Nov. 26, 2012
GAME 6 / DUQUESNE (2-3) at APPALACHIAN STATE (1-4)
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 • 7:00 EST
Boone, N.C. • Holmes Center (8,325)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (‘58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (‘71) (analyst)
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• The Dukes are coming off a 2-1 performance in the three-day Progressive Legends Classic Sub Regional hosted by Duquesne on Nov. 19-21. DU defeated James Madison in overtime (90-88), lost to North Dakota State (57-43) then rallied to defeat Youngstown State (84-74) in the three-games-in-three-days event.
• Freshman Quevyn Winters earned a spot on the All-Sub Regional Team with 37 points in the three games. Winters shot .500 from the field (14-of-28) and .417 from the 3-point arc (5-of-12).
• 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 (13.4, 6.0) and forward Andre Marhold (4.8, 5.0) - from last year’s 16-15 team. Ten players have seen action in each of the Dukes’ first five games (an 11th player has played in four of the five contests).
• The Dukes, who ranked 337th of 338th schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.), are coming off a +24 margin (53-29) in the Nov. 21 win over Youngstown State. It was DU’s largest margin in a D-I game since Nov. 9, 2007 (a 129-59 win over Howard). Duquesne’s season margin stands at +5.2.
• Duquesne heads to Appalachian State looking for its first road win. DU opened with back-to-back games at Albany (L, 69-66) and at Georgetown (L, 61-55). It was the first time since 1990-91 that DU opened a season with back-to-back road games.
APPALACHIAN STATE NOTES
Southern Conference ... Appalachian State leads the series 1-0 ... first game of a home-and-home series ... won the only meeting between the schools, 71-68 over Danny Nee’s Dukes in the consolation game of the Duquesne Holiday Tournament on Dec. 31, 2005 at the Palumbo Center ... returns its backcourt of senior Jamaal Trice (9.1 ppg., 43 3-pointers), sophomore Mike Neal (8.3 ppg., 92 assists, 38 steals) and sophomore Tab Hamilton (8.0 ppg., 37 3-pointers, 31 steals) ... was 9-5 at 8,325-seat Holmes Center last season ... has won nearly 70 percent of its home games at the elevation 3,333 feet facility ... welcomes 6-6 sophomore Xavier transfer Jay Canty who sat out last season ... Canty led XU’s freshmen in minutes played in 2010-11 ... former North Carolina star Jason Capel is in his third season as head coach of the Boone, N.C. school.
APPALACHIAN STATE LATELY
This is the third home game - and only home game between Nov. 13 to Dec. 22 - for the Mountaineers who opened the season back-to-back home games against Montreat (W, 86-54) and High Point (L, 64-86) ... APSU is coming off an 87-76 loss at Virginia Tech on Nov. 23 ... VT went 21-of-26 from the foul line in the second half (and 31-of-39 for the game) ... App State, which turned it over 19 times, was 12-of-21 from the stripe ... first-year Xavier transfer Jay Canty led the Mountaineers with 21 points and 7 rebounds in 40 minutes against the Hokies ... Appalachian State, like Duquesne, is outrebounding opponents by +5.2 per game ... seven players have scored 15 or more in a game this year ... the Mountaineers are giving up 82 points per game ... App State has surrendered 80 or more points in four straight games for the first time since 1996.
A NEW ERA
Jim Ferry took over as head coach of the Dukes on April 10. Ferry, who led LIU Brooklyn to its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance this March, hired a staff and assembled a five-man recruiting class in a little under six weeks (one of the five, 6-8 UAB transfer Ovie Soko, will not be eligible until 2013-14 per NCAA transfer guidelines). The 45-year-old Ferry came to DU with 254 wins in 14 years as a head coach at the Division I, Division II and Division III levels. The Elmont, N.Y. native left LIU with a 27-game home win streak - second only to national champion Kentucky’s 52 consecutive home victories. He also left behind four returning starters including 2011-12 NEC Player of the Year Julian Bond.
Ferry brought in five players during the spring signing period one of whom - senior UAB transfer Ovie Soko - won’t be eligible until 2013-14. Leading the way is 6-5 freshman swingman Quevyn Winters. Winters, who is averaging 10.8 ppg. and 4.2 rpg. in five games off the bench, has had a Dow Jones season thus far with 52 of his 54 points coming in three games. His game-by-game point totals are: 15, 2, 19, 0 and 18. The Milwaukee native earned All-Tournament honors in the Pittsburgh Sub Regional of the Progressive Legends Classic (Nov. 19,-21) with 37 points in three games. He scored 16 of his 19 after the half and added seven rebounds to help the Dukes to a 90-88 overtime win over James Madison. Winters scored 12 consecutive points during a 6:55 span of the second half to help DU rally from a six-point deficit. He followed a scoreless outing against North Dakota State with a game high-tying 18 points in an 84-74 win over Youngstown State. Winters scored seven points in a 69 second span of the first half to key a 17-2 run that gave Duquesne a lead it would never relinquish . He averaged 12.3 points on .500 shooting (.417 from the arc) and 5.0 rebounds in the three games. Freshman guard Derrick Colter is averaging 11.8 ppg. as a starter in all five games. Colter leads the team in assists (21, 4.2 apg.) and is tied for second, behind Winters, with six 3-pointers. He, like Winters, has also been up-and-down in the scoring column with totals of 17, 7, 12, 5, and 18 in DU’s five games. Six-three shooting guard Jeremiah Jones has played in all five games with one start (vs. Youngstown State). Jones is averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in emerging as one of DU’s most consistent defenders. First year sophomore point guard Marvin Binney has also seen action in all five games (1.0, 0.8) off the bench.
Duquesne returns two starters in seniors Sean Johnson (13.4, 6.0) and Andre Marhold (4.8, 5.0, 10 blocks). Johnson, a guard, enters the Appalachian State game with 967 career points. The Queens, N.Y. native, who leads the team with 47 career double-digit scoring games, has scored 20 or more twice this season (21 at Georgetown & 20 vs. James Madison in back-to-back games). He set a new career high with six assists against Youngstown State. Johnson, who entered the season with a 2.2 rpg. career average, is averaging 6.0 rpg. through five games. Marhold, who came off the bench in 38 games as a freshman and sophomore, started 22 times in ‘12. The 6-6 forward pulled down nine rebounds and blocked five shots in the season opener at Albany. His 67 career blocks rank sixth on DU’s career list. Six-four junior Jerry Jones (6.6, 5.0), who saw his scoring average jump from 1.0 ppg. as a freshman to 6.4 ppg. last season, has scored in double digits twice. He had 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists in DU’s 61-55 loss at Georgetown. His clutch 3-pointer from the left corner made it a three-point game with 32 seconds left and followed that with 12 points and a career high four steals against James Madison. Jones added career highs in rebounds (9) and blocks (2) in the win over Youngstown State. Six-seven Kadeem Pantophlet (4.2, 6-of-13 from 3-point) tied his career high with four 3-pointers (4-of-6) in scoring 13 points against Youngstown State. He also added a career-high six rebounds in a career-most 22 minutes vs. the Penguins. Pantophlet, who had two career starts entering the season, has started each of DU’s first five games. His 13 points vs. YSU were five more than his total in DU’s first four games. Seven-one junior Radford transfer Martins Abele (4.0, 4.0, 7 blks.), who played in six games before becoming academically ineligible in mid-December of last season, had his top game as a Duke with nine points, a career high-tying 10 rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes vs. Youngstown State. Abele, who is shooting .571, also had four points and two boards in 17 minutes at Georgetown. Sophomore guard P.J. Torres (4.2, 1.4) has been a pleasant surpirse off the bench. Torres, who averaged 5.0 minutes in 14 games last year, posted his first career double digit game with 12 points in the overtime win over James Madison. Torres, who had nine points in nine first-half minutes, had the basketball version of a “perfect game” going 4-of-4 from the field (2-of-2 from 3-point) and 2-of-2 from the line against JMU. Torres, who followed the James Madison game with eight points against North Dakota State, is 4-of-7 from the arc (.571) and 5-of-6 (.833) from the foul line this season. Six-ten redshirt sophomore Derrick Martin (1.0, 0.8) has seen action in four games. He had four points, three rebounds and a block in 14 minutes vs. NDSU. Six-nine foward Mamadou Datt underwent knee surgery on Nov. 15. The Dakar, Senegal native, who is sitting out the first semester to concentrate on academics, is expected to miss 2-4 weeks of practice. Second-year walk on Sam Bott (1.0, 0.5) rounds out the list of returnees.
FRESHMEN OF INFLUENCE
True freshmen Derrick Colter (31.4), Quevyn Winters (24.6) and Jeremiah Jones (19.4) are averaging nearly 20 minutes per game ... the threesome is accounting for 42.3 percent of the DU’s points.
Duquesne is 2-0 when scoring 70 or more and 2-0 when leading at the half.
DU is 214-226 in non-conference games since joining the Atlantic 10 in 1976-77 (Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1992-93 only) ... the Dukes have posted winning non-conference records eight times since 1990, including each of the past five seasons.