April 9, 2014
2014 Season Review
Second-year head coach Jim Ferry guided a Duquesne team that opened the season with eight first-year scholarship players to a 13-17 finish (5-11 in the Atlantic 10) in 2013-14.
The Dukes, picked to finish last in the preseason poll of league coaches and media, ended up with the 10th seed at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Led by conference-leading scorer Ovie Soko (18.4 ppg.), a third team all-Atlantic 10 pick, DU played some of its best basketball in February and March highlighted by a 71-64 win at No. 10 (AP) Saint Louis on Feb. 27.
The Dukes, who managed to either lead or tie for the lead in the second half of 23 of 30 games, suffered a number of close losses late in conference play. DU rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to take a three-point lead with 2:24 left in a 71-67 loss at St. Bonaventure on Feb. 19. In their next game, the Dukes jumped out to a 17-2 lead over eventual NCAA Tournament Elite Eight participant Dayton, and led 43-25 with 18:27 left only to fall by a 57-54 score at CONSOL Energy Center.
Duquesne rallied to post the school's first road win over a Top 10 team in 52 years at SLU before returning home to take UMass, another NCAA Tournament team like Saint Louis, to the wire - with two possessions with a chance to tie in the final 49 seconds - in a 78-74 loss on March 5.
Soko, who also led DU in rebounding (8.0 rpg.) set school records for free throws made and attempted (195-289) as well as free throw attempts per game (9.63).
Sophomore guard Micah Mason, a first-year transfer from Drake, became the first Duquesne player to lead the nation in a statistical category by shooting a school-record .560 (65-116) from the 3-point arc. He was one assist shy of leading the nation in assist/turnover ratio as well (74-13, 5.69-to-1).
First-year JC transfer Dominique McKoy (.595) had the best-shooting season by a DU player in 23 years (fifth-best in school history) and Mason posted the top shooting season by a Dukes guard (.566) which was the ninth-best shooting mark in school annals.
Sophomore guard Derrick Colter, who had 156 assists as a freshman, added 101 in 2014 to become just the fifth player in school history to post 100 or more assists in his first two seasons.
True freshmen Desmond Ridenour and L.G. Gill gained valuable experience in 2014. Ridenour, who played in all 30 games off the bench, led the Dukes in steals (28) and finished third with 59 assists. Gill, a forward, played in 29 games and showed a glimpse of his potential by hitting 14 of his last 27 3-point attempts after a 8-of-39 start.
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.
DU ranked 19th nationally in fewest turnovers (331), 28th in assist/turnover ratio (1.38), 32nd in assists/g (15.2), 57th in turnovers/g. (11.0), 76th in 3-pointers/g. (7.3) and 94th in scoring (73.3).
Based on the 2013-14 Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll, George Washington, Duquesne and St. Bonaventure ranked among the top three in exceeded expectations. GW, picked to finish 10th, finished third for an improvement of seven spots. Duquesne, picked to finish 13th, ended up 10th and the Bonnies, picked 12th finished 9th. DU and SBU showed three spot increases.
The Dukes led the Atlantic 10 in assists/g. and assist/turnover ratio.
Four of Duquesne's conference losses came by four or fewer points, including the last three. 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, missed a free throw with a chance to tie it with :18 left vs. Dayton three days later. The Dukes also had three possessions down two in the final 1:43 vs. UMass.
The Dukes posted wins over NCAA Tournament participants Albany and Saint Louis.
Duquesne was one of only 16 Division I schools with a better winning percentage on the road (.538) than at home (.400). DU's home vs. road percentage gap (.138) was the largest in the country. DU won three of its last four road games.
Duquesne, Saint Louis and George Mason were the only three Atlantic 10 schools to have a better winning percentage on the road in league play: Duquesne (H: 2-6, R: 3-5), Saint Louis (H: 6-2, R: 7-1) & Mason (H: 1-7, R: 3-5).
DU won three in a row on the road for the first time since 2010-11 (five straight) in late December (at Saint Francis, at UMass Lowell and at Texas-Pan American). Duquesne's four non-conference road wins tied the school record set in 2009 and matched in 2011. The 2014 Dukes' .800 winning pct. in road non-conference games (4-1) was the best in school history.
This was the fifth time in the past 59 seasons (since 1955) that Duquesne won seven or more road games (1980, 1986, 2009 & 2011 are the others). DU's seven road wins more than tripled last year's total (2-12).
Micah Mason led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at .560 (65-116). He is the first DU men's player to lead the nation in an NCAA statistical category. Mason, who missed five games with a broken hand, was one assist shy of leading the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. (He had 74 assists and 13 turnovers in 25 games for a 5.69-to-1 ratio. The minimun to qualify is 3.0 assists per game, Mason finished at 2.96).
The 11 active scholarship players on the 2013-14 roster brought a combined total of 10 seasons of Division I experience into the season.
Four of the Dukes' top five scorers were first year players: UAB transfer Ovie Soko (18.4 ppg.), first-year Drake transfer Micah Mason (10.6), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (9.7) and JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White (7.4).
Eight players had multiple double-digit scoring games and six averaged at least 6.3 points per game for the Dukes who averaged 73.3 ppg.
DU was 13-5 (20-10 under Jim Ferry) when scoring 70 or more points.
The Dukes fielded their entire roster for the first time on Dec. 21 at UMass Lowell (the team was 4-5 at the time). Freshman forward Isaiah Watkins, who underwent leg surgery on Jan. 31 in his hometown of Toronto, had additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 3 keeping him out of DU's first six games. He returned to action vs. Penn State on Dec. 11. Sophomore guard Micah Mason missed five games with a broken hand suffered Nov. 20 vs. Albany. He made his return with 14 points (4-of-6 from 3-point) at UMass Lowell. Jerry Jones also missed the opener vs. Abilene Christian.
DU averaged 23.9 free throw attempts and 16.0 points per game (+3.1 ppg. more than opponents) from the charity stripe. Ovie Soko, who set school records for free throws made and attempted (195-289) as well as FTA/g (9.63), had two games with 20 attempts this year (vs. Pitt & St. Bonaventure).
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
0 Ovie Soko
Became the first Duquesne player since Bryant McAllister (19.7 ppg. in 2006) and seventh player in Duquesne history to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring (18.4 ppg.)
Totaled 564 points in three seasons (88 g.) at UAB and had 551 points in one season (30 g.) at Duquesne to give him 1,115 for his career
Was the only Atlantic 10 player ranked in the Top 10 in scoring and rebounding
Was the only forward ranked among the Atlantic 10's top 12 scorers
Ranked seventh nationally in total free throw attempts with 289 in 30 g.
Set school records for free throws made and attempted (195-289) and free throw attempts per game (9.63). The previous records of 180 makes, 258 attempts and 9.56/g. were set by two-time All-American Sihugo Green in 1956
Had two games with 20 free throw attempts in 2014 (11-20 vs. Pitt & 13-20 vs. St. Bonaventure). The 20 FTAs were the most by a Duke in 20 years
Topped the 20-point mark a team-high 13 times. It was the most 20-point games in a season since Bryant McAllister scored 20 or more 13 times in 26 games in 2005-06
Saw a streak of five consecutive 20-point games - including a career-high 29 in the A-10 opener vs. Fordham - snapped on Jan. 12 vs. La Salle (12 points). He was the first Duke to string together five consecutive 20-point games since Bryant McAllister did it in his final five games as a Duke in 2006
Led DU in scoring 19 times and rebounding 14 times (both team highs)
Led the Dukes in rebounding (8.0 rpg.)
Was the fifth Duke in the past 20 years to top the 500-point mark in a season (551). The other most recent 500-point scorers are Bill Clark (520 in 2011), Aaron Jackson (657 in 2009), Bryant McAllister (513 in 2006) and Mike James (526 in 1998)
Was the first non-guard to score 500 in a season since Derrick Alston had 639 points in 1994
Posted eight double-doubles: 17-13 vs. Abilene Christian, 19-12 at WVU, 23-13 vs. Albany, 23-12 at Saint Francis, 13-11 at George Washington, 19-12 at Rhode Island, 18-13 vs. UMass & 23-13 in the Atlantic 10 Championship vs. Richmond
35 percent of his points came from the foul line where he was 195-of-289 (.675)
Had a team-high 37 dunks
1 Derrick Colter
Has started every game in his Duquesne career (60 and counting)
Led the Dukes with 101 assists (3.4/g., 1.87-to-1 assist/turnover ratio)
Is the fifth player in DU history to reach 100 assists in each of his first two seasons (156 as a freshman)
Was second on the team with 49 3-pointers
Has never gone more than two games without a 3-pointer
Topped the 20-point mark three times with 23 against Abilene Christian, 20 vs. UMBC and 21 in the regular season finale at George Mason
Hit a career-high five 3-pointers (5-of-8) and added a career-best 8 rebounds at George Mason
Had eight assists at Texas-Pan American and seven vs. UMBC
Finished the UMBC game with 20 points, 7 assists and a career high-tying 4 steals
Scored in double digits 14 times, including nine in Atlantic 10 play
Hit at least one 3-pointer in 25 of 30 games
His coast-to-coast running 3-pointer at the horn gave the Dukes an 83-81 A-10 win over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 25
Followed the SBU game-winner by scoring all 11 of his points in the final 4:50 of DU's come-from-behind win at NJIT. The Dukes, who trailed by 10 with 9:32 left, took the lead for good on the second of back-to-back Colter 3-pointers with 3:58 left
Was just the fifth player - and first underclassman - to lead the Dukes in scoring and assists when he averaged 13.4 ppg. and 5.3 apg. as a freshman
2 Tra'Vaughn White
Scored in double digits 11 times, including six times off the bench
Started eight of the first nine games before coming off the bench in the last 21
Scored in double digits nine times in DU's first 12 games; totaled 10 or more twice in the last 18
Topped the 20-point mark twice with 20 agianst Abilene Christian and 22 against UMBC
Had five assists in a game twice: vs. Albany and UMBC
Grabbed a season-high six rebounds against Appalachian State
Scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Dukes rally from a 10-point halftime deficit in a win at Saint Francis, Pa.
Followed the SFU game with 15 points (4-of-4 from 3-point) at UMass Lowell
Had 20 points in his first six A-10 games before scoring all of his 13 points in 13 second-half minutes at La Salle
Scored 25 points in his last 10 games
Averaged 3.4 ppg. with two double-digit scoring games in A-10 play
Duquesne is 7-4 when he scores 10 or more
3 Dominique McKoy
Had the best shooting season by a Duquense player in 23 years at .595 (116-195)
His .595 FG pct ranked second in the A-10 and was the fifth-best single-season mark in school history
Missed just seven shots in the month of December (24-of-31, 10.7 ppg. in six December g.)
Was second on team in rebounding at 7.2 rpg.
A model of consistency, had at least six rebounds in 25 of 30 games
Led the team in rebounding 13 times (second to Ovie Soko's 14)
Led the team with 35 blocks including a career-high five at La Salle
Scored in double digits 18 times
Posted his first career double-double (12-10) vs. Penn State and followed that with a career-high 16 points and 10 more boards vs. Robert Morris. Added back-to back double-doubles in his first two A-10 games: 10-10 in the opener vs. Fordham and 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. La Salle
5 Jerry Jones
Came off the bench in 28 games
Scored in double digits four times: 14 vs. UMBC, 10 vs. Robert Morris, 14 at Saint Joe's & 19 at No. 10 (AP) Saint Louis
Came off the bench to score a season-high 19 points in 20 minutes - including 16 in the final 12:15 - to spark the Dukes to a 71-64 win at No. 10 (AP) Saint Louis
Went 8-of-10 from the the field (3-of-4 from 3-point) against the Billikens
Had 14 points in 20 minutes in the win over UMBC and two games later added 10 points and a career-high six assists in 23 turnover-free minutes vs. Robert Morris
Tied his career high with four 3-pointers, including three in the last :59, in scoring 14 at Saint Joseph's
Had 42 assists and 17 turnovers on the season (2.47-to-1)
13 Isaiah Watkins
Underwent leg surgery in his hometown of Toronto on Jan. 31
Had additional arthoscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 3 keeping him out of DU's first six games
Made his first appearance on Dec. 11 against Penn State where he grabbed a season-high five rebounds
Played in 16 games all off the bench
Scored a season high four points four times (at George Washington last)
Posted three steals in back-to-back games vs. La Salle and at Saint Joseph's
Played a season-high 12 min. three times (vs. Penn State, at Saint Joseph's & at George Washington)
Saw action in two of the final seven games of the season
22 Micah Mason
Led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at .560 (65-116). It tied the ninth-best 3-point shooting season in NCAA history
Is the first Duquesne player to lead the nation in a statistical category
He would have led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio as well with one more assist. His 74 assists in 25 games were one shy of the NCAA three per game minimum. Finished with a 5.69-to-1 assist/turnover ratio (74-13) in 25 games
Led the Atlantic 10 with a 5.3-to-1 ratio in 16 conference games (53-10). His ratio was more than two times better than runner-up Charlton Kloof of St. Bonaventure (2.4-to-1)
His 3-point percentage, in addition to being the best in Duquesne history, was the best by a D-I player in 22 years
Is shooting .538 from 3-point for his career (105-of-195)
Was the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2013 (40-of-79, .506)
Was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Nov. 8 - the day before the season opener against Abilene Christian - and responded by drilling a 3-pointer on his first touch in a Dukes uniform, 28 seconds after entering the ACU game
Had his breakout game with 18 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting at West Virginia, before breaking a bone in his right hand in the first half of DU's 70-59 win over Albany three days later. The injury sidelined him for five games
Hit four "3"s in his return at UMass Lowell on Dec. 21 and added four more in the Dec. 29 win at UTPA
Had three games with five 3-pointers: 5-7 at WVU, 5-7 vs. Saint Louis & 5-6 vs. St. Bonaventure
Had two of his top 3-point shooting days against Saint Louis' nation's-best 3-point defense. Was 5-of-7 from the arc in scoring 15 points vs. the Billikens on Jan. 22 and added a career-high 22 (4-of-5 from 3-point) in DU's 71-64 win at SLU on Feb. 27, making him 9-of-12 from the arc in two games vs. Saint Louis
Went 6-of-8 from the field (4-of-5 from 3-point) in scoring a career-high 22 points in a win at #10 (AP) Saint Louis
Shot 50 percent or better from the 3-point arc in 19 of 25 games. The only exceptions were the season-opener against Abilene Christian (1-of-4), at VCU (0-of-4), at George Washington (3-of-8), vs. Richmond (3-of-7), vs. Dayton (2-7) & vs. Richmond at the A-10 Championship (0-2)
Was named A-10 co-Player of the Week following the SLU game which marked DU's first road win over at Top 10 team since 1962
Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at NJIT
Handed out a career-best seven assists vs. Fordham
Had five or more assists in a game seven times
Had 15 zero turnover games
Hit at least one 3-pointer in 23 of the 25 games he played. Hit four or more in a game nine times
Nearly 75 percent of his career field goal attempts have come from beyond the 3-point arc
Was 20-of-24 (.833) from the foul line
Had the highest offensive efficiency rating in the nation (all players) according to KenPom.com
23 Jeremiah Jones
Has played in every game in his Duquesne career (60 and counting with 52 starts)
Has started 41 consecutive times
Had 49 assists and 31 turnovers as a sophomore after posting 28 and 28 his freshman year
Scored in double figures nine times with a high of 13 vs. Pitt
Scored in double digits eight times in DU's first 13 games and once in the last 17
His last double-digit game was Jan. 18 at VCU (10 points)
Totaled a career-high nine rebounds at UTPA and posted a career-best six assists at UMass Lowell
32 Desmond Ridenour
Played in all 30 games off the bench
Was third on the team with 58 assists
Led the team with 28 steals
Scored all nine of his points in 14 first-half minutes against Pitt
Scored a season-high 11 points at Saint Francis
Added eight points and a season-high six assists all in 13 second-half minutes at Saint Joseph's
Had eight points and a season-best four steals at VCU
Had a season-high five rebounds against both Appalachian State and at George Mason
Had his fourth eight-point game (4-5 from field) at Rhode Island
33 L.G. Gill
Played in 29 of 30 games with a season-high 20 minutes at Rhode Island
Came off the bench to score a career-high 19 at Rhode Island on Feb. 15
Was 10-of-45 from 3-point before drilling 5-of-6 from beyond the arc at URI
Hit three 3's in a span of 2:03 of the first half to break open what became an 81-69 win at George Mason
Ended up with 16 points (4-of-6 from 3 point) at George Mason. Missed his first two shots before finishing 5-of-7 from the field
Went 8-of-39 from the arc in his first 20 games and 14-of-27 from long distance in his last nine
Scored 57 of his 105 points in the last nine games of the season
Scored seven points four times: vs. UMBC, at UMass Lowell, at VCU and vs. George Mason
Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds to go with his seven points in the first meeting with George Mason
Made a highlight reel block of 7-0 St. Bonaventure center Youssou Ndoye's dunk attempt in an 83-81 DU win over the Bonnies on Jan. 29
Scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. Richmond at the A-10 Championship
Posted two of Duquesne's top bench point games of the season
54 Darius Lewis
Played in 10 games off the bench
Logged a season-high 10 minutes against Pitt and at Saint Joseph's
Had a season-best four rebounds at Saint Joseph's
Also had three rebounds in a game twice: vs. Abilene Christian and Pitt
Did not play in the final 12 games of the season
Saw his last action on Jan. 25 vs. St. Bonaventure
Scored his last basket on Jan. 2 vs. Appalachian State