Dominique McKoy was one of five Dukes in double digits in Saturday's season-opening win over Abilene Christian.
Nov. 11, 2013
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GAME 2 / NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-0) at DUQUESNE (1-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 7:00 EST
Pittsburgh, Pa. A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
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Duquesne, which opened the season with a 94-75 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday, stays home to host New Hampshire (1-0) of the America East Conference on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Dukes are looking to open 2-0 for the first time since 2009-10.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN LEFTOVERS
Leftovers from Duquesne's 94-75 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday: Duquesne never trailed ... the 94 points were a Ferry Era high ... the win ended an eight-game home losing streak ... Derrick Colter led five Dukes in double figures with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting ... first-year JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White, who started in the backcourt with Colter, scored 20 while going 7-of-11 from the field ... first-year senior transfer Ovie Soko had 17 points and 13 rebounds ... it was his 12th career double-double (the previous 11 came while he was at UAB) ... Soko was 7-of-10 from the foul line ... first-year Drake transfer Micah Mason had 5 points, 5 assists and a career-high 5 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench ... the Dukes assisted on 19 of 30 field goals and outrebounded ACU 42-33 ... DU outscored the Wildcats 18-0 in fast break points ... no one on the Dukes attempted more than 12 shots.
NOTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
America East Conference ... first meeting between the Dukes and Wildcats ... in its ninth season under head coach Bill Herrion ... Herrion leads the America East in all-time conference wins (including his 15 seasons as head coach at Drexel) ... led the nation in 3-point field goal defense (.281) and ranked 70th in scoring defense (62.7 ppg.) last season ... returns three starters from last year's 9-20 team ... have added six players - including five freshmen - to the roster for 2013-14, including Seton Hill transfer Matt Miller ... Miller, a 6-4 junior guard, averaged a team-high 20.1 ppg. for Seton Hill (22nd in NCAA Division II) in 2011-12.
NEW HAMPSHIRE LATELY
The Wildcats opened the season with a 94-70 home win over Division III Suffolk University on Saturday ... 6-10, 250-pound fifth-year senior Chris Pelcher led four players in double digits with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Wildcats ... Pelcher, who played two seasons at Iona before transferring to UNH, went 9-of-12 from the field in 30 minutes ... 6-6, 220-pound senior forward Patrick Konan, who pairs with Pelcher to form a frontcourt considered to be one of the strongest in the America East, added 19 points for the Wildcats who outrebounded Suffolk 51-36 ... Konan ranked in the top 15 in the AE in scoring and rebounding last season ... UNH, which returns nine lettermen, was picked to finish fifth in the America East by the conference's head coaches.
VS. THE AMERICA EAST
Duquesne is 7-2 all time against the schools that comprise the current America East Conference. The losses came to Hartford (73-76 on Jan. 11, 1990) and at Albany (66-69 in last year's opener).
2 Number of NCAA tournament appearances by LIU Brooklyn in Jim Ferry's final two years at the school. Ferry was named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year twice (2005 & 2011) in 10 seasons at LIU.
5 Number of first-time opponents on the 13-game non-conference schedule: Abilene Christian, New Hampshire, UMass Lowell, NJIT & Texas-Pan American.
8 Number of first year scholarship players on the current active roster (Gill, Lewis, Mason, McKoy, Ridenour, Soko, Watkins & White).
9 Number of All-Rookie Team selections coached by Jim Ferry in his past 11 seasons (10 at LIU Brooklyn). Two of this LIU Brooklyn players - James Williams (2004) and Julian Bond (2009) - were named NEC Rookie of the Year. Derrick Colter earned A-10 All-Rookie honors this year.
10 Total years of Division I experience brought into the season by the 12 scholarship players on the 2013-14 roster: Jerry Jones (3), Ovie Soko (3 at UAB), Derrick Colter (1), Jeremiah Jones (1), Dominique McKoy (1 at Rhode Island) & Micah Mason (1 at Drake).
10 of 14 Number of players on the current active roster who are freshmen and sophomores.
25.9 Junior College nation leading points per game scored by Tra'Vaughn White last season at Independence CC.
94 The 94 points scored by the Dukes in their season-opening 94-75 win over Abilene Christian was a Ferry Era high. The ouput topped a 90-point effort in a 90-88 overtime win over James Madison on Nov. 19 of last season.
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.
Only three scholarship players are back from last year's team: returning starters Derrick Colter and Jeremiah Jones along with senior Jerry Jones. Jerry Jones, who was suspended for the exhibition win over Clarion as well as the opener vs. ACU, will be making his 2013-14 debut. DU also has three first-year players with D-I 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).
New Hampshire, picked to finish fifth in the America East preseason coaches poll, boasts on of the top frontcourts in the AE in 6-10, 250-pound center Chris Pelcher and 6-6, 220-pound forward Patrick Konan. The twosome combined for 44 points and 24 rebounds in UNH's season opening 94-70 win over D-III Suffolk on Saturday. Pelcher, a second-year transfer from Iona led the Wildcats with 25 points and 17 boards in the opener.
Senior Ovie Soko, who sat out last season following his transfer from UAB, posted a 17-13 double-double vs. Abilene Christian in his DU debut. Soko scored in double digits 28 times - all 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). He hit a 3-pointer on his first touch in a Dukes uniform, 28 seconds after entering the Abilene Chritstian game.
Sophomore guard Derrick Colter, who 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, scored a team-high 23 in the opener. It was the fifth 20-point game of his young career.
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.
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.
NEXT UP: The Dukes travel to Morgantown to face West Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 17. The 4:00 p.m. game will be televised by ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.