech & 24 vs. Houston Baptist ... has hit eight free throws in a game three times in 2011-12 ... entered the season shooting .442 from the field including .290 from 3-point ... has upped those percentages to .497 & .339 this year ... sophomore Jerry Jones, who scored 25 points in 26 games last year, eclipsed that point total in DU's seventh game ... grabbed a career high seven boards (six offensive) in 19 minutes vs. Robert Morris and followed that with a then career-high 14 points vs. Penn State ... it was just the second double-digit scoring game of his career (he had 10 in 15 minutes off the bench vs. Louisiana-Lafayette) ... topped that with 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting) in 21 minutes off the bench vs. Houston Baptist ... has just six turnovers in 218 minutes ... shooting 10-of-25 (.400) from the 3-point arc ... has hit three "3's" vs. both Louisiana and HBU ... was 3-of-18 from the arc last season ... junior Andre Marhold has started 10 times after coming off the bench in 38 games as a freshman and junior ... scored a career-high 17 points vs. Green Bay ... posted double-digit rebounds vs. Tennessee Tech (career-high 11) and Robert Morris (10) ... just under half of his rebounds (25-of-54) have come on the offensive end ... shooting .518 from the field and .415 from the foul line ... second on the team with eight dunks ... leads the team with 20 blocks, inlcuding a career-high four vs. Houston Baptist ... 42 of sophomore Mike Talley's 108 points have come from the foul line (42-of-58) ... a .389 3-point shooter as a freshman, Talley is shooting .250 from the arc (10-of-40) ... he is at .346 from the field ... scored a season-high 16 at Western Michigan ... had 14 vs. UDC and 12 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette ... DU was 12-0 all time when Talley scores 10 or more prior to the loss at WMU ... 14 of freshman Kadeem Pantophlet's 44 points came in the Valparaiso game (5-of-5 from the field with four 3-pointers) ... scored 8 and added 4 rebounds in 16 minutes at Western Michigan ... had five points in 15 minutes in his first career start at George Mason and followed that with five points and two assists in a career-high 28 minutes of his second career start vs. Bowling Green ... had six pionts in 15 minutes vs. Houston Baptist ... freshman Mamadou Datt had his best game as a Duke with eight points and nine points in 29 minutes in his first career start to help DU to a 75-64 win at George Mason ... went 4-of-8 with three dunks vs. the Patriots ... had not scored more than two points in his 11 previous games ... had four points and two rebounds in 16 foul-plagued minutes in his second career start vs. Bowling Green ... grabbed 10 of his 32 total rebounds in DU's first two games (five each vs. Arizona and Green Bay) ... attempted just 12 field goals in 11 games prior to his breakout at George Mason ... has attempted 14 field goals in his past three games (26 for the season) ... redshirt freshman Derrick Martin, who has played in five games, had 4 points, 3, rebounds and 2 blocks in 9 minutes vs. Houston Baptist ... freshman Danny Herrera, who had two points in two games, scored 8 points in 6 minutes vs. HBU ... he went 2-of-2 from the 3-point arc.