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G25 - DUQUESNE (11-13, 3-8) at ST. BONAVENTURE (15-10, 5-6)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 • 7:00 EST • Olean, N.Y. • Reilly Center (5,480)

Television: SNY/ROOT Sports Pittsburgh with Scott Graham and Vin Parise
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)

The Last Meeting
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January 25, 2014
A.J. Palumbo Center
Colter's Buzzer Beater Downs Bonnies, 83-81
Derrick Colter's 3-pointer at the horn gave Duquesne an 83-81 win over St. Bonaventure in a game that saw one tie and five lead changes in the final minute.

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Duquesne (11-13, 3-8) heads to western New York for an Atlantic 10 rematch with St. Bonaventure (15-10, 5-6) on Wed., Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by SNY and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh (Scott Graham & Vin Parise). The game will also be streamed live by CampusInsiders.com and will air locally on radio on WPGB-FM 104.7.

• Duquesne (11-13, 3-8) heads to western New York for an Atlantic 10 rematch with St. Bonaventure (15-10, 5-6) on Wed., Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by SNY and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh (Scott Graham & Vin Parise). The game will also be streamed live by CampusInsiders.com and will air locally on radio on WPGB-FM 104.7.

• Duquesne, which won the first meeting 83-81 on a Derrick Colter buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the horn on Jan. 25, is 5-5 on the road. The five road wins are tied for fourth-most among A-10 schools (all games). St. Bonaventure's two home losses (9-2) are tied for fifth-fewest among league schools.

• Senior F Ovie Soko topped the 1,000-point mark with 19 at URI on Saturday (he scored 564 in three years at UAB & has 442 in one year at DU). Soko, who is second in the A-10 at 18.4 ppg., ranks fourth nationally in free throw attempts with 241. His 10.0 FTAs/g. are on school record pace. Soko went 13-20 from the stripe (27 pts) vs. SBU on Jan. 25.

• Sophomore guard Micah Mason leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.581). He has the highest offensive efficiency rating in the nation according to KenPom.com.

• DU leads the Atlantic 10 with a +1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.

• This is the 112th meeting in a series that dates to Feb. 13, 1920 ... Duquesne leads 58-53, including a 30-27 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season games ... in games played at St. Bonaventure, the Bonnies lead 35-18... SBU has won the last five at Reilly Center ... the Dukes have won six of the last seven at Palumbo Center ... DU's last win at Reilly Center was on Jan. 10, 2009 by a 98-80 score.

• St. Bonaventure is Duquesne's most frequent all-time opponent ... this is the 63rd consecutive season the two have met ... this is the ninth consecutive year the two are meeting home-and-home (DU defeated SBU 83-81 on Jan. 25).

• The Dukes and Bonnies have split the past six meetings.

• Duquesne owns more conference wins over St. Bonaventure (30) than any other A-10 school.

SBU is 9-2 at home with the two losses coming to George Washington (71-79) and Dayton (69-72) ... the Bonnies are coming off back-to-back road wins at Fordham (76-65) and at George Mason (85-73) ... Matthew Wright, the co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, scored 18 at Fordham and 24 at Mason ... the Bonnies are the second-best rebounding team in the A-10 at +4.1 ... SBU forward Marquise Simmons leads the conferece in field goal percentage (.641) ... Wright is the A-10's top free throw shooter (.867).

Leftovers from DU's 83-71 win at Rhode Island on Saturday: Duquesne led from the 9:02 mark of the first half on in snapping a four-game losing streak ... Rhode Island's largest lead was seven (15-8) with 11:46 left in the first half ... Duquesne's largest was .13 (82-69) with 36 seconds to go ... it was DU's first road win in A-10 play and fifth road win of the season ... Ovie Soko posted his sixth double-double (19-12) of the season and 17th of his career ... it was his second in A-10 play ... the 12 boards were his most since Dec. 17 at Saint Francis, Pa. (also 12)... Soko who scored 564 points in three seasons at UAB prior to transferring, reached the 1,000-point career mark on the second of two free throws with 1:55 left in the first half ... Soko's career point total stands at 1,006 ... freshman forward L.G. Gill came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points in 20 minutes ... Gill, who went 5-of-6 from the 3-point arc, entered the game 10-of-45 from 3-poiunt for the season ... Gill's previous career high was 7 points ... Gill and fellow freshman Desmond Ridenour were a combined 11-of-13 in scoring 27 points off the bench ... Ridenour (4-5, 8 pts.) & Gill (7-8, 19 pts.) ... the 12-point margin of victory was DU's largest in the series since a 72-55 win at Ryan Center on Jan. 21, 2004 ... DU's ,566 shooting performance was its third-best of the season and best since shooting a season-high .623 at UMass Lowell on Dec. 21.

Micah Mason leads the nation in 3-point shooting at .581 (50-86). He as hit at least three 3-pointers in seven of his past 10 games.

Ovie Soko is the only A-10 player ranked in the Top 10 in scoring (18.4) and rebounding (8.0). He is the only non-guard among the conference's Top 12 scorers.

• Freshman forward L.G. Gill, who scored 22 points in his first 10 A-10 games, came off the bench to score 19 in 20 minutes at URI. Gill, who entered the game 10-of-45 from the arc, hit 5-of-6 3-point attempts against the Rams.

• DU's .566 shooting at URI was its best since its season-high .623 at UMass Lowell on Dec. 21.

• 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 and eclipsed the eight-win mark with an 83-81 victory over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 25.

• 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.

• Five of the Dukes' top seven scorers are first year players: UAB transfer Ovie Soko (18.4 ppg.), first-year Drake transfer Micah Mason (10.0), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (9.8), JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White (8.5) and freshman Desmond Ridenour (5.3).

• Nine players have scored 10 or more and six are averaging at least 6.9 points per game for the Dukes who are averaging 74.5 ppg. (T5th in A-10).

• The Dukes fielded their entire roster for the first time on Dec. 21 at UMass Lowell (the team was 4-5 at the time). 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. Jerry Jones also missed the opener vs. Abilene Christian.

• The Dukes have made 48 fewer free throws than their opponents have attempted. DU, which is averaging 25.9 free throw attempts per game, is outscoring its opponents by 113 points (4.7 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 10.0), has had two games with 20 attempts (vs. Pitt & St. Bonaventure).

Ovie Soko (18.4, 8.0), who has scored in double digits 22 times, ranks second in the A-10 in scoring. Soko saw a streak of five consecutive 20-point games - including a career-high 29 in the A-10 opener vs. Fordham - 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. Soko scored 29 points in three games following his 29-point outburst vs. Fordham, before scoring a game-high 18 against Saint Louis. He has scored 20 or more in five of his past seven games with the exceptions being a 13-11 double-double at George Washington & 19-12 double-double at Rhode Island.

• First-year Drake transfer Micah Mason, the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference last season (40-of-79, .506), leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.581). The sophomore guard was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Nov. 8 - the day before the season opener against Abilene Christian - and responded by drilling 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 West Virginia, 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. He had his top A-10 outing with five 3-pointers on seven attempts in scoring 15 points vs. Saint Louis and matched that with five more in six attempts vs. St. Bonaventure (15 points). Mason is 50-of-86 from the arc (.581) with 52 assists and 9 turnovers this season (5.8-to-1 ratio).

• Mason has shot 50 percent or better from the 3-point arc in 15 of 19 games. The only exceptions were the season-opener against Abilene Christian (1-of-4), at VCU (0-of-4), at George Washington (3-of-8) & vs. Richmond (3-of-7). He has hit at least one 3-pointer in 18 of the 19 games he's played and has hit four or more in a game six times. Nearly 75 percent of his career field goal attempts have come from beyond the 3-point arc. He is shooting .545 from 3-point for his career (90-of-165).

• 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 (9.5 ppg.) leads the team with 81 assists (1.93-1 assist-to-turnover ratio). He has scored in double digits in seven of 11 Atlantic 10 games. His running 3-pointer at the horn gave the Dukes an 83-81 A-10 win over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 25. He followed that by scoring all 11 of his points in the final 4:50 of DU's come-from-behind win at NJIT. The Dukes, who trailed by 10 with 9:32 left, took the lead for good on the second of back-to-back  Colter 3-pointers with 3:58 left. Colter has started every game in his Duquesne career (54).

• 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 .628 (2nd best in the A-10). McKoy, who has had at least six rebounds in 20 of 24 games, has scored in double digits 14 times. He posted his first career double-double (12-10) vs. Penn State and followed that with a career-high 16 points and 10 more boards vs. Robert Morris. He posted back-to back double-doubles in his first two A-10 games: 10-10 in the opener vs. Fordham and 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. La Salle. He has led DU in rebounding in six of 11 A-10 games and has scored in double digits in eight of his past 13 outings.

• Sophomore forward Jeremiah Jones who, like Colter, has played in every game in his Duquesne career (54 and counting with 46 starts), has established himself as one of the Dukes' top defenders. Jones, who is averaging 25.8 min/g., has 42 assists and 23 turnovers this season after having 28 and 28 last year. He has scored in double figures nine times.

• 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. He added eight points and six assists all in 13 second-half minutes at Saint Joseph's and followed that with eight more points and four steals at VCU. He had this third eight-point game (4-5 form field) at URI. The Ohio native's  48 assists rank third on the team.

• Senior Jerry Jones has scored in double digits three 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. He tied his career high with four 3-pointers - including three in the last 59 seconds - in scoring 14 at Saint Joseph's. Jones has 32 assists and 12 turnovers on the season.

• 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 11 times (six 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. He had 20 points in his first six A-10 games prior to scoring all of his 13 points in 13 second-half minutes at La Salle. White is averaging 3.6 ppg. with two double-digit scoring games in A-10 play. The Dukes are 7-4 when he scores 10 or more.

• Freshman forward L.G. Gill, who has seen action in 23 of 24 games, came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points at Rhode Island on Feb. 15. Gill, who made 10 of his first 45 3-point attempts in his first 22 games, drilled 5-of-6 from beyond the arc at URI. Gill's previous high game was 7 points (four times). Earlier in the season, the Richmond native made a highlight reel play with a block of 7-0 St. Bonaventure center Youssou Ndoye's dunk attempt in an 83-81 DU win. Gill's 19 points at Rhody are the most by a Duke off the bench this year and most by a player off the bench since Jerry Jones scored 22 last year at Appalachian State (Nov. 28, 2012):


19 - L.G. Gill at Rhode Island (Feb. 15)
18 - Micah Mason at West Virginia (Nov. 17)
15 - Tra'Vaughn White at UMass Lowell (Dec. 21)
15 - Tra'Vaughn White Albany (Nov. 20)

• Duquesne began the week 39th in NCAA Division I for fewest total turnovers (267, 11.1/g.). The Dukes also rank 38th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33).

• DU won three in a row on the road for the first time since 2010-11 (five straight) in late December (at Saint Francis, at UMass Lowell and at Texas-Pan American). DU's five road wins have more than doubled last year's total (2-12). Duquesne's four non-conference road wins tied the school record set in 2009 and matched in 2011. The 2014 Dukes' .800 winning pct. in road non-conference games (4-1) is the best in school history.

• DU is playing 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: Duquesne returns to Pittsburgh for its second-to-last home game when it hosts Dayton at CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday, Feb. 22. DU will honor seniors Jerry Jones and Ovie Soko prior to the 2:00 p.m. tip.




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