Dukes Take On UMass Sunday At 1 PM

Feb. 22, 2003

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DUQUESNE (9-16, 3-9) at MASSACHUSETTS (10-14, 4-7)
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003 - 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Amherst, Massachusetts - Mullins Center (9,493)

DUQUESNE RADIO: KQV-AM (1410) with Ray Goss & George Von Benko
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Duquesne (9-16, 3-9) heads to Amherst to face a well-rested Massachusetts (10-14, 4-7) team on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at UMass' Mullins Center (KQV-AM 1410 radio & internet broadcast at www.redzonemedia.com). The Dukes, who are coming off a 78-73 win over George Washington on Wednesday, are looking to extend their winning streak to three.

UMass, whose last game was on Feb. 15 at St. Bonaventure (W, 82-76), has also won two in a row. The Minutemen are led by 6-8 senior forward Jackie Rogers (13.0, 5.5) who is coming off a career-high 26-point outing at St. Bonaventure. Junior guard Anthony Anderson (10.9, 3.5 apg.) is also averaging in double figures for UMass. The Minutemen are 7-5 at home (2-3 in conference) this season.

Duquesne, led by Jimmy Tricco's 21 points (5-of-8 3-pointers), enjoyed its best shooting night of the season (58%) vs. GW. The Dukes also outrebounded the Colonials 30-18 and posted a 42-16 edge in points in the paint. Sixth man Kevin Forney leads the Dukes in scoring at 13.5 ppg. Tricco (11.0 ppg.) and 6-9 center Ron Dokes (10.3 ppg.) are also averaging in double digits.


Massachusetts leads the overall series 28-19. The regular-season series has been one of home court advantage with UMass leading 15-5 at home and DU leading 12-9 at Pittsburgh. Duquesne snapped a 16-game series losing streak with a 78-69 home win over the Minutemen last season. The win was DU's first over the Minutemen since Feb. 9, 1991 (68-67 at home). UMass held a national ranking for eight of nine meetings between 1994 and 1998. Duquesne's last win at UMass was on Jan. 14, 1989 (88-84), a span of eight games.


# P Name Ht Yr Pts Reb Hometown Quick Facts
4 F Elijah Palmer 6-7 Jr. 9.3 5.4 Marshall, Mo. JC transfer has scored 10 or more points 11 times; DU is 7-4 in those games
14 F Simplice Njoya 6-10 So. 7.4 4.8 Yaound?, Cameroon Has two double-digit scoring games in A-10 play
41 C Ron Dokes 6-9 Jr. 10.3 5.2 South Bend, Ind. JC transfer shooting 55.6% (10-18) and averaging 13.0 ppg. in last two games
44 G Jimmy Tricco 6-8 Jr. 11.0 3.4 Phoenix, Ariz. Gonzaga transfer has hit five or more "3's" in a game six times
22 G Bryant McAllister 6-3 Fr. 7.1 2.0 Pittsburgh, Pa. True freshman leads team with 63 assists (42 in A-10 play)


# P Name Ht Yr Pts Reb Hometown Quick Facts
20 G Kevin Forney 6-4 Sr. 13.5 3.6 Philadelphia, Pa. Shooting 56.9% from field and 48.3% from the 3-point arc in A-10 play
21 F Brad Midgley 6-5 Sr. 6.4 3.3 Pittsburgh, Pa. Team-high 110 games played; averaging 11.0 ppg. in last four games
32 G Tyler Bluemling 6-2 So. 1.6 0.9 Pittsburgh, Pa. Played in all 28 games last season; averaging 6.1 minutes per game in A-10 play
42 F/C Chris Clark 6-10 Sr. 0.7 1.1 Toronto, Ontario Averaging 7.6 minutes per game as a back-up center
1 G Aly Samabaly 6-3 So. 0.4 0.7 Bamako, Mali Saw action in 23 games as a freshman; has not played in last four games


  • As a team, the Dukes are converting at a 37.8% clip from the 3-point arc. This mark is on pace to be the best in school history (the current mark of 37.5% was set in 1989-90).
  • Jimmy Tricco went 5-8 from the 3-point arc in scoring a team-high 21 vs. GW. It was the sixth time Tricco hit five or more "3's" in a game this season.
  • Tricco is hitting 44.3 percent of his three-point attempts (66-149), third in the conference. Entering this week, his 43.3% accuracy was good for 21st place in the nation.
  • And on the academic front, the Gonzaga transfer this week was one of five players named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District 2 Men's Basketball Team.
  • Brad Midgley came off the bench to add nine points and a career-high nine rebounds vs. GW. Midgley has scored in double digits in four of DU's last six games.
  • Ron Dokes has broken out of a mini-slump with 26 points on 55.6% shooting in his last two games.
  • DU is shooting 77.3% (75-97) from the foul line and averaging 75.2 ppg. in its last four games.
  • The Dukes are 6-2 this season when holding opponents under 70 points.
  • DU is 6-6 in the month of February under head coach Danny Nee.


Perhaps no team in the A-10 looks forward to Groundhog Day more than Danny Nee's Duquesne Dukes. Under Nee, DU is 6-6 in the month that annually begins with a visit from Punxatawney Phil. Last year, the Dukes posted their first winning February (4-3) - and most February wins - since 1993-94. So far, DU is 2-3 this month with back-to-back wins at Fordham and vs. George Washington.


The last time Duquesne won two in a row on the road was in December of 1994 (at St. Francis and at Robert Morris). The last time DU won two road A-10 games in a row was in Jan.-Feb. 1995 when the Dukes sandwiched a Jan. 30 road win over Temple and Feb. 11 victory at St. Bonaventure around a road loss to non-conference opponent Notre Dame.


Duquesne junior guard Jimmy Tricco was named to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District 2 Basketball Team on Thursday, Feb. 20. Tricco is the first Duke to earn district or national academic All-America honors since Bill Zoph was named to the national team in both 1969 and 1970. Tricco, who has a 3.85 GPA as a psychology major, will have his name placed on the national ballot, with the 2003 Academic All-America Basketball Team to be released on Monday, March 6. District 2 covers schools in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


The GW game was the 700th for DU head coach Danny Nee and the Dukes win made the mark that much more enjoyable. Nee, whose career record stands at 386-314 (.551) is in his 23rd season . Here is his breakdown by school: Ohio U. (174 games), Nebraska (444), Robert Morris (29) and Duquesne (53).


Since moving from point guard to the shooting guard spot prior to the San Juan Shootout, senior guard Kevin "Buzzy" Forney has been a much more effective player at the offensive end. As a two-guard, Forney is averaging 5.2 more points per game and has seen his shooting percentage increase dramatically:

    First 7 games 24-55 .436 9.7
    Last 18 games 88-169 .525 14.9

Forney climbed over the 1,000 mark in the Fordham game. He entered the contest with 996 career points and hit 1K on a free throw at the 4:07 mark in the opening stanza. Forney scored 21 points in last Satruday's 74-65 win, passing All-American Chuck Cooper (1,000 -- 1947-50) and Willie Ross (1,014 -- 1963-65) and is now in 27th place with 1,033 points, one short of Ed Dahler's mark of 1,034 (1947-50 and 16 away from Ron Guziak's total of 1,049 (1966-68). Ross and Guziak played in the era before freshmen were again eligible for varsity play.


    1. Dick Ricketts, 1952-551,963
    2. Derrick Alston, 1991-941,903
    3. Tom Pipkins, 1994-97 1,828
    4. Wayne Smith, 1998-021,820
    5. Norm Nixon, 1974-77 1,805
    6. Willie Somerset, 1962, `64-65 1,725
    7. Sihugo Green, 1954-56 1,605
    8. Bruce Atkins, 1979-82 1,533
    9. Kevin Price, 1995-981,485
    10. Rick Suder, 1983-86 1,459
    11. Mike James, 1995-98 1,411
    12. Courtney Wallace, 1998-01 1,394
    13. B.B. Flenory, 1977-80 1,382
    14. Brian Shanahan, 1986-89 1,355
    15. Jarrett Durham, 1969-71 1,339
    16. Collins Dobbs, 1985-86, `88-89 1,337
    17. Emmett Sellers, 1983-84, `86-87 1,335
    18. Tony Petrarca, 1987-91 1,213
    19. Lionel Billingy, 1972-74 1,156
    20. Ron Willard, 1963-651,148
    21. Effrem Whitehead, 1991-94 1,141
    22. John Moore, 1977-79, `81 1,122
    23. Moe Barr, 1967-69 1,094
    24. Jim Tucker, 1952-541,091
    25. Ron Guziak, 1966-68 1,049
    26. Ed Dahler, 1947-50 1,034
    29. KEVIN FORNEY, 2000- 1,033
    28. Willie Ross, 1963-65 1,014
    29. Chuck Cooper, 1947-50 1,000


Duquesne returns home to meet A-10 West leading Xavier (20-4, 11-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Wednesday's game, which will be televised by Fox Sports Net, will tip at 9:00 p.m at the Palumbo Center. The Musketeers are currently ranked No. 14 by both the Associated Press and ESPN / USA Today.




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