Jan. 13, 2014
GAME 15 - DUQUESNE (8-6, 1-1) at SAINT JOSEPH'S (10-5, 1-1)
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7:00 EST Philadelphia, Pa. Michael J. Hagen '85 Arena (4,200)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
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The Last Meeting
January 12, 2013
A.J. Palumbo Center
Saint Joseph's Pulls Away Late to Defeat Dukes, 74-66
Langston Galloway scored 16 points, including two big baskets in the final 2:09, to help Saint Joseph's (9-5, 1-1) snap Duquesne's (7-9, 0-2) five-game home winning streak, with a 74-66 victory at the Palumbo Center.
Duquesne, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped with a 75-56 loss to La Salle on Sunday, hits the road to face Saint Joseph's (10-5, 1-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Saint Joseph's game begins a stretch of five of seven on the road for the Dukes.
SERIES QUICK NOTES
This is the 50th game in a series that dates back to Feb. 25, 1938 ... Saint Joseph's leads the series 37-12, including a 19-2 advantage in games played at Philadelphia.
What was once a lopsided series has tightened considerably over the past seven years. The Dukes, who lost 16 of 17 to SJU from 1994 through 2007, have won three of the past seven with 3 of the 4 losses coming in OT.
Three of the past six meetings have been decided in OT, with the Hawks winning all three: 99-98 at the Palestra in 2009, 93-90 in the quarterfinal of the A-10 Championship in Atlantic City in 2011 and 84-82 at Pittsburgh in 2012. SJU rallied from a 16-point deficit with under 10 minutes left to pull out the 2012 win. DU rallied from an 18-point second half deficit in the OT loss at the Palestra.
Saint Joe's had won 10 in a row in the series 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.
Duquesne has scored 587 points in the past seven meetings (83.9 ppg.) including a 99-98 OT loss at the Palestra in 2009 and a 93-90 loss at the 2011 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.
LA SALLE LEFTOVERS
Leftovers from Duquesne's 75-56 Atlantic 10 loss to La Salle on Jan. 12: the loss ended a five-game DU win streak ... DU set season lows for points (56), second half points (26) and assists (8) in suffering its worst loss of the season (-19) ... there were four ties and eight lead changes before La Salle took the lead for good with 2:12 left in the first half ... both teams shot .464 in the first half ... La Salle outshot Duquesne .609 to .240 in the second ... DU's Ovie Soko saw a streak of five-straight 20-point games snapped with 12 (on 3-of-15 shooting) ... Dominique McKoy led the Dukes with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds ... it was his second consecutive double-double ... Derrick Colter scored all of his 12 points in the first half ... it was just the third time this season the Dukes finished with fewer assists than turnovers (8-14) ... the others were in losses to West Virginia (10-16) and Robert Morris (12-14) ... La Salle went 10-of-22 from the 3-point arc, Duquesne was 4-of-16.
70 THE KEY
DU is 8-2 this season (15-7 under Jim Ferry) when scoring 70 or more.
ON THE ROAD
DU, which won 17 road games in 10 seasons from 1997 through 2006, has posted 38 road Ws over the past eight years. Of the 38 wins, 27 have come by double digits. From 1997 through 2006, Duquesne posted a total of three double-digit road victories. DU is 3-1 on the road this season with consecutive wins at Saint Francis, Pa. (78-71), at UMass Lowell (95-77) and at Texas-Pan American (88-69). The Dukes are 5-13 on the road under Jim Ferry.
DU began the week tied for third in the A-10 with three road wins (3-1). DU has won three in a row on the road for the first time since 2011 (five straight). The three road wins have already eclipsed last year's total (2-12).
Duquesne has had its 14-man roster intact for just five games this season (4-1). Freshman Isaiah Watkins missed the first six games while recovering from knee surgery and sophomore guard Micah Mason missed five games between Nov. 30 and Dec. 17 with a broken bone in his hand. The complete lineup made its debut on Dec. 21 at UMass Lowell and came out with a 95-77 win. The Dukes added three more wins before dropping a 75-56 decision to La Salle on Sunday.
The Dukes began the week with the top assist-to-turnover ratio in the Atlantic 10 (1.5-to-1). DU, which is averaging 15.4 apg., has had more assists than turnovers in 11 of 14 games. Duquesne had posted 20 or more assists in a game three times.
Duquesne has already matched its win total from a year ago (8-22, 1-15).
Duquesne is in its second season under head coach Jim Ferry. Ferry, who came to DU after leading LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2011 & 2012), is the 16th coach in school history. This is the 98th season for Duquesne basketball.
The 2013-14 Dukes matched last season's win total (8-22) with their 87-81 Atlantic 10-opening win over Fordham on Jan. 8.
Only three scholarship players are back from last year's 8-22 team: returning starters Derrick Colter and Jeremiah Jones along with senior Jerry Jones. DU also has three first-year players with Division I experience in senior Ovie Soko (88 games for UAB from 2010-12), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (30 games at Rhode Island in 2012) and sophomore Micah Mason (30 games at Drake last year). The 11 active scholarship players on the 2013-14 roster brought a combined total of 10 seasons of Division I experience into the season.
The Dukes are (5-1) when opening with the current starting lineup of F Ovie Soko, F Jeremiah Jones, C Dominique McKoy, G Micah Mason and G Derrick Colter.
Five of the Dukes' top seven scorers are first year players: UAB transfer Ovie Soko (18.4 ppg.), JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White (12.1), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (10.5), first-year Drake transfer Micah Mason (9.1) and freshman Desmond Ridenour (5.5).
Eight players have scored 10 or more and five are averaging at least 9.1 points per game for the Dukes who are averaging 78.1 ppg.
The Dukes fielded their entire roster for the first time on Dec. 21 at UMass Lowell. Freshman forward Isaiah Watkins, who underwent leg surgery on Jan. 31 in his hometown of Toronto, had additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 3 keeping him out of DU's first six games. He returned to action vs. Penn State on Dec. 11. Sophomore guard Micah Mason missed five games with a broken hand suffered Nov. 20 vs. Albany. He made his return with 14 points (4-of-6 from 3-point) at UMass Lowell on Dec. 21. A second Canadian, freshman forward, 6-8, 255-pound Jordan Robinson, has not been certified as eligible by the NCAA and has yet to practice.
The Dukes, who are 110-of-147 (.748) from the foul line in their past six games, have made 26 more free throws than their opponents have attempted. DU, which is averaging 28.5 free throw attempts per game, is outscoring its opponents by 105 points (7.5 ppg.) from the charity stripe. Senior forward Ovie Soko, who is challenging the school record for free throw attempts per game (he is currently at 9.43), has made good on 60-of-74 free throw attempts (.811) in his past eight games (.720 for the season).
Senior Ovie Soko (18.4, 8.4), who has scored 12 or more points in 13 of 14 games, saw a streak of five consecutive 20-point games snapped on Jan. 12 vs. La Salle (12 points). He was the first Duke to string together five consecutive 20-point games since Bryant McAllister did it in his final five games as a Duke in 2006. McAllister, who topped the 20-point mark 13 times in 26 games in 2005-06, led the A-10 in scoring in all games (19.7 ppg.) and conference-only games (20.7 ppg.) on his way to earning second team All-Atlantic 10 honors that season.
First-year Drake transfer Micah Mason, the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference last season (40-of-79, .506), was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Nov. 8 - the day before the season opener against Abilene Christian. Mason, a sophomore, hit a 3-pointer on his first touch in a Dukes uniform, 28 seconds after entering the ACU game. The western Pa. native had his breakout game with 18 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting at WVU, before breaking a bone in his right hand in the first half of DU's 70-59 win over Albany three days later. The injury sidelined him for five games. Mason hit four "3"s in his return at UMass Lowell on Dec. 21 and added four more in the Dec. 29 win at UTPA. Mason is 22-of-35 from the arc (.629) with 24 assists and 4 turnovers in 228 total minutes.
Micah Mason has shot 50 percent or better from the 3-point arc in eight consecutive games. The only time he did not, was the season-opener against Abilene Christian when he was 1-of-4. He has hit at least one 3-pointer in every game he has played (9).
Sophomore guard Derrick Colter, who became just the fifth player - and first underclassman - to lead the Dukes in scoring and assists when he averaged 13.4 ppg. and 5.3 apg. last season, scored a team-high 23 in the opener against Abilene Christian and added 20 points, 7 assists and a career high-tying 4 steals vs. UMBC. Colter has reached the 20-point mark six times in his young career. Colter (9.8 ppg.) leads the team with 53 assists. He has scored in double digits in DU's first two Atlantic 10 games. Colter has started every game in his Duquesne career (44).
First-year forward Dominique McKoy, who missed just seven shots in the month of December (24-of-31, 10.7 ppg. in six Dec. games), is shooting a team-best .687. McKoy, who has had at least six rebounds in 12 of 14 games, has scored in double digits nine times. He posted his first career double-double (12-10) vs. Penn State and followed that with 16 points and 10 more boards vs. Robert Morris. He has posted back-to back double-doubles in his first two A-10 games: 10-10 in the A-10 opener vs. Fordham and 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. La Salle.
Sophomore forward Jeremiah Jones who, like Colter, has played in every game in his Duquesne career (44 and counting), has established himself as the Dukes' top defender. Jones, who is averaging 26.8 min/g., has 27 assists and 10 turnovers this season. He has scored in double figures eight times.
First-year transfer guard Tra'Vaughn White, who led the nation's JC's in scoring last year at 25.9 ppg., has scored double-digit points nine times, including four off the bench. He scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Dukes rally from a 10-point halftime deficit to post a win at Saint Francis, Pa. and followed that with 15 points (4-of-4 from 3-point) at UMass Lowell. The Dukes are 1-4 when White scores fewer than 10.
Freshman guard Desmond Ridenour, who scored all nine of his points in 14 first-half minutes against Pitt, topped that with 11 points at Saint Francis. The Ohio native, who had five field goals against the Red Flash, is averaging just over 17 minutes per game off the bench (26 assists and 16 turnovers).
Senior Jerry Jones has scored in double digits two times this season. He had 14 points in 20 minutes in the win over UMBC and two games later added 10 points and a career-high six assists in 23 turnover-free minutes vs. Robert Morris. Jones. He has just three turnovers in 194 minutes this season (16 assists).
Duquesne, which began the week tied for 7th in NCAA Division I for fewest total turnovers, has four regulars with better than 2:1 assist/turnover ratios: Micah Mason - 6.0-to-1 (24-4), Jerry Jones - 5.3-to-1 (16-3), Jeremiah Jones - 2.7-to-1 (27-10) and Derrick Colter - 2.4-to-1 (53-22). Nine players have either led or tied for the team lead in assists in a game this season. DU is 25th nationally in turnovers/g. (10.4).
Four players posted 40-plus inch running vertical jumps in July testing. The four highest-leaping Dukes are: Jeremiah Jones (42.5"), Derrick Colter (42.5"), Ovie Soko (40.5") and Desmond Ridenour (40.5").
DU has won three in a row on the road for the first time since 2010-11 (five straight). The three road wins have already eclipsed last year's total (2-12).
DU will play George Mason (2013 CBI finalist), La Salle (2013 NCAA Sweet 16), Saint Louis (2013 NCAA Third Round) and St. Bonaventure twice in Atlantic 10 play. Mason, La Salle and SLU all won at least 22 games last season. Duquesne and George Washington are the only schools who will face two of the Atlantic 10's three returning 2013 NCAA tournament participants home-and-home. DU, GW and St. Bonaventure are the only schools with three 2013 post-season participants in their four-team pod.
UP NEXT: DU heads to Richmond for its first Atlantic 10 game at VCU on Sat., Jan. 18. The game, set for a 4:00 p.m. tip, will be televised nationally by CBSSN.