Derrick Colter scored 12 points in last year's 60-56 win over WVU.
Nov. 14, 2013
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GAME 3 / DUQUESNE (1-1) at WEST VIRGINIA (1-1)
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 4:00 EST Morgantown, W.Va. WVU Coliseum (14,000)
The Last Meeting
December 11, 2012
CONSOL Energy Center
Dukes Storm Back From 15 Down to Defeat WVU 60-56
Jerry Jones scored 16 off the bench and Derrick Colter added 12 points and 7 assists to help Duquesne (6-4) erase a 15-point second half deficit and defeat West Virginia (4-4), 60-56 at CONSOL Energy Center.
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
Streaming Audio: www.RedZoneMedia.com
Television: ROOT Sports Pittsburgh with Rob King (pxp), Warren Baker (analyst) & Rob Incmikoski (sideline)
Duquesne, coming off an 84-81 loss to New Hampshire on Wednesday, hits the road for the first time this season to face West Virginia at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in a game that will be televised by ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. This will be the 88th meeting between the two schools. Despite numerous previous trips to Morgantown, this game will be unique in that it will be Duquesne's first game on the road against a current member of the Big 12 Conference.
This is the 88th meeting between Duquesne and WVU - DU's most-frequent non-conference opponent ... the two met for 38 consecutive seasons (since 1973-74) before a break in the series in 2011-12 ... WVU leads the series, which dates to Jan. 30, 1915, 50-37 ... in games played at Morgantown, WVU leads 32-11 ... the Mountaineers have won the last four at home, with the last three coming by an average margin of +24.3 ppg. (82.0 to 57.7) ... DU's last win at WVU was on Dec. 19, 2001 (68-61) ... last year, DU ended an eight-game series losing streak with a 60-56 win at CONSOL Energy Center ... DU rallied from a 15-point deficit with 19:14 left in completing its best comeback since December of 1997 (a rally from 19 down to defeat Radford).
MORE ON WVU
The Mountaineers are in their second season in the Big 12 Conference ... former DU head coach Ron Everhart is in his second year as an assistant under Bob Huggins ... WVU saw a streak of nine-straight postseason appearances snapped in 2012-13 (13-19) ... the Mountaineers appeared in the NCAA Final Four as recently as 2010.
IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Duquesne is 220-229 (.490) in non-conference games since 1976-77 as members of the Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 and Midwestern Collegiate Conference (1992-93 only), including a 145-69 mark at home (54-122 on the road & 21-38 neutral). The Dukes have not had a losing non-conference record since 2006-07. DU is 8-8 in non-league play under Jim Ferry (1-5 on the road).
DUQUESNE vs. BIG 12
Duquesne is 41-52 all-time against schools that make up the current Big 12 Conference ... 87 of the 93 meetings have come against West Virginia ... this will technically be Duquesne's first game in a Big 12 arena.
Ovie Soko and Derrick Colter both were named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2013 Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League in July. It was the second consecutive season the duo earned all-tourney honors. The Pro-Am featured players from area schools including Pitt, West Virginia, Robert Morris and Youngstown State among others.
Leftovers from Duquesne's 84-81 loss to New Hampshire on Wednesday: Duquesne trailed by as many as 13 in the first half before rallying to take a 42-38 halftime lead ... UNH, on the strength of 8-of-12 second half 3-point shooting (15-of-27 for the game), came back to outscore the Dukes 46-39 in the second half ... Derrick Colter's long 3-point attempt at the final horn hit the front rim ... there were 5 ties and 8 lead changes ... UNH shot 53.2 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3-point ... DU outscored the Wildcats from the foul line by 18 (21-of-31 to 3-of-4) ... UNH outrebounded DU 40-32 ... the Dukes had just five turnovers and 11 fouls, four of which wre committed in the final 11 seconds to try to get UNH to the foul line ... Tra'Vaughn White led DU with 18 points ... Ovie Soko had 14 despite a 4-of-17 shooting performance ... Dominique McKoy set career highs for points (13) and rebounds (9) ... Micah Mason had nine points, three assists and a career-high three steals in 23 minutes off the bench.
The Dukes have been led by the sub-six-foot backcourt of 5-10 first-year JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White (19.0 ppg.) and 5-11 sophomore returning starter Derrick Colter (17.5 ppg.). The twosome is shooting a combined .578 from the field (.609 for White & .545 for Colter). White - the nation's leading JC scorer last season, and Colter - DU's leading scorer in 2013, have also been very efficient averaging a combined 36.5 ppg. on 22.5 field goal attempts/g.
The first-year frontcourt of senior UAB transfer Ovie Soko (15.5, 10.5) and junior JC transfer Dominique McKoy (12.0, 7.5) is averaging a combined 27.5 points and 18.0 rebounds per game. Soko, McKoy, White and Colter have all scored in double digits in each of DU's two games.
Only three scholarship players are back from last year's 8-22 team: returning starters Derrick Colter and Jeremiah Jones along with senior Jerry Jones (who was suspended for the exhibition win over Clarion as well as the opener vs. ACU). DU also has three first-year players with Division 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).
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, who scored in double digits 28 times - all in his final 60 games - at UAB, has totaled 10 or more in his two games as a Duke.
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. Mason is averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 24.5 minutes/g. off the bench. He has yet to commit a turnover in 49 minutes.
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 lleg surgery on January 31 in his hometown of Toronto, had additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 3. He is currently cleared for limited participation in practice. His return date is to be determined.
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.
NEXT UP: The Dukes return home to face Albany on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m.