Feb. 20, 2014
Game 26: DAYTON (18-8, 6-5) at DUQUESNE (11-14, 3-9)
Saturday, February 22, 2014 • 2:00 EST • Pittsburgh, Pa. • CONSOL Energy Center (flex seating up to 19,000)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Duquesne (11-14, 3-9), coming off a tough 71-67 loss at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, returns to Pittsburgh to face one of the hottest teams in the Atlantic 10 when Dayton (18-8, 6-5) - winner of five in a row - visits CONSOL Energy Center for a 2:00 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Feb. 22 (radio only 104.7 WPGB-FM). Seniors Jerry Jones and Ovie Soko, who will be playing their second-to-last home game, will be honored in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.
SERIES QUICK NOTES
• This is the 69th meeting in a series that dates to Jan. 5, 1953 ... Dayton leads 46-22, including a 24-8 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season games and a 17-13 advantage in games played at Pittsburgh.
• Duquesne, which lost 16 in a row to Dayton from 1997 through 2004, is 7-8 against the Flyers in the past 15 games.
• The Dukes defeated UD by an 82-64 score in the only other CONSOL Energy Center meeting on Jan. 30, 2011 ... the 18-point margin of victory was DU's largest in the series since Jan. 19, 1976 (a 91-67 home win, +24) ... Duquesne has won three of the past five meetings in Pittsburgh.
• The this is the second consecutive season that Dukes and Flyers are not meeting home-and-home ... the two split the season series in the three seasons prior to last year.
ON THE FLYERS
Dayton, the preseason pick to finish 7th in the A-10 dropped five of its first six conference games before rallying to win five in a row ... the Flyers, who are led by Jordan Sibert and Devin Oliver at 12.3 ppg. each, are coming off a 65-53 home win over La Salle on Wednesday in which they held the Explorers to .354 shooting and outscored La Salle 22-9 off turnovers ... Oliver, who had a 14-12 double-double vs. La Salle, also leads third-year head coach Archie Miller's Flyers in rebounds (6.8), assists (61) and steals (23) ... UD is 5-3 on the road with Atlantic 10 wins at Fordham, George Mason and St. Bonaventure.
Leftovers from DU's 71-67 loss at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday: Duquesne, which trailed by 12 at the half, fell behind by 14 early in the second only to storm back to tie it on a Micah Mason 3-pointer 3:56 in ... Mason hit two 3-pointers and Derrick Colter and Jeremiah Jones added one each to fuel the 18-4 run ... there were four ties and four lead changes the rest of the way ... DU took a three-point lead on a three-point play by Jeremiah Jones with 2:34 left only to see SBU's Matthew Wright answer with a three-point play of his own 11 seconds later ... Jones' hoop and free throw were DU's final points ... Derrick Colter missed a pair of free throws with the Dukes down two and :17 left ... Mason, who hit four 3-pointers, led the Dukes with 14 points ... Ovie Soko and Colter added 12 each ... Dominique McKoy also reached double digits with 11 ... the Dukes shot .571 in the second half and .448 for the game ... SBU shot .509 ... there were eight ties and 12 lead changes.
• This is DU's third game at CONSOL Energy Center this season. The first two were a neutral game against Pitt on Nov. 30 (L, 67-84) and a home game vs. Penn State on Dec. 11 (L, 59-68). The Dukes are 3-5 all-time as the home team in the home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
• Senior F Ovie Soko, who is tied for fourth in the A-10 at 18.2 ppg., ranks tied for third nationally in total free throw attempts with 244 (through Wednesday). His 9.76 FTAs/g. are on school record pace.
• Sophomore guard Micah Mason leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.574). His 33 3-pointers in conference play are the most by any A-10 player. Mason, who has 57 assists and 11 turnovers, has the highest offensive efficiency rating in the nation according to KenPom.com.
UP NEXT: Duquesne hits the road to face No. 10 (AP/Coaches) Saint Louis on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 ET. The game will be televised nationally by NBCSN.