Feb. 23, 2012
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G28 / DUQUESNE (15-12, 6-7)at GEORGE WASHINGTON (9-18, 4-9)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 2:00 ET
Washington, D.C. Smith Center (4,338)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7
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Duquesne (15-12, 6-7), coming off back-to-back losses at Temple and at home to Dayton, hits heads to Washington, D.C. to face George Washington on Saturday, Feb. 25 (2:00 p.m.). The Dukes, who are currently in ninth place in the Atlantic 10, are in a multiple-team battle for a top eight finish. The top four teams receive byes at the A-10 Championship, while teams five through eight host first round tournament games. George Washington has a two-game lead over Fordham and Rhode Island for the 12th spot.
GW, which has lost seven of its past eight, is 5-7 at home with league victories over Rhode Island, Richmond and Charlotte ... Duquesne is 3-7 on the road indlueint a 2-4 mark in A-10 play with wins at Rhode Island and Dayton.
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.
Ten of DU's first 13 conference games have been against RPI Top 100 schools (Rhode Island (W), Richmond (W) & Fordham (W) are the exceptions) ... the Dukes' next two games are on the road against 100+ teams (174 George Washington and 153 Charlotte).
According to Basketball State, Duquesne has faced the second-toughest schedule among the Atlantic 10's 14 schools (through Wednesday): Xavier (49th), DUQUESNE (50th), Dayton (53rd), Saint Joseph's (55th), Temple (60th), George Washington (61st), Saint Louis (87th), Rhode Island (104th), Richmond (107th), La Salle (121st), St. Bonaventure (125th), Charlotte (131st), Fordham (135th) and UMass (140th).
Duquesne is averaging 61.5 points on .390 shooting (89-of-228) in its past four games (a 69-48 loss at St. Bonaventure, 77-67 win over Fordham, 78-59 loss at Temple and 74-62 loss to Dayton).
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 15.4 assists and 7.9 steals ... DU began the week ranked third in NCAA Division I in turnover margin (+5.3, currently at +5.5) behind Syracuse (+6.6) and VCU (+5.8).
Senior guard Eric Evans enters the GW game needing two assists to become the 10th 1,000-point/300 assist man in school history (1,008/298) ... Evans reached the 1,000-point mark with a layup at the 18:13 mark of the second half against Fordham on Feb. 15 ... T.J. McConnell needs six assists to both reach 300 and set a new sophomore assist mark (currently 159 by Clayton Adams in 1988-89) ... McConnell enters with 294 career assists (154 this season) ... McConnell's 154 assist are rank sixth on DU's single-season list (school record is 194 by Aaron Jackson in 34 games in 2008-09).
Duquesne is 3-7 on the road, including a 2-4 mark in A-10 play ... DU snapped George Mason's 18-game home win streak with a 75-64 victory at the Patriot Center on Dec. 21 ... it was GMU's first double-digit home loss since February of 2007 ... DU also posted its first win at Rhode Island since 2004 (78-71 on Jan. 14) ... the Dukes' 83-73 win at Dayton on Feb. 1 marked the school's largest margin of victory ever on the road against the Flyers.
Ron Everhart inherited a Duquesne program that had won a total of 17 road games in the 10 seasons prior to his arrival. In his six seasons, Everhart's Dukes have posted 32 road wins. Of the 32 wins, 24 have been by double digits. From 1996-97 through 2005-06 Duquesne posted a total of three double-digit road victories.
The Dukes play 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: George Washington leads the overall series 42-27 including a 36-22 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season games ... in games played at Washington, D.C., George Washington holds a 23-7 advantage ... the Dukes have won four in a row in the series for the first time since 1989-90 when DU won five straight ... in DU's last trip to D.C., Damain Saunders had a career-high 27 points and added 16 rebounds as Duquesne scored the final six points to pull away for a 70-63 win ... the victory, Duquesne's first at GW since 2000, ended a six-game DU losing streak at the Smith Center ... Duquesne is looking to post back-to-back wins at George Washington for the first time since 1989 & 1990 ... GW won 25 of 30 games in the series prior to head coach Ron Everhart's arrival at Duquesne prior to the 2006-07 season ... Everhart is 4-1 versus the Colonials.
GW THIS YEAR: George Washington, picked to finish 8th in the A-10 preseason poll of league coaches and media, is 9-18 overall and 4-9 in the Atlantic 10 ... the Colonials are 5-7 at home, including 3-3 in A-10 play with wins over Rhode Island, Richmond and Charlotte ... 6-1 senior Tony Taylor leads GW in scoring (13.7 ppg.) and assists (118) ... the Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. native was a preseason First Team All-Atlantic 10 pick ... 6-5 junior guard Lasan Kromah (11.1 ppg.) is back after missing last season with a Lisfranc sprain of his left foot ... Kromah, a member of the 2010 A-10 All-Rookie Team, was a preseason Third Team All-A-10 pick in 2011 prior to his injury ... 6-8 Serbian sophomore Nemanja Mikic (8.4 ppg.) leads the team with 49 3-point field goals ... nine players are averaging 13 or more minutes per game with Taylor the only one over 30 at 34.4 ... GW is sixth in the A-10 in scoring defense (67.3. ppg.) and steals (6.8 spg.) ... opponents are shooting a league-best .375 from 3-point against the Colonials ... George Washington, in its first season under head coach Mike Lonergan, has dropped seven of its last eight - including a 72-62 loss at Charlotte on Wednesday ... the Duquesne game is the first of back-to-back home games for GW which is currently in 12th place in the Atlantic 10 with a 4-9 record ... the Colonials are hoping to hold on to a top 12 A-10 finish which would insure a spot in the league championship.
DAYTON LEFTOVERS: Notes from Duquesne's 74-62 loss to Dayton on Wednesday ... the game was tied 53-53 with 6:29 left before the Flyers closed the game with a 21-9 run ... Paul Williams scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to help UD pull away ... Duquesne, which was outrebounded 41-24, was outscored 21-8 in second chance points ... UD finished with 16 offensive rebounds ... Mike Talley came off the bench to lead Duquesne with 13 points in 23 minutes ... B.J. Monteiro scored four points in the game's closing moments to finish with 10 ... T.J. McConnell had 9 points, 8 assists and 5 turnovers ... senior Eric Evans continued to struggle, going 1-of-10 from the field with 4 points in 22 minutes ... Evans is 1-of-14 (1-of-6 from 3-point) with 1 assist in his past two games ... freshman Mamadou Datt tied his season high with 8 points in 15 minutes off the bench ... Datt was 4-of-5 from the field with a pair of dunks in matching his career high set at George Mason and reached again at Saint Louis ... Datt had four points in five games (2-of-5 from the field) prior to the Dayton outburst ... junior Sean Johnson (9 points), who scored in double digits in 18 of his first 19 games, has been held to single digits in five of his last eight ... Duquesne, which forced 20 Dayton turnovers (18-11 advantage in points off turnovers), could not overcome .397 shooting (4-fo-21 from 3-point).
0 Andre Marhold
Junior Andre Marhold has started 19 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 49 offensive rebounds ... shooting .495 from the field and .444 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
Just under one-third of sophomore Mike Talley's points have come from the foul line (68 of 210 total points) ... a .389 3-point shooter as a freshman, Talley is shooting .240 from the arc (18-of-75) ... he is at .360 from the field ... has scored in double digits seven times with a season-high 16 at Western Michigan ... scored 11 of his 13 points in 13 second-half minutes in the win at Rhode Island ... scored all 15 of his points in 13 first half minutes off the bench at Dayton ... turned in an outstanding defensive performance in teaming with Eric Evans to help limit UMass guard Chaz Williams to 8 points, 4 assists and 7 turnovers in an 80-69 Dukes win on Jan. 18 ... went 5-of-8 in scoring a team-high 13 vs. Dayton on Wednesday.
2 P.J. Torres
Freshman P.J. Torres has seen action in nine games including four of the past six 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 two assists to become the 10th 1,000-300 player in school history (has 1,008 points and 298 assists entering the GW game) ... tied for sixth all-time with 115 games played (61 starts) ... has 68 assists and 30 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 15 times ... 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 .725 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 ... has scored in single digits in DU's past four games (6-of-29, .207, 4.3 ppg.).
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 51 career games ... shooting 22-of-61 (.361) 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 22-of-30 from the foul line (.733) ... was 0-of-4 from the stripe as a freshman ... shooting .491 ... third on team with 38 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 (5.7 apg.) and steals (2.9 spg.) ... his steals per game average ranks third nationally ... his current assists/g. average is the sixth-best single-season mark in school history ... is averaging 2.88 steals per game for his career (170 in 59 games) ... has a 2.2-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio (294-131) ... has started 57 of his 59 career games played ... is shooting .506 for his career (.515 this season) ... began the week as one of 11 D-I players to post a triple-double this season (15-10-11a vs. the University of the District of Columbia on Nov. 18) ... it was the second triple-double in school history ... 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 ... is one of nine players in school history with multiple 100-assist seasons (he had 140 in 32 games as a freshman) ... his 154 assists are six 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 ... has had at least two steals in 23 of 27 games ... has led or tied for the team lead in assists 23 times ... has also led DU in rebounding eight times ... handed out nine assists with one turnover vs. Houston Baptist ... is 17-of-35 (.486) from the 3-point arc and .920 (23-of-25) 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 .378 from the 3-point arc ... is 17-of-39 from the arc (.436) in his past 21 games ... leads the team with nine charges taken ... is shooting .455 from 3-point in conference play (10-of-22).
23 B.J. Monteiro
Senior B.J. Monteiro enters the GW game 24th on DU's scoring list with 1,166 points ... his 117 games played and 79 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 .479 in 2012 ... Monteiro, who entered the season a .502 career free throw shooter, is 62-of-103 from the line (.602) this year ... has scored in double digits 57 times and topped the 20-point mark 11 times ... has started 83 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 27 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 124 free throws (.774) ... came off the bench in 59 of 62 games as a freshman and sophomore ... has started 24 of 27 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 21 career "and-ones" (has made good on 21-of-27 career opportunities including 7-of-7 this year) ... entered the season shooting .442 from the field including .290 from 3-point ... has upped those percentages to .442 & .367 this year ... has scored in single digits in five of his past eight games (8.5 ppg. over that span).
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 ... tied his career high for a second time with 8 points (4-of-5 with two dunks) vs. Datyon on Feb. 22 ... attempted just 12 field goals in 11 games prior to his breakout at George Mason ... had five rebounds in 18 minutes at Temple.
35 Derrick Martin
Redshirt freshman Derrick Martin has seen action in nine of DU's past 15 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.