UAB transfer Ovie Soko will make his Duquesne debut on Saturday.
Oct. 31, 2013
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CLARION at DUQUESNE
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 • 1:00 EST
Pittsburgh, Pa. • A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
Internet Only Broadcast: Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
Duquesne Streaming Audio Only: www.RedZoneMedia.com
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• Duquesne is in its second season under head coach Jim Ferry. Ferry, who came to DU after leading LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2011 & 2012), is the 16th coach in school history. This is the 98th season for Duquesne basketball.
• The Dukes return two starters - guard Derrick Colter (13.5, 2.8) and forward Jeremiah Jones (7.7, 4.1) - from last year's 8-22 team.
• Only three scholarship players are back from last year's team: Colter, Jeremiah Jones and Jerry Jones (7.3, 3.6). DU also has two first-year players with Division I playing experience in senior Ovie Soko (88 games for UAB from 2010-12) and JC transfer Dominique McKoy (30 games at Rhode Island in 2012).
• Clarion, which competes in the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West, returns three starters from a 6-20 team ... leading the way is 6-6, 225 senior Mike Kromka (12.5, 8.5) ... Kromka, a graduate of Gateway HS, was named to the Preseason All-PSAC West Team ... Clarion was picked to finish 9th in the PSAC West ... junior Marques Jones (10.3 ppg.), who averaged a team-high 33.4 min./g., connected on a team-high 56 3-pointers (.354) last season ... six-four sophomore forward Aaron Johnson (8.5, 5.6), a Moon HS grad, started 15 of the 18 games he played last year ... Johnson's 16 blocks were one shy of Kromka who played in eight more games ... Clarion coach Ron Righter enters his 26th season at Clarion with 397 wins ... he has 421 victories in 27 seasons as a head coach.
• Duquesne went 2-0 in exhibition play last season with a 74-48 win over Carnegie Mellon followed by a 92-46 victory over Hawaii Hilo. DU outrebounded CMU 56-34 and went 15-of-31 from 3-point (with seven players hitting at least one) against Hilo. The Dukes held Hawaii Hilo to 19 second half points.
• Senior Ovie Soko, who sat out last season following his transfer from UAB, will be making his Duquesne debut. Soko scored in double digits 28 times - all of which came in his final 60 games - at UAB.
• Sophomore guard Derrick Colter became 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. last season. The other four to accomplish the feat were seniors Aaron Jackson (19.3/5.7 in 2009), Bryant McAllister (19.7/4.8 in 2006), Courtney Wallace (16.6/3.4 in 2001) and Mike James (17.5/3.5 in 1998).
• Colter's 156 assists last season ranked 7th on DU's single season list (2nd among freshmen). He was the fourth freshman in school history to average five assists in a season. The others are: Norm Nixon (6.00 in 1974), Kenya Hunter (5.29 in 1993) and Clayton Adams (5.09 in 1988).
• Four players posted 40-plus inch running vertical jumps in July testing. The four highest-leaping Dukes are: Jeremiah Jones (42.5"), Derrick Colter (42.5"), Ovie Soko (40.5") and Desmond Ridenour (40.5").
• The Dukes have five first-time opponents on the 13-game non-conference schedule: Abilene Christian, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire, NJIT & Texas-Pan American.
• The Dukes will face teams from the ACC (Pitt), Big 12 (West Virginia) and Big Ten (Penn State) as well as additional traditional rivals Robert Morris and Saint Francis, Pa. in non-conference play.
• DU will play George Mason (2013 CBI finalist), La Salle (2013 NCAA Sweet 16), Saint Louis (2013 NCAA Third Round) and St. Bonaventure twice in Atlantic 10 play. Mason, La Salle and SLU all won at least 22 games last season. Duquesne and George Washington are the only schools who will face two of the Atlantic 10's three returning 2013 NCAA tournament participants home-and-home. DU, GW and St. Bonaventure are the only schools with three 2013 post-season participants in their four-team pod.
• The Dukes, who ranked 337th of 338th schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.), were outrebounded by -2.1 per game - a net improvement of 5.4 rpg. Duquesne outrebounded its opponents by +8.2 per game in its eight wins (340-274) ... in 22 losses, the Dukes were outrebounded by 5.8 per contest (736-865) ... DU's margin in conference play was -6.1.
• The Dukes ranked 18th nationally in 3-point field goals made per game (8.1) last season ... the 8.1 makes per game was the third-highest in school history (school record 8.7 in 34 games in 2008-09) ... DU's 24.1 3-point attempts per game was also the third-highest in school history (school record 24.9 in 29 games in 2006-07).