Dukes Host UMBC Saturday at 7:00
Nov. 24, 2010
UMBC (0-4) at DUQUESNE (2-1)
DUQUESNE RADIO: WPBG-FM (104.7) with Ray Goss & Jarrett Durham
DUKES HOST UMBC: Duquesne (2-1), coming off a 90-54 win at Bowling Green on Monday, Nov. 22, returns for just its second Palumbo Center game in the first six weeks of the season when it takes on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (0-4) on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m. The Dukes, who opened at Palumbo against Bluefield State on Nov. 13, won't play at their on-campus arena again until Dec. 18 vs. IUPUI. DU will play twice against Big East teams at CONSOL Energy Center in the interim (Dec. 1 vs. Pitt & Dec. 12 vs. West Virginia).
A BIG BOUNCE BACK: Duquesne, which had dropped a 69-63 decision at Robert Morris 72 hours earlier, responded by jumping out to a 15-4 lead in handing Bowling Green a 90-54 loss on Monday night. The 36-point margin of victory was DU's largest in a road game since a 127-85 (+42) win at Saint Peter's on Feb. 17, 1973. B.J. Monteiro came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points in 17 minutes, Bill Clark hit 5-of-7 3-point attempts in scoring 16 and freshman T.J. McConnell, in just his third college game, nearly posted the second triple-double in school history with 10 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 27 minutes. The Dukes, who were outrebounded 48-34 at Robert Morris, outrebounded BGSU 37-25. The DU bench, which produced eight points in the loss at RMU, had 45 at Bowling Green. The Dukes held the Falcons to 12 field goals.
DUQUESNE LATELY: Senior preseason All-A10 pick Damian Saunders had two blocks at Robert Morris to bring his career total to 221 ... he is nine rejections shy of breaking the school record of 229 set by Derrick Alston from 1991-94 ... Saunders' 206 career steals rank third on the all-time list, 13 short of breaking the school mark of 218 set by Kenya Hunter from 1993-96 ... DU, which shot .261 from the 3-point arc last season (282nd nationally), is shooting .393 from long distance through three games ... the Dukes, who are averaging 21.3 apg., have assisted on 68% of their field goals ... Bill Clark, who flirted with a triple-double with 15 points, 8 rebounds and a career-high 9 assists vs. Bluefield State, followed that with a game-high 22 points in 25 minutes at Robert Morris and 16 in 25 minutes at BGSU ... Clark is 10-of-19 from the 3-point arc in his past two games ...freshman T.J. McConnell (11.7 ppg.) is shooting .765 (13-of-17) from the field, including .750 (6-of-8) from the 3-point arc ... McConnell, who nearly had a triple-double at BGSU (10-11-9), is the first freshman since Damian Saunders to begin his career with three straight double digit scoring games ... DU is competing without starting PG Eric Evans who is recovering from Oct. 27 foot surgery (out 6-8 weeks).
THE SERIES: DU leads the series 1-0 ... the only other meeting was a 76-69 Palumbo Center win by Danny Nee's Dukes on Dec. 11, 2004.
MORE ON UMBC: This is the second of five consecutive road games for the Retrievers ... UMBC will also be playing a pair of Big East teams on the road: at Connecticut (Dec. 3) and Notre Dame (Dec. 22) ... all four of UMBC's wins in 2009-10 came on the road ... 5-10 guard Chris De La Rosa posted his second career double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds (both career highs) in UMBC's 82-74 loss to Central Connecticut on Nov. 20 and followed that by just missing a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in 43 minutes of the Retrievers' 71-69 overtime loss at Coppin State on Tuesday ... De La Rosa is averaging 15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game ... 6-2 grad student Travis King is no stranger to Duquesne ... King played in 91 games for George Washington from 2007-10 (he missed the 2008 season with a fractured knee cap) ... he completed his undergrad degree at GW and is currently working toward his masters degree at UMBC ... King is the team's leading scorer at 16.3 ppg. ... King, who averaged 4.9 ppg. at GW, had a career-high nine assists and 11 points in an 88-80 win over Duquesne at the Smith Center on March 3, 2007 (his freshman season) ... he started and scored five points in an 88-83 loss to DU at the Palumbo Center in 2009 and went scoreless in six minutes against the Dukes in a 70-63 in Washington D.C. last year ... King had a team-high 20 (4-of-5 from 3-point) in the loss at Coppin State ... 6-6 freshman Chase Plummer is averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Plummer is the first UMBC freshman to score in double digits in his first four games in the Retrievers' 25 seasons at the Division I level.
ON DUQUESNE: Duquesne, which played in the NIT in 2009 & CBI last year, is looking to make it three-straight postseason appearances in 2011 - something that hasn't occurred on the Bluff since 1968-71 (NIT, NCAA, NIT & NCAA). Fifth-year head coach Ron Everhart is relying on four returning starters and a talented freshman class in an attempt to post his fourth-straight non-losing season at DU. Back are 1,000-point scoring seniors Damian Saunders and Bill Clark as well as fellow starters Eric Evans (9.9 ppg. in 2010) and B.J. Monteiro (15.3 ppg. this year). The Dukes will be without Evans, who underwent foot surgery on Oct. 27 and will be out for 6-8 weeks. Saunders - a preseason first team All-A10 pick - made his 2010-11 debut at RMU. The 6-7 senior missed DU's two exhibition wins as well as the season opener while serving a suspension for a violation of team rules.
YOUNG VS. OLD: Duquesne, which has four true freshmen in its playing rotation, will be facing a UMBC team with an NCAA Division I-high three graduate students including a pair first-year grad students with extensive Division I experience in 6-2 guard Travis King and 6-9 forward/center Laurence Jolicoeur. King played in 91 games with 21 starts at George Washington and Jolicoeur played in 68 games with 39 starts at Manhattan before enrolling in graduate programs at UMBC. King is averaging a team-best 16.3 ppg., while Jolicoeur is averaging 9.3 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game. A third grad student, 6-10, 230-pound forward/center Justin Fry brought 89 games and 59 starts into the 2010-11 season. Fry (7.8, 6.3 this season) sat out last year with a knee injury.