Dukes Take On UMass Sunday At 1 PM
Feb. 22, 2003
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003 - 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Amherst, Massachusetts - Mullins Center (9,493)
DUKES AT UMASS
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.
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.
LOOKING FOR NO. 2
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.
A REAL "WISE" GUY
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.
NO. 700 FOR NEE
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:
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.
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.