Feb. 20, 2012
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GAME 27 / DAYTON (16-10, 6-6) at DUQUESNE (15-11, 6-6)
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 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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Television: CBS Sports Network (regional)
Tom McCarthy (pxp), John Griffin (analyst)
The Comcast Network in Pittsburgh
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Duquesne (15-11, 6-6), coming off a 78-59 loss at Atlantic 10-leading Temple, returns home to host Dayton (16-10, 6-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:00 in game that will be televised regionally by CBS Sports Network. DU, which is 9-1 after a loss this season, is looking for a sweep of the Flyers who the Dukes defeated 83-73 at UD on Feb. 1.
Dayton is one of three A-10 opponents the Dukes will face home-and-home this season, the others are St. Bonaventure (home W, road L) and Saint Louis (road L, home on 3/2).
Dayton and Massachusetts have played the fewest road games among the A-10's 14 schools ... the Flyers are 2-6 on the road with wins at Temple and at Fordham (OT) ... DU, which has won three of the last four against Dayton in Pittsburgh, is 10-3 at home (4-2 in the A-10 home games).
Duquesne, which lost 16 in a row to Dayton from 1997 through 2004, is 7-6 against the Flyers in the past 13 games ... the two have split home wins in each of the past two seasons.
Nine of DU's first 12 conference games have been against RPI Top 100 schools (Rhode Island, Richmond & Fordham are the exceptions) ... Dayton (68 RPI) is the tenth.
According to Basketball State, Duquesne has faced the fifth-toughest schedule among the Atlantic 10's 14 schools (through Sunday): Saint Joseph's (39th), Dayton (48th), Temple (56th), Xavier (57th), DUQUESNE (60th), George Washington (64th), Saint Louis (67th), Richmond (94th), Rhode Island (95th), St. Bonaventure (96th), La Salle (121st), Charlotte (123rd), UMass (141st) and Fordham (154th).
This is the fourth consecutive season the Dukes have posted 15 or more wins ... it is the longest streak since 1968-73 (15+ wins in six straight seasons).
The Dukes, who led the nation is assists (17.8), steals (9.9) and turnover margin (+6.7) last year are averaging 15.5 assists and 8.0 steals ... DU began the week ranked third in NCAA Division I in turnover margin (+5.3) behind Syracuse (+6.6) and VCU (+5.8).
Senior guard Eric Evans enters the Dayton game needing three assists to become the 10th 1,000-point/300 assist man in school history (1,004/297) ... Evans reached the 1,000-point mark with a layup at the 18:13 mark of the second half against Fordham on Feb. 15.
Duquesne is 10-3 at home (includes a win over Penn State at CONSOL Energy Center) ... the Dukes are 56-27 at the Palumbo Center under Ron Everhart, including a 51-18 mark over the past five seasons ... over the past five seasons, the Dukes are 24-12 in conference home games at Palumbo.
This is the fifth consecutive season the Dukes have posted double-digit home wins (currently 10-3) ... the last time DU strung together five or more consecutive seasons with 10 or more home wins was from 1967-68 through 1973-74 (seven times) ... Duquesne posted double-digit home wins twice in the 25 seasons prior to head coach Ron Everhart's arrival in 2006-07.
The Dukes hit the road for back-to-back games at George Washington (Feb. 25) and at Charlotte (Feb. 29) before concluding the regular season at home against Saint Louis on March 3. B.J. Monteiro, Eric Evans and student manager Brian Collins will be recognized before the SLU game as part of Senior Day ceremonies.
THE SERIES: Dayton leads the overall series 44-22, including a 22-8 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season games and a 16-13 edge in games played at Pittsburgh ... Duquesne, which lost 16 in a row to Dayton from 1997 through 2004, is 7-6 against the Flyers in the past 13 games ... the two have split home wins in each of the past two seasons ... DU took the first meeting this season, 83-73 at Dayton on Feb. 1 ... last year the Dukes defeated UD by an 82-64 score at CONSOL Energy Center ... the 18-point margin of victory was DU's largest in the series since a 91-67 home win (+24) on Jan. 19, 1976 ... Duquesne has won three of the past four meetings in Pittsburgh ... sixth-year DU head coach Ron Everhart is 6-4 versus the Flyers.
FLYERS THIS YEAR: Dayton (16-10, 6-6), picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll of Atlantic 10 coaches and media, is 2-6 on the road with conference wins at Temple (87-77) and at Fordham (72-70 in OT) ... first-year Southern Illinois transfer junior Kevin Dillard 13.0, 151 assists, 38 steals) has led the way for the Flyers ... Dillard, Mr. Illinois Basketball in 2008, was named MVP of the 2011 Old Spice Classic after averaging 15.3 ppg. in UD wins over Wake Forest, Fairfield and Minnesota ... 6-6 senior forward Chris Johnson (12.1), a preseason second team All-A-10 pick, is closing in on the 1,400 career point mark ... 6-9, 250-pound junior F/C Matt Kavanaugh has thrived under first-year head coach Archie Miller ... Kavanaugh, who averaged 1.9 ppg. in 32 games last year, brings a 9.3 ppg. average into Wednesday's game ... UD is coming off an 86-83 overtime loss at Xavier on Saturday.
GOOD WEEK FOR B.J.: Forward B.J. Monteiro is coming off his best week since earning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 2 ... the 6-5 senior averaged 25.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a home win over Fordham and loss at Temple ... scored 23 of his career-high 30 in the first half against Fordham ... it was the first 20-point half by a DU player since 2009 ... added 8 boards against the Rams ... followed that with 20 points and 6 rebounds at league-leading Temple ... shot .586 from the field (17-of-29), including 5-of-7 from the 3-point arc for the week.
TEMPLE LEFTOVERS: Notes from Duquesne's 78-59 loss at Temple on Saturday ... Duquesne shot .365 in dropping its ninth in a row at Temple ... Juan Fernandez went 6-of-7 from the 3-point arc in scoring 20 points for the Owls ... Khalif Wyatt added a game-high 24 as TU shot .577 including 10-of-19 from 3-point ... Duquesne went 1-of-8 from 3-point in scoring 28 points in the second half ... the Dukes were 5-of-17 from the arc and 8-of-14 from the foul line for the game ... B.J. Monteiro was the only DU player in double figures with 20 points ... it was the second time this season he has had back-to-back 20-plus point games (Monteiro had a career-high 30 vs. Fordham last Wednesday) ... second-leading scorer Sean Johnson was 0-of-8 with 2 points in 22 minutes ... Eric Evans was 0-of-4 with 1 point in 19 minutes ... Mike Talley scored 9 points off the bench ... T.J. McConnell had 8 points and a game-high 4 steals ... DU outrebounded TU 34-32 ... there were three ties and five lead changes in the game's first 10 minutes before Fernandez hit four 3-pointers in a 4:29 span to give the Owls some breathing room ... DU cut it to nine on a Monteiro dunk with 9:27 left before Temple answered with a Rahim Hollis-Jefferson dunk eight seconds later to regain momentum ... TU maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
0 Andre Marhold
Junior Andre Marhold has started 18 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 46 offensive rebounds ... shooting .510 from the field and .443 from the foul line ... leads the team with 18 dunks and 36 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) ... the injury ended his streak of 20 consecutive games played - including the first 18 games in 2011-12 ... had six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes at Temple.
1 Mike Talley
One-third of sophomore Mike Talley's points have come from the foul line (66 of 197 total points) ... a .389 3-point shooter as a freshman, Talley is shooting .233 from the arc (17-of-73) ... he is at .348 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 ... went 2-of-4 from the arc at Dayton ... is 1-of-10 from 3-point in four games since.
2 P.J. Torres
Freshman P.J. Torres has seen action in nine games including four of the past five 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) ... logged six additional minutes vs. Fordham ... totaled two steals in four minutes at Temple.
3 Eric Evans
Senior Eric Evans reached the 1,000 point mark with a layup at the 18:13 mark of the second half vs. Fordham on Feb. 15 ... needs three assists to become the 10th 1,000-300 player in school history (has 1,004 points and 297 assists entering the Dayton game) ... has played in 114 career games with 60 starts ... has 67 assists and 29 turnovers (2.3-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 26 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 .730 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 ... had five assists in 25 turnover-free minutes vs. Fordham ... was held without a field goal (1 pt., 0-of-4) for the first time this season at Temple.
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 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 in 24 minutes vs. Richmond ... added 14 points against the Spiders ... has 30 turnovers in 50 career games ... shooting 21-of-58 (.362) 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 .495 ... third on team with 37 offensive boards ... has started eight times and 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 leads the team in assists (5.6 apg.) and steals (3.0 spg.) ... his steals per game average leads the nation ... his current assists/g. average is the seventh-best single-season mark in school history ... is averaging 2.91 steals per game for his career (169 in 58 games) ... has a 2.3-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio (286-126) ... has started 56 of his 58 career games played ... is shooting .507 for his career (.518 this season) ... began the week as one of 11 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 146 assists are 14 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 ... has had five steals in a game five times, including back-to-back games vs. Green Bay & UDC (also at Western Michigan & vs. Fordham) ... has had at least two steals in 23 of 26 games ... has led or tied for the team lead in assists 22 times ... has also led DU in rebounding seven times ... handed out nine assists with one turnover vs. Houston Baptist ... is 17-of-31 (.548) from the 3-point arc and .909 (20-of-22) from the foul line in Atlantic 10 play.
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 ... has bounced back from an 0-of-6 start to shoot .386 from the 3-point arc ... is 17-of-38 from the arc (.447) in his past 20 games ... leads the team with eight charges taken ... is 4-of-6 from 3-point in his past three games.
23 B.J. Monteiro
Senior B.J. Monteiro enters the Dayton game tied for 24th on DU's scoring list with 1,156 points ... his 116 games played and 78 career blocks rank fifth all-time ... scored a then 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 (26.0, 11.0 and 4.0a on 66.7% shooting) ... topped his career high with 30 (9-of-11 from foul line) vs. Fordham on Feb. 12 ... completed his double-double vs. HBU with four minutes left in the first half ... 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 ... 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 pts., 7 rebs., 2 stls. in 29 min. 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 ... added 20 more at Temple ... Monteiro, who shot .376 as a freshman, .465 as a sophomore and .464 as a junior, is shooting .484 in 2012 ... Monteiro, who entered the season a .502 career free throw shooter, is 59-of-97 from the line (.608) this year ... has scored in double digits 57 times and topped the 20-point mark 11 times ... has started 82 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.
32 Sean Johnson
Sean Johnson has scored in double digits in 21 of 26 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 121 free throws (.785) ... came off the bench in 59 of 62 games as a freshman and sophomore ... has started 23 of 26 games this year ... 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 .440 & .375 this year ... has scored in single digits in four of his past seven games (0-of-8 with two points at Temple on Sat.).
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 ... had five rebounds in 18 minutes at Temple to match his reobound total in DU's four previous games.
35 Derrick Martin
Redshirt freshman Derrick Martin has seen action in nine of DU's past 14 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.
FAMILIAR NAME, NEW FACE: Rich Piekarski, a back-up safety for the DU football team, began practicing with the basketball team on Nov. 21 - two days after the season finale against Robert Morris. The 6-2 guard, who was an outstanding quarterback/point guard at Hudson High School in Hudson, Ohio, played in all 11 games for DU's 9-2 NEC co-Championship team (7-1 in league play) at safety. Piekarski, who served as the holder for placekicks, was part of a secondary that led the nation's Football Championship Subdivision in pass defense. He had 10 tackles, one interception and recovered a pair of fumbles as a member of DU's nickel and dime defensive packages. Piekarski's uncle, Bill, played basketball for the Dukes from 1974-77. Another uncle, Dave, played for Duquesne's freshman team. A third uncle, Gene, also graduated from DU. Piekarski, who redshirted with the football team in 2010, hasn't played basketball since averaging 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for Hudson in 2009-10. Piekarski, a third team all-state and first team all-district quarterback, was also an honorable mention Division I All-Ohio basketball player. Piekarski's first game in uniform was on Nov. 26 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. He saw his first action on Dec. 31 against Houston Baptist and showed his passing skills with two assists in the final minute of a 118-72 win. Piekarski had a pair of tackles in DU's 22-13 football win at Dayton on Sept. 10.