Feb. 13, 2012
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GAME 25 / FORDHAM (9-14, 2-8) at DUQUESNE (14-10, 5-5)
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 7:00 ET
Pittsburgh, Pa. A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7
Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst), Greg Linnelli (`03) (producer)
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Duquesne (14-10, 5-5), which saw its two-game win streak snapped at St. Bonaventure on Saturday, returns home to face much-improved Fordham (9-14, 2-8) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
The Dukes are 9-3 at home with the three losses coming by a combined total of nine points ... DU is outscoring opponents by 11.2 ppg. at Palumbo Center ... Fordham, which is coming off a 72-70 overtime home loss to Dayton on Saturday, has struggled on the road where the Rams are 1-10 ... Fordham has lost its last six road games.
DU leads the series 17-12 including a 9-4 advantage in games played at Pittsburgh ... the Dukes have won four of the past five - including the last three in a row - vs. Fordham.
Eight of DU's first 10 conference games have been against RPI Top 100 schools (Rhode Island & Richmond are the exceptions) ... Fordham began the week with a 228 RPI.
According to Basketball State, Duquesne has faced the third-toughest schedule among the Atlantic 10's 14 schools. The rankings through Sunday: Saint Joseph's (24th), Dayton (39th), DUQUESNE (51st), George Washington (59th), Xavier (63rd), Temple (66th), Saint Louis (79th), Rhode Island (84th), Richmond (92nd), St. Bonaventure (100th), Charlotte (101st), UMass (141st) and Fordham (170th).
The Dukes, who led the nation is assists (17.8), steals (9.9) and turnover margin (+6.7) last year are averaging 15.8 assists and 8.0 steals ... DU began the week ranked third in NCAA Division I in turnover margin (+5.5) behind Syracuse (+6.8) and VCU (+5.7).
Senior guard Eric Evans enters the Fordham game needing six points to become DU's 36th 1,000-point scorer ... Evans, who has 994 points and 292 assists is also bidding to become just the 10th player in school history to top 1,000 points and 300 assists.
DU, which has started nine lineups in the past 16 games, has had its roster intact for five conference games (with an asterisk at Rhode Island & at St. Bonaventure) ... the URI game was B.J. Monteiro's first after having 25 stitches removed from his left hand ... Monteiro played with the hand heavily taped for his first three games back ... Andre Marhold suffered a concussion during the URI game and missed games vs. UMass and at Saint Louis before making his return against La Salle ... the DU roster has been intact for the past four games although leading scorer Sean Johnson missed the entire week before the St. Bonaventure game with strep throat (he did come off the bench to score 5 points in 16 minutes off the bench at SBU).
Following the Fordham game, the Dukes will head to Philadelphia to face Temple on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. The Temple game will be televised regionally by CBS Sports Network.
THE SERIES: Duquesne, which leads the series 17-12, snapped a five-game series losing streak with a 74-62 win over Fordham at the Palumbo Center in 2008 ... the Dukes have gone on to win three of the last four - including the last three in a row ... in Fordham's last visit to Palumbo Center (2010), six players (three for each team) scored 20 or more in a wild 111-100 DU win ... in games played at Pittsburgh, Duquesne leads 9-4 ... in A-10 regular-season action, DU leads 10-9 ... Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart is 4-3 against the Rams, including a 2-1 mark at Palumbo Center... his Duquesne teams are averaging 83.0 ppg. against Fordham.
FORDHAM THIS YEAR: Fordham continues to show steady improvement under second-year head coach Tom Pecora ... Pecora, who led Hofstra to four 20-win seasons in his previous stint, took over a 2-26 Fordham team and finished with seven wins last season ... this year, the Rams already have nine victories, including impressive wins at Siena and over Georgia Tech and No. 22 (AP) Harvard at Rose Hill Gym ... the young Rams have struggled on the road where they are 1-10 ... Fordham has one of the Atlantic 10's top big men in 6-7, 225-pound junior forward Chris Gaston (16.4, 10.1) ... Gaston, who scored his 1,000th career point on Nov. 29, was a preseason second team all-conference pick .. the Union City, N.J. native scored 35 points in a Dec. 22 win over Texas State ... it was the most points by a Fordham player since 2004 ... Fordham ranks 15th nationally in blocked shots at 5.5 per game ... 6-10 senior Kervin Bristol leads the way with 55 rejections (27th nationally).
DID YOU KNOW?: Duquesne has scored 291 points (that's 97.0 per game) in its past three meetings with Fordham ... DU won the last Palumbo Center meeting 111-100 on March 5, 2010 ... Eric Evans, a sophomore at the time, scored a career high 23 points in a game that saw the Dukes and Rams attempt a total of 56 3-pointers.
NINE AWAY FROM 12-0: Duquesne's three Palumbo Center losses have come by a total of nine points (64-60 to Robert Morris, 84-82 in overtime to Saint Joseph's and 71-68 to La Salle). DU is 9-3 at home this season with an average margin of victory of +11.2 ppg.
ST. BONAVENTURE LEFTOVERS: Notes from Duquesne's 69-48 loss at St. Bonaventure on Saturday ... DU managed just seven field goals on 28 percent shooting in being outscored 29-18 in the second half ... SBU outrebounded the Dukes 49-25 including 21-6 on the offensive glass ... the rebounding margin led to a 22-8 St. Bonaventure advantage in second chance points ... it was the sixth time this season DU had more turnovers than assists (15-14) ... DU is 1-5 in those games ... leading scorer Sean Johnson, who missed the week of practice with strep throat, had 5 points in 16 minutes off the bench ... Mike Talley was the lone Duquesne player in double figures with 12 points ... seniors B.J. Monteiro (6 points) and Eric Evans (3 points) were a combined 3-of-18 from the field ... Monteiro, Evans and Jerry Jones were a combined 0-of-13 in the second half ... T.J. McConnell had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals ... with Johnson ailing, DU started a lineup of Jones, Monteiro, Marhold, Evans & McConnell for the first time ... Duquesne shot 40 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point arc and 40 percent from the foul line.
0 Andre Marhold
Junior Andre Marhold has started 16 times after coming off the bench in 38 games as a freshman and sophomore ... scored a career-high 17 points vs. Green Bay ... posted double-digit rebounds vs. Tennessee Tech (career-high 11) and Robert Morris (10) ... has a team-high 41 offensive rebounds ... shooting .521 from the field and .421 from the foul line ... leads the team with 17 dunks and 33 blocks, including a career-high four rejections vs. both Houston Baptist and at Xavier ... had two of his three blocks in the first meeting with St. Bonaventure in a span of 25 seconds to fuel a big 13-0 second half run ... suffered a concussion at Rhode Island which forced him to miss games vs. UMass and at Saint Louis ... made his return with a start vs. La Salle on Jan. 28 (four points and four boards in 22 minutes) ... averaged 7.0 rebounds in 27.0 minutes in the three games prior to being injured and 3.5 rpg. in 21.3 min/g. in four post-injury games ... the injury ended his streak of 20 consecutive games played - including the first 18 games in 2011-12.
1 Mike Talley
Just under 35 percent of sophomore Mike Talley's points have come from the foul line (63 of 184 total points) ... a .389 3-point shooter as a freshman, Talley is shooting .254 from the arc (17-of-67) ... he is at .354 from the field ... has scored in double digits six times with a season-high 16 at Western Michigan ... had 14 vs. UDC and 12 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette ... scored 11 of his 13 points in 13 second-half minutes in the win at Rhode Isand ... scored all 15 of his points in 13 first half minutes off the bench at Dayton ... DU is 14-2 all time when Talley scores 10 or more ... turned in an outstanding defensive performance in helping limit UMass guard Chaz Williams to 8 points, 4 assists and 7 turnovers in an 80-69 Dukes win on Jan. 18 ... broke out of a 4-of-19 3-point shooting slump in conference play by going 2-of-4 from the arc at Dayton ... averaging 11.3 ppg. (13-of-26) in DU's past three games.
2 P.J. Torres
Freshman P.J. Torres has seen action in seven games including two of the past three A10 contests ... hit a 3-pointer in his first career field goal attempt at Valparaiso ... also scored three points in three minutes late in the loss at Xavier ... hit a 3-pointer and contributed solid defense in the first half of the win at Dayton ... followed that with a season-high six minutes vs. Richmond (2 points, 2 rebounds & 2 assists).
3 Eric Evans
Senior Eric Evans has played in 112 career games with 58 starts ... is on pace to become the 10th player in school history to total 1,000 points and 300 assists ... he enters the Fordham game with 994 career points and 292 assists ... has 62 assists and 29 turnovers (2.1-to-1 ratio) this season ... has had two or fewer turnovers in all but two games this season ... has scored in double digits in 15 of 24 games ... Evans, who entered the Robert Morris game 4-of-27 from 3-point, hit 3-of-6 in scoring 16 points ... he followed that by setting a new season high with 20 points vs. Penn State (9-of-11 from the line) ... is shooting .735 from the foul line ... has scored in double digits 50 times and has reached the 20-point mark on three occasions in his career ... 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 ... ended a six-game 0-of-10 streak from the 3-point arc with a pair of "3s" at Saint Louis (2-of-4 from the arc, 12 points) ... it was his second game this season with multiple 3-pointers ... scored nine of his 12 points in the win at Dayton in the second half ... was 6-of-11 in scoring a team-high 17 in the win over Richmond.
4 Danny Herrera
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 ... has played in six games.
5 Jerry Jones
Sophomore Jerry Jones, who scored 25 points in 26 games last year, eclipsed that point total in DU's seventh game ... grabbed a then career high seven boards (six offensive) in 19 minutes vs. Robert Morris and followed that with a then 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 ... scored 10 in 22 minutes at Dayton ... set a new career rebounding high with eight boards in 24 minutes vs. Richmond ... added 14 points against the Spiders ... has 30 turnovers in 49 career games ... shooting 20-of-57 (.351) from the 3-point arc ... hit three "3's" vs. both Louisiana and Houston Baptist ... added two more against Richmond ... was 3-of-18 from the arc last season ... had eight points, six rebounds and two steals in a career high 31 minutes vs. UMass ... is 21-of-28 from the foul line (.750) ... was 0-of-4 from the stripe as a freshman ... shooting .491 ... second on team with 36 offensive boards ... has started eight times ... has scored in double digits five times (all off the bench) ... the Dukes are 5-0 when he scores 10 or more.
20 T.J. McConnell
Stat-sheet stuffing sophomore guard T.J. McConnell, who has a 2.3-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio (278-121), leads the team in assists (5.8 apg.) and steals (2.9 spg.) ... his steals per game average ranks third nationally ... his current assists/g. average has a chance to challenge the DU single-season record ... is averaging 2.86 steals per game for his career (160 in 56 games) ... has started 54 of his 56 career games played ... is shooting .514 for his career (.534 this season) ... began the week as one of 10 D-I players to post a triple-double this season ... posted the second triple-double in school history with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists vs. the University of the District of Columbia on Nov. 18 ... had near misses against St. Bonaventure (13-7-8a) and at Rhode Island (16-8-8a) ... the 11 assists vs. UDC, in addition to being a career high, were one shy of the school record ... it was the second 10+ assist game of his career ... also threw down his first career dunk against UDC ... posted his 100th assist of 2011-12 in game 16 vs. St. Bonaventure (13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists & 4 steals) ... is one of nine players in school history with multiple 100-assist seasons (he had 140 in 32 games as a freshman) ... his 138 assists are 22 shy of breaking the DU sophomore record of 159 set by Clayton Adams in 1988-89 ... matched the 15 points vs. UDC with 15 more against No. 17 (AP) Pitt... tied his career high with 20 points (7-of-11) against Bowling Green ... hit a then career-high four 3-pointers (4-of-7) against the Falcons ... topped that with 28 points, including 5-of-6 from 3-point, in an 84-82 OT loss to Saint Joseph's ... had five steals in back-to-back games vs. Green Bay & UDC and again at Western Michigan ... has had at least two steals in 21 of 24 games ... has led or tied for the team lead in assists 21 times ... has also led DU in rebounding a team-high seven times ... handed out nine assists with one turnover vs. Houston Baptist ... is 14-of-22 (.636) from the 3-point arc and .900 (18-of-20) from the foul line in Atlantic 10 play (13.2, 4.6, 5.1a, 2.6s in conference action).
22 Kadeem Pantophlet
Freshman Kadeem Pantophlet scored a career high 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting (4-of-4 from 3-point) at Valparaiso on Nov. 20 ... he had two points in four games prior to the outburst ... scored eight with four rebounds in 16 minutes at Western Michigan ... made his first career start at George Mason and followed that with a second start vs. Bowling Green ... added three 3-pointers in scoring 11 in the A-10 opener vs. Saint Joseph's ... also had a season-high six rebounds against the Hawks ... had three assists in five minutes at Rhode Island ... bounced back from an 0-of-6 start to shoot .359 from the 3-point arc ... is 14-of-33 from the arc (.424) in his past 19 games ... leads the team with eight charges taken.
23 B.J. Monteiro
Senior B.J. Monteiro enters the Fordham game 28th on DU's scoring list with 1,106 points in 114 games ... scored a career-high 28 points (11-of-14 from the field) against Bowling Green and 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 ... he completed his double-double vs. HBU with four minutes left in the first half ... averaged 26.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists on 66.7 percent shooting for the week ... Monteiro, who added a career high-tying five assists vs. Houston Baptist, 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 ... 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 ... he missed DU's first three A-10 games before returning at Rhode Island (12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals in 29 minutes off the bench) ... followed that with a game-high 23 points and 3 blocks in the win over UMass ... hit a career-high four 3-pointers in scoring a team-high 20 at Dayton ... Monteiro, who shot .376 as a freshman, .465 as a sophomore and .464 as a junior, is shooting .472 in 2012 ... Monteiro, who entered the season a .502 career free throw shooter, is 48-of-81 from the line (.593) this year ... has scored in double digits 55 times and topped the 20-point mark nine times in 114 career games ... has started 80 times ... scored 24 points vs. UDC on Nov. 18 .... added 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 and career-best six assists against La Salle on Jan. 28 ... ranks fifth on DU's all-time blocked shot list with 78.
32 Sean Johnson
Sean Johnson has scored in double digits in 20 of 24 games ... opened the season with an 11-game double digit scoring streak which was snapped with four points vs. Robert Morris ... was named to the 2K Sports Classic Valparaiso Subregional All-Tournament team on Nov. 20 after averaging 18.7 ppg. on 50 percent shooting in three games ... has attempted a team-high 108 free throws (.796) ... came off the bench in 59 of 62 games as a freshman and sophomore ... has started 21 of 24 games this year ... has recorded his first four 20-point games this season: 24 vs. Akron, 25 vs. Tennessee Tech, 24 vs. Houston Baptist & 20 vs. UMass ... added a career-high 10 boards against the Minutemen for his first career double-double ... also hit a career-high four 3-pointers (4-of-5) - including three in a 2:13 span of the first half - against UMass ... scored eight points in 38 seconds during a game-changing 13-0 second-half run in the 66-52 win over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 7 ... converted two three-point plays during the outburst ... scored all 16 of his points in the last 23 minutes against La Salle ... the La Salle game followed a season-low one-point outing at Saint Louis ... has a team-high 20 career "and-ones" (has made good on 20-of-26 career opportunities including 6-of-6 this year) ... entered the season shooting .442 from the field including .290 from 3-point ... has upped those percentages to .466 & .386 this year ... is 15-of-32 from the 3-point arc in conference play (.469).
34 Mamadou Datt
Freshman Mamadou Datt had his best game as a Duke with eight points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes in his first career start to help DU to a 75-64 win at George Mason on Dec. 21 ... went 4-of-8 with three dunks vs. the Patriots ... had not scored more than two points in his 11 previous games ... added 8 points and 7 rebounds in 11 minutes at Saint Louis on Jan. 21 and followed that with 7 points and 5 boards in 15 minutes vs. La Salle ... grabbed 10 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 ... is scoreless with two field goal attempts and two rebounds in his past three games.
35 Derrick Martin
Redshirt freshman Derrick Martin has seen action in nine of DU's past 12 games (39 total minutes) ... had 4 points, 3, rebounds and 2 blocks in 9 minutes vs. Houston Baptist ... had two rebounds in five first-half minutes vs. UMass ... posted 2 boards and 2 blocks in a season-high 12 minutes at Saint Louis.