Duquesne opens the home season against James Madison Monday at 7:00 pm in game two of the Progressive Legends Classic Pittsburgh Sub Regional..
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PROGRESSIVE LEGENDS CLASSIC PITTSBURGH SUB REGIONAL
Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21, 2012 • A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
Mon., Nov. 19
Youngstown State vs. North Dakota State - 4:30 pm
James Madison at Duquesne - 7:00 pm
Tues., Nov. 20
James Madison vs. Youngstown State - 4:30 pm
North Dakota State at Duquesne - 7:00 pm
Wed., Nov. 21
North Dakota State vs. James Madison - 4:30 pm
Youngstown State at Duquesne - 7:00 pm
Duquesne Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (‘58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (‘71) (analyst)
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NOTING THE FIELD
Head Coach: Matt Brady
6th season overall & at JMU
Series Record: James Madison leads 2-0
At Pittsburgh: James Madison leads 1-0
At Harrisonburg, Va.: James Madison leads 1-0
NOTES: Colonial Athletic Association ... leads the series 2-0 ... JMU defeated Scott Edgar-coached DU, 66-63, at the Palumbo Center on Dec. 13, 1997 and handed first-year coach Darelle Porter a 74-59 defeat at Harrisonburg, Va. on Dec. 7, 1998 ... return four starters from a 12-20 team the was wracked by injuries ... ranked among the NCAAs top 50 in 3-pointers per game (7.8) in 2012 ... went 1-2 against Atlantic 10 schools last season with a 62-57 win at George Washington, a neutral 79-60 loss to Rhode Island and a 92-83 loss at La Salle ... posted five road and two neutral-site wins ... head coach Matt Brady, who served as an assistant under Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph’s for 11 seasons, is in his fifth year at the helm of JMU ... DU and JMU are the only Division I schools with the nickname “Dukes.”
NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Head Coach: Saul Phillips
6th season overall & at NDSU
NOTES: Summit League ... first meeting between the Dukes and Bison ... finished 17-14 en route to a CBI first round appearance ... return four starters including Summit League Newcomer of the Year sophomore Lawrence Alexander (12.8, 4.0, 4.6a) ... finished seventh nationally in field goal percentage (.488) ... shot .375 from the 3-point arc (44th nationally) ... junior guard Mike Felt (9.6 ppg. off the bench) ranked 14th nationally in 3-point percentage (78-of-181, .431) ... leading scorer Taylor Braun (15.4 ppg.) went 36-of-80 (.450) from the arc ... won five road games ... suffered tough losses at Power Six conference members Arizona State (60-57) and Minnesota (63-59) ... sixth-year head coach Saul Phillips led the Bison to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009.
Head Coach: Jerry Slocum
38th season overall, 8th at YSU
Series Record: Duquesne leads 9-2
At Pittsburgh: Duquesne leads 4-1
At Youngstown, Ohio: Duquesne leads 5-1
NOTES: Horizon League ... Duquesne leads the series 9-2, with both Youngstown State wins coming in the past five meetings ... this is the first meeting between the two since November of 2006 ... the two met six times between 1941 and 1951 before renewing the series in 1997 ... DU leads 4-1 in games played at Pittsburgh with four of the five Palumbo Center meetings coming since ‘97 ... return three starters from last year’s 16-15 team ... are led by 6-0 junior guard Kendrick Perry, a First Team All-Horizon League pick who led the conference in scoring at 16.8 ppg. ... Perry, an NABC All-District Second Team pick, set a YSU single season record with 74 steals in 2012 ... he averaged 20.2 ppg. over his last 20 games ... YSU ranked tenth nationally in 3-point field goals per game (8.7) and 13th in blocks per game (5.3) last season ... 6-7 senior forward Damian Eargle, a member of the Horizon League All-Defensive Team, ranked third nationally with 116 blocks in 31 games (3.74 bpg.) ... former DU assistant Steve Hall is in his first season on head coach Jerry Slocum’s staff.
• Duquesne is in its first season under head coach Jim Ferry who was hired on April 10. Ferry, who came to DU after leading LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, is the 16th coach in school history. This is the 97th season for Duquesne basketball.
• The Dukes return two starters - guard Sean Johnson (15.0, 5.5) and forward Andre Marhold (5.5, 5.5) - from last year’s 16-15 team. Eleven players have seen action in each of the Dukes’ first two games.
• DU, which opened the season with back-to-back road games for the first time since 1990-91, will be playing its home opener vs. James Madison. The Dukes are 88-8 all-time in the first home game of the season, including a 19-5 mark at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
• The Dukes struggled from the 3-point arc in losses at Albany (69-66) and at Georgetown (61-55), shooting a combined 21.2 percent (11-of-52). On the positive side, DU - which finished 337th of 338th schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.) are even in the rebound column through two games (73-73).
• James Madison, the only other NCAA Divsion I school with the nickname “Dukes,” leads the series with Duquesne 2-0. This is the first meeting between the two since a home-and-home series in 1997-98 & 1998-99. This will be DU’s first meeting with North Dakota State. Duquesne and Youngstown State have met 11 times with DU holding a 9-2 series advantage. DU and YSU last met in the 2006-07 season opener with the Dukes taking an 81-75 decision.
QUICK HITS: Three true freshmen are averaging over 15 minutes per game: Derrick Colter (33.0), Quevyn Winters (20.5) and Jeremiah Jones (16.5) ... Jerry Jones is DU’s top 3-point shooter at just 33.3 percent (2-of-6) ... Sean Johnson (1-of-7) and Colter (2-of-13) are a combined 3-of-20 from the arc ... DU has made 24 free throws (24-35) ... opponents have attempted 29 (19-29).