PREVIEW: St. Bonaventure at @DuqMBB
Feb. 1, 2018

  GAMEDAY
 Game 24 St. Bonaventure (15-6, 5-4) at Duquesne (15-8, 6-4)
 Date | Time Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. ET
 Location A.J. Palumbo Center (4,390) | Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Duquesne (15-8, 6-4) opens the month of February at home vs. long-time rival St. Bonaventure (15-6, 5-4) on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The game, which is the 119th meeting between the two, will be televised nationally by NBCSN (Mike Monaco & David Kaplan on the call). It is also Duquesne’s annual “Red Out” as the Dukes will don red uniforms for the first time this season. The Bonnies are DU’s most-frequent all-time opponent by far, with West Virginia second at 88 games. This is the first of two meetings this season, as DU will head to Olean for the rematch on Feb. 21.

TRENDING
• 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, have gone to triple overtime (W over La Salle), double overtime (W over George Mason) and single overtime (L to Richmond) in their last three home games.

The Last Meeting
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February 25, 2017
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@DuqMBB Takes St. Bonaventure to the Wire in 80-77 Defeat
Duquesne rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to tie it with just over a minute left, only to come up short in an 80-77 defeat at St. Bonaventure.

• DU (12-3 at home) needs one win to break the Palumbo Center record set in 1993-94 (12-3).

• A victory would also give DU its most home wins since 1980-81 (14-2).

• Duquesne ranks 3rd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.286). The .286 mark, which leads the A-10, is the best in school history. DU ranked 232nd in 3-point defense last season.

• DU has outrebounded 17 of 23 opponents (tied once). The Dukes were outboarded 19 times in 2017. DU leads the A-10 at 38.3 rpg.

• Duquesne is 11-2 when holding opponents under 70 points and 15-0 when leading with 5:00 left.

Eric Williams Jr., a four-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, is averaging a team-high 16.0 ppg. in conference play. He has four double-doubles in 10 league games and is shooting .492 from 3-point in conference play (29-59).

• The 6-5 Williams Jr., ranks fifth among D-I freshmen in rebounds/g. (9.5 rpg.). The four ahead of him, Marvin Bagley of Duke, Mo Bamba of Texas, Deandre Ayton of Arizona and Brandon McCoy of UNLV, were all ESPN.com 5-star recruits - and are all 6-11 or taller.

• Williams Jr.’s 11 double-digit rebound games are tied for most in the A-10. His nine double-doubles rank second in the conference and tied for seventh nationally among Division I freshmen.

Tydus Verhoeven, the A-10’s leading shot blocker (51, 2.22/g.), rejected a DU freshman record nine shots vs. George Mason on Jan. 20. He is three blocks shy of tying the DU freshman record of 54 set by Derrick Alston in 1991.

• DU is 13-6 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 11-3 when Brown logs 15 or more minutes.

Tarin Smith, who entered this season with 21 3-pointers in 63 career games, has 27 3-pointers in 23 games this year.

• Graduate student guard Rene Castro-Caneddy, who entered the season with a 5.0 ppg. scoring average, is scoring at a 13.0 ppg. clip. He has scored in double digits in seven of 10 A-10 games.

Kellon Taylor came off the bench to score a career-high 11 at GW.

• DU’s three overtime games in 2017-18 are its most since a school record six in 2009-10.

THE SERIES
Series Record: Tied 59-59
At Pittsburgh: Duquesne leads 40-17
At Olean/Buffalo: St. Bonaventure leads 39-18
Neutral Site: St. Bonaventure leads 3-1
A-10 Regular Season: St. Bonaventure leads 33-31
A-10 Championship: St. Bonaventure leads 3-2
Dambrot vs. St. Bonaventure: 0-0

• This is the 119th meeting in a series that dates to Feb. 13, 1920 ... the series is tied at 59-59 ... SBU holds a 33-31 advantage in Atlantic 10 regular season games ... in games played at Pittsburgh, DU leads 40-17 ... the Dukes have won seven of the last 10 at Palumbo Center, while SBU has won the last nine at Reilly Center ... Duquesne owns more conference wins over St. Bonaventure (31) than any other A-10 school.

• St. Bonaventure is Duquesne’s most frequent all-time opponent ... this is the 67th consecutive season the two have met and 13th consecutive year the two are meeting home-and-home ... last year, the Bonnies swept the series, winning 71-64 in Pittsburgh and 80-77 in Olean, N.Y. ... DU’s Mike Lewis II scored 20 in each of the two games ... he was a combined 21-of-24 from the foul line vs. SBU last year.

• The Bonnies have won 12 of the past 16 ... five of the past eight have been determined by four or fewer points.

• SBU, the preseason pick to finish second in the A-10, is 5-4 on the road, with all four losses coming in conference play ... the Bonnies notched their first A-10 road win on Wednesday at George Mason (85-69) ... Matt Mobley (18.4 ppg.) led the way with 35 points, including seven 3-pointers.

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 15-8 start is the best by a DU first-year coach since Dudey Moore went 17-5 in 1948-49 (22-game season). 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 eclipsed last year’s win total (10-22) in its 15th game - a 69-22 win over GW. The Dukes, who were 3-15 in conference play last year, opened A-10 play 4-1. The 6-4 start is the best since 2010-11 (8-2).

• 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 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, 9.5) is second in the A-10 with a 9.5 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 52 3-pointers and has thrown down a team-high 16 dunks. Williams Jr., who has set DU freshman records for points (34 vs. George Mason) and rebounds (16 vs. Stetson) ranks fifth among Division I freshmen in rebounds per game & tied for seventh in double-doubles (through Jan. 31). 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 51 blocks in 19.3 minutes per game (2.22 bpg.).

LAST GAME
Jan. 31 • Duquesne 75, George Washington 73

• The win, in addition to snapping a two-game losing streak, gave the Dukes a sweep of the season series. It was the first time since 2010 & 2011 that DU posted back-to-back wins over GW. It was also DU’s first win at Smith Center since Feb. 6, 2010.
• Duquesne shot a season-best 50 percent from the field and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the 3-point arc.
Mike Lewis II led four Dukes in double figures with 17 points. Lewis II, who went 3-of-5 from 3-point, scored 15 in the first half.
Tarin Smith added 15 points and Eric Williams Jr. had 11. Kellon Taylor, who played high school ball at nearby DeMatha High, added a career-high 11 in 25 minutes off the bench.
• Duquesne outscored the GW bench 35-11.
• First-year JC transfer Marko Krivacevic, who missed the first seven games with a broken bone in his wrist, came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers in a span of 1:25 in the second half. Krivacevic, who had attempted four shots in four games prior to Wednesday night, finished with six points in seven minutes.
• Duquesne outscored GW 18-3 in second chance points. The Colonials outscored the Dukes 18-7 off turnovers.
• It was DU’s first win when trailing at the half this season (now 1-5). GW led 36-33 after the opening 20 minutes.
• Duquesne’s largest lead was seven, the last of which came at 73-66 with 0:26 left ... George Washington’s largest lead was six at 41-35 with 17:57 left ... Duquesne led for 27:16 and GW led for 7:35 ... the game was tied for 5:09 ... there were eight ties and eight lead changes before Tarin Smith gave the Dukes the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 12:36 left.

 

 

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