Nov. 7, 2013
Game Notes vs ACU | Duquesne Streaming Audio | Gametracker | Streaming Video
GAME 1 / ABILENE CHRISTIAN (0-0) at DUQUESNE (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 2:00 EST
Pittsburgh, Pa. A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
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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.
DU has compiled an 80-17 record in season opening games, including a 75-4 record when opening the season at home. The four losses came in 1927-28 to Ohio Wesleyan (36-23); 1966-67 to St. Francis (81-63); 1989-90 to Detroit (108-97 in double overtime) and in 2005-06 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64-56).
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 (who is suspended for the ACU game and will be back for Nov. 13 vs. UNH). DU also has three first-year players with Division I playing experience in senior Ovie Soko (88 games for UAB from 2010-12), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (30 games at Rhode Island in 2012) and sophomore Micah Mason (30 games at Drake last year).
Abilene Christian, in its first season as an NCAA Division I affiliate, returns just one player from last year's 12-14 team in sophomore guard Parker Wentz (8.3 ppg.). ACU has eight first-year JC transfers on its opening day roster. First-year sophomore forward James Pegues was a teammate of DU's Tre'Vaughn White at Independence CC last season. The two played for Patrick Nee, son of former Duquesne head coach Danny Nee.
Duquesne defeated Clarion 103-88 in its lone exhibition game on Nov. 2. Dominique McKoy led five players in double figures with 20 points and 10 rebounds. DU outrebounded the Golden Eagles 53-35 and outscored Clarion 72-32 in the paint.
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.
First-year Drake transfer Micah Mason was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Nov. 8 clearing his way to compete this season. Mason, a sophomore, was the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference last season (40-of-79, .506).
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").
Freshman forward Isaiah Watkins, who underwent left knee surgery in late January in his native Canada, had additional arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 3. He is currently cleared for limited participation in practice.
A second Canadian freshman forward, 6-8, 255-pound Jordan Robinson, has not been certified as eligible by the NCAA and has yet to practice.
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 ranked 18th nationally in 3-point field goals made/g. (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).
DU vs. ABILENE CHRISTIAN - FIRST MEETING
This is the first meeting between the Dukes and Wildcats of the Southland Conference ... Abilene Christian is in its first season as an NCAA Division I affiliate ... as a school in transition, ACU is not eligible for Southland Conference post-season competition for any sport in which the winner is the league's automatic qualifier for an NCAA championship ... the Wildcats competed in the Division II Lone Star Conference for 40 seasons prior to making the transition to Division I ... first-year sophomore forward James Pegues was a teammate of DU's Tre'Vaughn White at Independence Community College last season ... the two played for Patrick Nee, son of former Duquesne head coach Danny Nee ... ACU, which went 12-14 last season, has eight first-year JC transfers on the 2013-14 roster.
This is the 98th season of basketball for Duquesne University (1,317-1,018, .564). The Dukes started play in 1913-14 (DU did not field a team in 1944-45-46 due to World War II). Duquesne has compiled an impressive 80-17 record in season opening games, including a 75-4 record when opening the season at home. The four losses came in 1927-28 to Ohio Wesleyan (36-23); 1966-67 to St. Francis (81-63); 1989-90 to Detroit (108-97 in double overtime) and in 2005-06 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64-56). The Dukes are 89-8 all-time in the first home game of the season, including a 20-5 mark at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Dukes have opened the season at a neutral site just six times, with five coming outside of western Pennsylvania (NABC Classic in 2004-05, Hoop Fest in 1999-00, Top of the World Classic in 1997-98, Lobo Classic in 1991-92 and Great Alaska Shootout in 1987-88).
IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Duquesne is 219-229 (.489) in non-conference games since 1976-77 as members of the Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 and Midwestern Collegiate Conference (1992-93 only), including a 144-69 mark at home. The Dukes have not had a losing non-conference record since 2006-07. DU is 7-7 in non-league play under Jim Ferry.
A QUICK REFRESHER
Duquesne finished 8-22 (1-15 in the Atlantic 10) under first-year head coach Jim Ferry in 2012-13 ... the lone conference win was one of the biggest upsets of the A-10 season (an 84-83 win at Temple that ended an 11-game losing streak) ... the Dukes also came back from a 15-point second half deficit to defeat West Virginia (60-56) at CONSOL Energy Center in non-conference play ... guard Derrick Colter was the only DU player to start all 30 games ... a three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week (12/17, 12/24 & 2/17), Colter earned a spot on the five-man Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team while leading the team in scoring (13.5 ppg.) and assists (156, 5.20 apg.) and minutes per game (32.2) ... in so doing, he became the first underclassman - and freshman - to lead the Dukes in scoring and assists in a season ... Colter was also just the fourth DU freshman to score over 400 points and second freshman in school history to hand out 150 assists in a season ... his 5.20 apg. average made him just the fourth freshman in school history to average five assists in a season ... Ferry started three freshmen in the Dukes' final eight games (PG Colter, F Jeremiah Jones and F Quevyn Winters) ... over that span, Colter, Winters and Jones accounted for 53 percent of DU's points ... a freshman either led or tied for the team lead in scoring in each of the Dukes' last 11 games (Colter six times, Winters four times and Jones twice) ... one of those three freshmen - Winters - opted to transfer (Indian Hills CC) in the offseason.
Not much. Only three scholarship players are back: sophomores point guard Derrick Colter (13.5, 2.8, 5.2a) and forward Jeremiah Jones (7.7, 4.1, 22 starts) and senior forward Jerry Jones (7.3, 3.6, 84 career games played). Nine scholarship players - including seven with eligibility remaining - are no longer with the team.
A lot. There are currently eight first-year scholarship players on the 2013-14 roster (not including freshman Jordan Robinson) ... leading the way is 6-8, 225-pound senior forward Ovie Soko ... Soko, who sat out last season following his transfer from UAB, played in 88 games as a two-year starter for the Blazers in 2011 & 2012 ... Soko scored in double digits 28 times (all in his last 60 games at UAB) ... the athletic London, England native posted double-digit rebounds 14 times and had 11 career double-doubles at UAB ... first-year JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White led the nation in junior college scoring (25.9 ppg.) last season at Independence CC ... the 5-10 guard scored 30 or more 11 times - with over one-quarter of his points coming from the foul line - last season ... a second JC transfer, 6-8, 215-pound forward Dominique McKoy, brings Atlantic 10 experience to the roster ... McKoy, who played for Jim Baron at Rhode Island in 2011-12, recorded 22 double-doubles on his way to averaging 14.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in his one season at Cowley CC ... McKoy scored 20 or more six times and pulled down 15 or more rebounds seven times in helping the Tigers to a 15-3 mark in the highly-competitive Jayhawk Conference ... McKoy earned first team all-conference and second team all-region honors, playing in the same league as White, who was the Jayhawk Conference MVP ... freshman guard Desmond Ridenour (6-2, 185), who can play both guard spots, is expected to add versatility to the backcourt ... Ridenour averaged 17.0 ppg. - including a program all-time best 40-point outing - last year at M.A.C.K. Academy ... 6-7, 210-pound freshman forward L.G. Gill, who averaged 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in helping Benedictine (31-4) to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I state championship, is expected to provide depth in the frontcourt ... Ferry also signed 6-11, 255-pound center Darius Lewis who played last season at IMG Academy ... most-recent addition is transfer guard Micah Mason, a prolific high school scorer who returned to western Pennsylvania after spending one season at Drake, who was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Nov. 8, clearing his way to compete in 2013-14 ... Mason, who broke former Duke T.J. McConnell's (currently at Arizona) WPIAL record with 346 3-pointers (McConnell had 334), was the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference both overall (40-of-79, .506) and in conference games only (24-of-51, .471) last season (his 1.3 makes per game did not qualify him for an NCAA ranking - min. 2.5 made per game) ... Mason, who played in 30 of 32 games with 11 starts for the Bulldogs, averaged 5.4 ppg. ... freshmen Toronto natives Isaiah Watkins (6-7, 220) and Jordan Robinson (6-8, 255), both considered "3-star" recruits, will add much-needed size and skill to the frontcourt ... Watkins is recovering from October knee surgery and has yet to be cleared to play, while Robinson has yet to be certified as eligible for practice or competition.
Nine scholarship players. Seniors Sean Johnson (No. 22 all-time scorer with 1,245 points in 123 g.) and Andre Marhold (107 career blocks in 96 g.) have both graduated ... in addition, six players with remaining eligibility who were on the 2012-13 opening day roster have transferred: 7-1 center Martins Abele (3.0, 3.0 in 24 g. now at D-II Fairmont State), 6-2 guard Marvin Binney (3.1, 1.0 in 29 g. now at D-II St. Mary's), 6-9 forward Mamadou Datt (1.3, 1.9 in 13 g. now at D-II Fairmont State), 6-10 center Derrick Martin (0.5, 1.1 in 11 g. now at D-II Shorter U.), 6-4 guard P.J. Torres (2.8, 1.3 in 12 g. now at D-II LIU Post) and 6-5 forward Quevyn Winters (9.6, 3.9, 55 3-pointers in 30 g. now at Indian Hills JC) ... a seventh player, junior Kadeem Pantophlet (5.0, 4.2 in 30 g. with 22 starts), is currently playing for the Duquesne soccer team. In addition, two-year walk on Sam Bott (0.4, 0.6 in 8 g.) is pursuing an internship oportunity that caused him to forego basketball.