Duquesne Men Conclude Regular Season Home Schedule Wednesday vs. Saint Louis
March 2, 2009
SAINT LOUIS (17-11, 8-6) at DUQUESNE (17-10, 8-6)
DUQUESNE RADIO: KQV-AM (1410) with Ray Goss & George Von Benko
DUKES HOST SAINT LOUIS IN HOME FINALE: Duquesne (17-10, 8-6), coming off a tough 73-71 loss to Rhode Island on Sunday, concludes the regular season home schedule against Saint Louis (17-11, 8-6) on Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Billikens, who are in a three-way tie with Duquesne for fifth in the Atlantic 10, have been idle since a 72-55 loss at St. Bonaventure on Feb. 25. SLU, which is 2-8 on the road, has A-10 road wins at Fordham and at Richmond. This is the second meeting between Duquesne and Saint Louis. On Feb. 4, Kevin Lisch scored 21 points and Willie Reed converted a big three-point play with 12 seconds left in overtime to help SLU to a 78-74 overtime win at home. Duquesne's Aaron Jackson, who tied the game at the end of regulation, scored a game-high 29 points. Saint Louis and Duquesne are at the opposite end of the scoring spectrum. The Billikens lead the A-10 in scoring defense (60.0 ppg.), while Duquesne ranks second in the league in scoring (79.0 ppg.). SLU, who held the Dukes to 5-of-19 (.263) 3-point shooting in the first meeting, leads the nation in 3-point field goal defense (.269). Duquesne is 9-4 at home including a 4-3 record in conference home games. A-10 Player of the Year candidate senior guard Aaron Jackson leads the Dukes in scoring at 18.3 ppg. Seniors Kevin Lisch and Tommie Liddell lead Saint Louis in scoring at 14.0 ppg. and 11.9 ppg. respectively. SLU, like Duquesne, began the season with eight scholarship freshmen.
DUQUESNE LATELY: Duquesne, one of the youngest teams in the nation with seven scholarship freshmen and one scholarship upperclassman on the current 12-man roster, clinched the school's second consecutive winning season with its Feb. 22 victory at La Salle ... the last time that happened was in 1979-80 & 1980-81 ... DU has also clinched at least a .500 record in league play for just the seventh time in 32 seasons as a conference member ... senior A-10 Player of the Year candidate Aaron Jackson (18.3 ppg.) has been named conference Player of the Week a school record four times ... Jackson began the week ranked in the Top 5 in six different A-10 categories: ast/TO ratio (3rd), assists (3rd), scoring (4th), FG% (4th), minutes (4th), FT% (5th) and steals (5th) ... Jackson enters the SLU game with 154 assists ... he needs six to pass Clayton Adams (159 in 1988) for DU's fourth highest single season total ... 6-7 soph. F Damian Saunders, ranks among the nation's top 25 in steals (23rd at 2.3/g.) and blocks (24th at 2.3/g.) ... Saunders has more assists (63), blocks (62) and steals (62) than turnovers (60) ... DU's six A-10 losses have all been by single digits (-4.2 ppg.) ... only two other A-10 schools - Rhode Island and Temple - have yet to be defeated by 10 or more points in conference play ... DU began the week ranked ninth nationally in assists per game at 17.3.
THE SERIES: This is the ninth meeting between Duquesne and fourth-year Atlantic 10 member Saint Louis ... last year, seniors Kieron Achara (24 points), Gary Tucker (14 points) and Reggie Jackson (12 points) led the Dukes to an 85-58 Senior Day win over SLU at the Palumbo Center ... earlier this season the Billikens defeated the Dukes 78-74 in overtime at St. Louis ... Duquesne leads the overall series 5-3 (2-2 in A-10 regular season play) ... Saint Louis notched its first series win three year's ago at the Palumbo Center by a 70-57 score ... SLU is one of three teams the Dukes face this season ... DU swept the season series with St. Bonaventure and is 0-1 against Dayton ... Duquesne is at Dayton on Saturday.
A victory over Saint Louis would:
THEY'RE NO. 1: Duquesne will be facing a Saint Louis defense ranked first nationally in 3-point field goal defense (26.9%). SLU held DU to 26.3 percent 3-point shooting (5-of-19) in its 78-74 overtime win at St. Louis on Feb. 4. Duquesne's 19 3-point attempts were a season low. The Dukes rank 20th nationally in 3-pointers made per game (8.3). The Billikens rank 21st nationally in scoring defense at 60.0 ppg., while Duquesne began the week ranked 17th in the nation in scoring offense at 79.0 ppg.
MOVIN' ON UP: Aaron Jackson (1,264 points, 465 assists and 159 steals in 113 games) enters the SLU game 19th on Duquesne's all-time leading scorers' list. Jackson ranks third on DU's all-time assist list and tied for sixth in career steals. Jackson has scored in double digits in Duquesne's past 18 games.
RHODY LEFTOVERS: Notes from Sunday's 73-71 loss to Rhode Island ... there were at total of nine ties and four lead changes in the game ... Duquesne's largest lead was seven and Rhode Island's was six ... Aaron Jackson scored 16 of Duquesne's final 20 points ... his 3-pointer from the top of the key glanced off the front rim at the final horn ... Jackson finished with a game-high 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals ... Jason Duty and Bill Clark, who entered the game ranked third and fifth respectively in the A-10 in 3-point shooting percentage, were a combined 1-of-10 from the arc ... Eric Evans, who was 4-of-5 from the arc in last Wednesday's win at UMass, went 0-of-6 from 3-point ... for the game, the Dukes were 6-of-28 from the arc ... Bill Clark scored all 11 of his points in 14 first half minutes ... he played 12 in the second half before fouling out ... Clark has fouled out four times and finished with four fouls six times in Duquesne's past 10 games ... DU's six free throw attempts against the Rams were a season low ... the Dukes have led at the half in each of their past seven games (3-4) ... DU is 13-5 when leading at the half and 14-1 when leading with 5:00 left this season.
DID YOU KNOW?: Duquesne's Damian Saunders and Massachusetts' Tony Gaffney are the only two players in the Atlantic 10 who have accumulated more assists, steals and blocks than turnovers this season. If you take it further, in 57 career games, Saunders has 111 assists, 107 steals and 101 blocks with 92 turnovers.