PREVIEW: Richmond at @DuqMBB
Jan. 22, 2018

  GAMEDAY
 Game 21 Richmond (6-13, 4-3) at Duquesne (14-6, 5-2)
 Date | Time Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. ET
 Location A.J. Palumbo Center (4,390) | Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Duquesne (14-6, 5-2), drops the curtain on a two-game homestand when it hosts red hot Richmond (6-13, 4-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh with Dave Armstrong and Rich Zvosec on the call. The Dukes, who have already eclipsed last season’s win total (10-22) and conference victory mark (3-15) in their first-year under head coach Keith Dambrot, are off to their best start since the 2010-11 CBI team (19-13) opened 16-5. DU is looking to extend its 10-game home win streak, which is the second-longest in the 30-year history of Palumbo Center. Richmond, which opened the season 3-13, has rallied to win three in a row, including a road victory at city rival VCU. Duquesne, which has tied the Palumbo Center record for home wins (12-2 with five home games remaining), is looking to become the first DU team to win 13 at home since the 1980-81 NIT team went 14-2 at Pittsburgh Civic Arena.

TRENDING
• Duquesne’s 10-game home win streak is the second-longest in the 30-year history of the Palumbo Center. It is the longest home streak since February of 1992 (14 games).

The Last Meeting
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T.J. Cline posted his first career triple-double, as Richmond rode a late 17-4 run to a 101-90 victory over Duquesne before a sellout crowd at Robins Center.

• The Dukes, who are 12-2 at home, have tied the Palumbo Center record for wins (12-3 set in 1993-94). DU is looking to become the first Dukes team to post 13 home wins since 1981 (14-2).

• Duquesne ranks 3rd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.282). The .282 mark is the best in school history. DU ranked 232nd in 3point defense last season.

• DU has outrebounded 14 of 20 opponents (tied once). The Dukes were outboarded 19 times in 2017.

• Duquesne is 11-1 when holding opponents under 70 points and 14-0 when leading with 5:00 left.

Eric Williams Jr., a four-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, ranks fourth among D-I freshmen in rebounds/g (9.8). The three ahead of him, Deandre Ayton of Arizona, Marvin Bagley of Duke, Mo Bamba of Texas, were all ESPN.com 5-star recruits - and are all 6-11 or taller.

• Williams Jr. leads the A-10 lead in rebounding at 9.8 rpg. His nine double-doubles are tied for first in the conference and fifth nationally among Division I freshmen. He has posted double-doubles in DU’s past three games.

• Williams Jr. is coming off a DU freshman record 34-point outing vs. George Mason. Williams Jr. hit a school-record nine 3-pointers (9-15) against the Patriots.

Tydus Verhoeven, the A-10’s leading shot blocker (49, 2.45/g.), rejected a DU freshman record nine shots vs. George Mason. He is five blocks shy of tying the DU freshman record of 54 set by Derrick Alston in 1991.

• DU is 12-4 since grad transfer Chas Brown made his debut on Dec. 1 with five minutes played vs. Pitt. Brown, Coppin State’s MVP last season, missed the first four games with a foot injury. DU is 10-1 when Brown logs 15 or more minutes.

Tarin Smith, who entered this season with 21 3-pointers (63 g.), has 25 3-pointers in 20 games this year.

Jordan Robinson is averaging 6.0 ppg. on .607 shooting (17-of-28) in conference play.

THE SERIES
Series Record: Richmond leads 20-9
At Pittsburgh: Richmond leads 9-4
At Richmond: Richmond leads 10-4
Neutral Site: Tied 1-1
A-10 Regular Season: Richmond leads 19-1
A-10 Championship: Richmond leads 1-0
Dambrot vs. Richmond: 0-0

MOST FRESHMAN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Eric Williams Jr. ranks fifth among Division I freshmen with nine double-doubles (through Jan. 21):

15 -- Marvin Bagley III, Duke (6-11, F)
13 -- Deandre Ayton, Arizona (7-1, F)
10 -- Brandon McCoy, UNLV (7-0, F)
10 -- Trae Young, Oklahoma (6-2, G)
9 -- Eric Williams Jr., Duquesne (6-5, G)

NOTING THE DUKES
• This is the 102nd season of basketball for Duquesne University. The Dukes started play in 1913-14 (DU did not field a team in 1944-45-46 due to World War II).

• DU is in its first season under head coach Keith Dambrot. Dambrot came to the Bluff after 13 highly-successful seasons at Akron, where he led the Zips to a 305-139 record (23.5 wins per season) including 10 postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 5 NIT, 1 CBI & 1 CIT). Dambrot’s 14-6 start is the best by a DU first-year coach since Dudey Moore went 16-4 in his first 20 games in 1948-49. Moore coached Keith’s father, Sid, from 1952-54 during his highly-successful 10 seasons on the Bluff. There were 10 coaches between Moore and Dambrot.

• Duquesne, which eclipsed last year’s win total (10-22) in its 15th game - a 69-22 win over GW, is off to its best start since the 2010-11 CBI team (19-13) opened 16-5. The 2011 team started A-10 play 8-0.

• This is the third time in 41 A-10 seasons that the Dukes opened conference play 3-0 or better. Duquesne finished no worse than tied for fifth on the other two occasions: a school-record 8-0 start resulted in a tie for 4th at 10-6 in 2011 and a 3-0 start in 2009 produced a t5th finish at 9-7. Duquesne’s 5-2 conference start is the best since the 2011 team opened with the eight consecutive wins.

• Duquesne had its full roster for the first time this season on Dec. 9 vs. Delaware State (DU was 4-3 at the time). JC transfer Marko Krivacevic missed seven games with a broken bone in his wrist. Grad transfer Chas Brown missed the first four games with a foot injury and senior forward Eric James (knee) missed the Cornell game. Sophomore forward Kellon Taylor, who spent the fall as a receiver for DU’s FCS football team, joined the team just prior to Thanksgiving (he was not in uniform for the first two games).

• Duquesne has received significant contributions from a pair of freshmen. Six-five swingman Eric Williams Jr. (15.0, 9.8) leads the A-10 with a 9.8 rpg. average - the highest by a Duke since Damian Saunders averaged 11.3 rpg. in 2010. The versatile G/F, who has nine double-doubles, is second on the team with 44 3-pointers and has thrown down a team-high 15 dunks. Williams Jr., who has set DU freshman records for points (34 vs. George Mason) and rebounds (16 vs. Stetson) ranks fourth among Division I freshmen in rebounds per game & fifth in double-doubles (through Jan. 21). Six-nine forward Tydus Verhoeven set a DU freshman record with nine blocks vs. George Mason on Jan. 20. The 6-8 Verhoeven, who has blocked five or more in a game three times, leads the A-10 with 49 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game (2.45 bpg.).

LAST GAME
Jan. 20 • Duquesne 95, George Mason 89 (2OT)

• DU’s 16 3-pointers (16-37) were its second-most in a game this season.
Eric Williams Jr. led four Dukes in double figures with a school freshman record 34 points. The old record of 32 was set by Mike Morrissey vs. Canisius on Feb. 24, 1915.
Eric Williams Jr. (9-of-15) broke the school record for 3-pointers shared by Tony Petrarca (8-of-12 vs. Pitt on Dec. 18, 1989), Bryant McAllister (8-of-13 at Rhode Island on Feb. 8, 2006) and Aaron Jackson (8-of-13 at Virginia Tech on Mar. 18, 2009 - NIT).
Tydus Verhoeven’s nine blocks broke the freshman record (7) he shared with Derrick Alston. Verhoeven finished with four points, eight rebounds and a season-high five assists in 33 minutes.
Mike Lewis II scored 15 of his 20 points after the half. He went 3-of-9 from the 3-point arc.
Rene Castro-Caneddy had 14 points, a career-high seven rebounds and four assists.
Tarin Smith added 13 points, a season-high seven assists, two blocks and two steals off the bench.
• With the win, Duquesne matched the Palumbo Center record for home victories set in 1993-94 (12-3).
• DU’s 15 team blocks tied the school record set on Nov. 20, 2007 at Oakland and tied on Feb. 6, 2008 vs. Saint Joseph’s.
• DU’s largest lead was 15 at 22-7 at the 11:14 mark of the first half ... GMU’s largest lead was three at 75-72 with 0:07 left in regulation ... Duquesne led for 46:17 and Mason led for 0:55 ... the game was tied for 2:48 ... there were five ties and three lead changes ... George Mason never led in either of the overtimes.

 

 

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