March 3, 2014
Game 28: UMASS (22-6, 9-5) at DUQUESNE (12-15, 4-10)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • 7:00 EST • Pittsburgh, Pa. • A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
The Last Meeting
January 17, 2013
Dukes Fall at UMass, 79-66
Chaz Williams scored 22 points and handed out nine assists to lead Massachusetts to a 79-66 win over Duquesne at Mullins Center.
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Duquesne (12-15, 4-10), coming off a 71-64 win at No. 10 (AP)/No. 8 (Coaches) Saint Louis on Feb. 27, faces UMass (22-6, 9-5) on Wed., Mar. 5 at 7:00 (ET) in the final home game of the 2013-14 regular season (WPGB-FM 104.7). UMass, which is 6-4 on the road (3-4 in A-10 play), is coming off an 86-79 loss at Dayton on Saturday.
SERIES QUICK NOTES
• This This is the 62nd game in a series that dates back to Jan. 11, 1975 ... Massachusetts leads the series 36-25, with Duquesne holding a 14-12 edge in games at Pittsburgh.
• The series had been one of home court advantage until recently as UMass has won three of the past four in Pittsburgh, while Duquesne has won two of its past four at Amherst.
• Danny Nee’s Dukes snapped a 16-game series losing streak (dating back to 1991) with a 78-69 win over the Minutemen on February 6, 2002 at the Palumbo Center. Of the last 15 meetings, UMass has won eight and Duquesne seven. Last year, Chaz Williams had 22 points and 9 assists in a 79-66 Minutemen win at Mullins Center.
ON THE MINUTEMEN
• UMass, which is among “others receiving votes” in the AP and Coaches polls, has been ranked for a total of 10 weeks this season (last on Jan. 27) ... the Minutemen reached a high of No. 13 in the AP and T-12 in the Coaches on Jan. 20 ... senior guard Chaz Williams, the only Atlantic 10 player named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 list, is a contender for A-10 Player of the Year ... Williams (15.6 ppg., 7.1 apg.) has 1,899 career points, 810 assists and 241 steals ... UMass is 6-4 on the road, with all four losses coming in conference play (3-4).
SAINT LOUIS LEFTOVERS
Leftovers from DU’s 71-64 win over No. 10 (AP)/#8 (Coaches) Saint Louis on Feb. 27: Duquesne, down seven with just over 13 minutes left, closed the game with a 36-22 run to post its first road win over a Top 10 team since 1962 ... DU finished strong, making 12 of its last 15 shots after SLU had taken its largest lead at 42-35 with just under 14 minutes left ... Micah Mason, who went 4-of-5 from 3-point in scoring a career-high 22 points, started Duquesne’s game-closing run with a 30+-foot 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer ... Jerry Jones, who added 19 points in 20 minutes off the bench, scored 16 in the final 12:15 ... Ovie Soko added 12 points for the Dukes who assisted on 19 of 24 field goals ... DU went 8-of-15 from the 3-point arc (7-of-9 from Mason & Jones) against the nation’s top ranked 3-point defense ... the Dukes held the Billikens to .174 (4-23) 3-point shooting ... it was just the third home conference loss for Saint Louis in the past three years ... the only other team to defeat SLU at home this season is No. 2 (AP) Wichita State ... DU, which shot .149 in the second half of a 57-54 loss to Dayton in its previous outing, shot .556 in the second half ... Duquesne’s largest lead was 10 (69-59) with :16 remaining in the second half ... Saint Louis’ largest lead was 7 (42-35) with 13:06 left ... there were three ties and nine lead changes ... Duquesne took the lead for good on a Dominique McKoy jumper with 11:06 to go.
• Micah Mason leads the nation in 3-point shooting at .566 (60-106). He is averaging 2.8 3-pointers per game and has 45 assists with just 8 turnovers in 14 Atlantic 10 games.
• Ovie Soko is the only A-10 player ranked in the Top 10 in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (7.7). He is the only non-guard among the conference’s top 12 scorers.
• Senior Jerry Jones scored 16 of his season-high 19 points in the final 12:15 of Duquense’s 71-64 win at Saint Louis on Feb. 27. The Detroit native is 5-of-8 from the 3-point arc and has five steals in his past two games.
• Duquesne, which is looking to snap a three-game home losing streak, is one of only 17 Division I schools with a better winning percentage on the road (.500) than at home (.429).
• Senior F Ovie Soko (18.2 ppg.) began the week just behind Fordham’s Jon Severe (18.3 ppg.) in the A-10 scoring race. Soko, who has scored over 35% of his points from the foul line, ranks third nationally in total free throw attempts with 262 in 27 g. The two ahead of him - Antoine Mason of Niagara (239 in 31g.) and Patrick Miller of Tennessee St. (268 in 30 g.) - have both played in more games. Soko’s 9.70 FTAs/g. are on school record pace.
• Sophomore G Micah Mason's 39 3-pointers in conference play began the week tied with Saint Joseph’s Langston Galloway for the most by any A-10 player. Mason, who has 62 assists and 11 turnovers, has the highest offensive efficiency rating in the nation (all players) according to KenPom.com.
A SHARP SHOOTER
Micah Mason, who is having the seventh-best 3-point shooting season in NCAA history - and best by a D-I player in 22 years - is on pace to shatter Duquesne’s 3-point shooting percentage record:
TOP 3-POINT SHOOTING SEASONS IN DUQUESNE HISTORY - (min 100 attempts)
.566 MICAH MASON, So. (2014) 22g (60-106)
.441 Courtney Wallace, Sr. (2001) 30g (60-136)
.429 Jimmy Tricco, Jr. (2003) 30g (76-177)
.426 Tony Petrarca, Fr. (1987) 29g (52-122)
.425 Tom Pipkins, Sr. (1997) 27g (99-233)
TOP 3-POINT SHOOTING SEASONS IN NCAA HISTORY
.634 Glenn, Tropf, Holy Cross (1988) -- 52-82
.632 Sean Wightman, Western Michigan (1992) -- 48-76
.592 Keith Jennings, East Tennessee State (1991) -- 84-142
.585 Dave Calloway, Monmouth (1989) -- 48-82
.573 Steve Kerr, Arizona (1988) -- 114-199
.571 Reginald Jones, Prairie View (1987) -- 64-112
.566 MICAH MASON, DUQUESNE (2014) -- 60-106
.564 Jim Cantamessa, Siena (1998) -- 66-117
.563 Joel Tribelhorn, Colorado State (1989) -- 76-135
.560 Mike Joseph, Bucknell (1988) -- 65-116
• The 2013-14 Dukes matched last season’s win total (8-22) with their 87-81 Atlantic 10-opening win over Fordham on Jan. 8 and eclipsed the eight-win mark with an 83-81 victory over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 25.
• Three of Duquesne’s conference losses have come by four or fewer points, including the past two. DU led Saint Louis by two with 51 seconds left on Jan. 22, trailed by two with a chance to tie it at the line with :17 left on Feb. 19 at St. Bonaventure and missed a free throw with a chance to tie it with :18 left vs. Dayton three days later.
• Duquesne began the week 27th in NCAA Division I for fewest total turnovers (300, 11.1/g.). The Dukes also ranked 36th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at the start of the week (currently 1.33).
UP NEXT: Duquesne concludes the regular season at George Mason on Saturday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by MASN (available on DISH and DirectTV only locally)