GAME 8 / DUQUESNE (4-3) vs. PITTSBURGH (7-1) Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 7:00 EST Pittsburgh, Pa. CONSOL Energy Center (19,000)
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QUICK NOTES Duquesne, which opened the season 1-3, brings a three-game win streak in to Wednesday night's game vs. Pitt. This is just the ninth time in the past 27 meetings that Duquesne has entered the Pitt game with a winning record. Six of the nine have come in the past six seasons.
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 (11.7, 4.9) and forward Andre Marhold (5.0, 5.4) - from last year's 16-15 team. Ten players have seen action in each of the Dukes' first seven games.
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 last 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.
This is the first of four games at CONSOL Energy Center for the Dukes. Following the neutral-site game vs. Pitt, DU will host West Virginia, VCU and Xavier. In four all-time home games at CONSOL (three in 2010-11 and one last year) DU has drawn an average of 8,604 fans per game. The two neutral CONSOL games vs. Pitt have been played before crowds of 12,860 in 2010-11 & 15,880 - largest in series history - last year.
Duquesne, which is 3-1 at home and 1-2 on the road, will not leave the City of Pittsburgh again until Dec. 20 (for its Dec. 22 game at Louisiana-Lafayette). Following the Pitt game, DU hosts New Orleans at Palumbo Center on Dec. 8, hosts West Virginia at CONSOL on Dec. 11, plays at cross-town Robert Morris on Dec. 15 and hosts Western Michigan at Palumbo on Dec. 19. Pitt (6-0 at home), which has yet to play a true road game this season, is 1-1 in neutral-site games.
Duquesne was picked to finish 16th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. Duquesne, George Washington and St. Bonaventure are the only teams who did not place a player on any of the Atlantic 10 preseason teams (First, Second, Third, Defensive or Rookie).
DU's non-conference schedule was ranked as tied for fifth-toughest in the Atlantic 10 by ESPN's Andy Katz. Butler and Temple were ranked a 9 (on a 10-point scale), Xavier and Richmond an 8 and Duquesne and VCU a 7.
DU will play 17 teams (18 total g.) that made post-season appearances last year (7 NCAA, 4 NIT, 3 CBI & 3 CIT). Non-conference opponents by affiliation include: America East (2) Albany (L), Maine (W); Big East (2) Georgetown (L), Pitt; Big Ten (1) Penn State; Big 12 (1) West Virginia; Colonial (1) James Madison (W); Horizon (1) Youngstown State (W); Independent (1) New Orleans; Mid-American (1) Western Michigan; Northeast (1) Robert Morris; Southern (1) Appalachian State (W); Summit (1) North Dakota State (L); Sun Belt (1) Louisiana-Lafayette. The Dukes are facing four first-time opponents in Maine, New Orleans, North Dakota State and first-year Atlantic 10 member VCU.
The addition of Butler and VCU makes the Atlantic 10 a 16-team conference in 2012-13. With the confernce additions, each team will play a home-and-home with one school and face every other team once in a 16-game schedule. Duquesne's partner for 2012-13 is St. Bonaventure.
True freshmen Derrick Colter (31.2), Quevyn Winters (23.8) and Jeremiah Jones (19.8) are averaging nearly 20 minutes per game ... the threesome is accounting for 40.0 percent of the DU's points ... the Dukes are 3-0 since Jeremiah Jones joined the starting lineup (Nov. 21 vs. Youngstown State),
Duquesne is 4-0 when scoring 70 or more and 4-0 when leading at the half.
THE SERIES This is the 81st meeting between Duquesne and Pitt in a series that dates back to Jan. 13, 1932 ... Pitt holds a 49-31 advantage overall ... this is the third meeting at CONSOL Energy Center ... No. 3 (AP) Pitt defeated Duquesne 80-66 in the inaugural game at CONSOL and last year the No. 17 (AP) Panthers defeated the Dukes 80-69 ... three years ago, the Dukes and Panthers played in the final basketball game at Mellon Arena, with Pitt emerging with a 67-58 double overtime win ... the seven games before that alternated between Pitt's Petersen Events Center and Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center ... 2012-13 marks the 43rd consecutive season the two teams have met ... the last time Duquesne and Pitt did not play was in 1969-70 ... DU snapped an eight-game Pitt win streak with an 80-69 win on Feb. 5, 1998 and won again at Mellon Arena on Dec. 21, 2000 by a 71-70 count, giving the Dukes wins in two of the past 15 meetings ... Pitt has won the past 11 ... the 11-game streak is a series high for either team ... DU head coach Jim Ferry is 0-10 against Big East schools (0-1 at Duquesne) ... Ferry has never faced a Big East school on his home court ... DU lost at Big East Georgetown, 61-55, on Nov. 11.
NOT TOO OFTEN This is just the ninth time in the past 27 meetings that Duquesne has entered the Pitt game with a winning record. Six of the nine have come in the past six seasons (4-3 this year, 4-2 last year, 3-1 in 2010-11, 5-1 in 2009-10, 4-1 in 2008-09 and 6-1 in 2007-08). The others: 5-4 on Jan. 6, 1992, 4-1 on Dec. 19, 1992 and 3-2 on Dec. 18, 1993.
BEEN A LONG TIME uquesne's last win over a Big East team was on Nov. 25, 2002 when Danny Nee's Dukes defeated West Virginia, 86-82, at the Palumbo Center. Since then, DU has lost 19 in a row to Big East schools (nine to Pitt, eight to West Virginia, one to Boston College and one at Georgetown on Nov. 11).
70 BELOW Duquesne is 4-0 under Jim Ferry when scoring 70 points or more and 0-3 when held under 70. Duquesne hasn't scored 70 or more in the past 11 Pitt games (60.0 ppg. over that span). The last time DU scored 70 or more against the Panthers was in the Dukes' last win, 71-70 at Mellon Arena on Dec. 21, 2000.
THE CENTURY MARK Duquesne was the first team to top the century mark in the series with a 100-66 win at the Civic Arena on Dec. 9, 1967. The Dukes topped 100 again in a 100-94 win on Dec. 6, 1974. The 194 points scored in that game stand as the most total points ever scored in a DU/Pitt clash. Pitt has topped 100 on two occasions - in a 102-77 win on Jan. 12, 1987 and in a 102-91 victory on Dec. 91, 1992.
ON THE REBOUND Pitt has dominated Duquesne on the glass in recent years, including +20 rebounding margins in the past two games. During its current 11-game series win streak, Pitt has outrebounded DU by an average margin of +12.7 rpg. (44.2-to-31.5). The last time Duquesne outrebounded Pitt was in its last series win - a 34-29 margin in a 71-70 win at the Civic Arena on Dec. 12, 2000.
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
0 Andre Marhold Came off the bench in 38 games as a freshman and sophomore, started 22 times in `12 ... pulled down nine rebounds and blocked five shots in the season opener at Albany ... matched the rebound total at Appalachian State ... his 70 career blocks rank sixth on DU's career list ... is 5-of-16 from the foul line in his past three games (.458 for the season).
1 Derrick Colter Has started all seven games at point guard ... leads the team in assists (32, 4.6 apg.) and minutes per game (29.7) ... his 17 points in the opener at Albany were the most by a DU freshman in the first game of the season since Scott Grote scored 23 against Youngstown State on Nov. 13, 2006 ... topped that with 18 in the win over Youngstown State ... has led the team in assists six times ... handed out a season high seven assists vs. both James Madison and at Appalachian State ... added 12 points in the OT win over JMU.
2 P.J. Torres Has been a pleasant surpirse off the bench ... averaged 5.0 minutes in 14 games last year ... 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 in scoring 12 points against James Madison ... it was the first career double digit game for Torres who scored 13 total points as a freshman ... had nine points in nine first-half minutes in the overtime win over JMU ... followed that with eight points against North Dakota State ... is 4-of-10 from the arc (.400) and 6-of-8 (.750) from the foul line this season.
3 Marvin Binney Has seen action in all seven games off the bench ... is 2-of-3 from the 3-point arc in his past three games ... had two assists in 11 minutes at Appalachian State ... followed that with four points and two assists in 13 minutes vs. Maine.
5 Jerry Jones Saw his scoring average jump from 1.0 ppg. as a freshman to 6.4 ppg. last season ... has scored in double digits three times including a career-high 22 point outing at Appalachian State ... went 8-of-10 from the field in helping the Dukes to their first road win ... 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 ... followed that with 12 points and a career high four steals against James Madison ... added career highs in rebounds (9) and blocks (2) in the win over Youngstown State.
21 Quevyn Winters Has provided scoring punch off the bench ... has playe in all seven games ... has scored in double digits a team-high four times with 19 vs. James Madison, 18 against Youngstown State, 15 in the opener at Albany and 13 vs. Maine ... added 11 boards vs. UAlbany for his first career double-double ... leads the team with 14 3-pointers (.438) ... has hit three in a game four times ... earned All-Tournament honors in the Pittsburgh Sub Regional of the Progressive Legends Classic (Nov. 19,-21) with 37 points in three games ... 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 ... scored 12 consecutive points during a 6:55 span of the second half to help DU rally from a six-point deficit ... followed a scoreless outing against North Dakota State with a game high-tying 18 points in an 84-74 win over Youngstown State ... 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 ... averaged 12.3 points on .500 shooting (.417 from the arc) and 5.0 rebounds in the three games ... hit a clutch 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to give the Dukes a one-point lead, then pulled down a big rebound on the following defensive possession to help DU to a 73-72 win at Appalachian State ... is 14-of-23 (.609) from the field and 8-of-13 (.615) from the 3-point arc in his past three games.
22 Kadeem Pantophlet Has scored in double digits three times in seven games after doing so twice in 30 games last year ... tied his career high with four 3-pointers (4-of-6) in scoring 13 points against Youngstown State ... added then career-high six rebounds in 22 minutes vs. the Penguins ... scored 11 points to along with a new career-high seven rebounds and two steals at Appalachian State ... followed that by tying his career scoring high with 14 points - all in 11 second-half minutes - in the win over Maine ... also tied his career high with 7 boards against the Black Bears ... had two career starts entering the season ... has started each of DU's first seven games ... scored eight points in DU's first four games ... has 38 in the last three ... also has 20 rebounds in his past three outings ... last three games: 12.7 ppg., 6.7 rpg. on 13-of-21 shooting (.619) ... also 8-of-14 (.571) from the arc in his past three games.
23 Jeremiah Jones Has played in all seven games with starts in the last three ... has emerged as one of DU's most consistent defenders ... scored eight twice off the bench (at Albany and vs. James Madison) ... had six points, six rebounds and two assists in his first career start vs. Youngstown State ... added six points and four rebounds in his second start at Appalachian State ... followed that with a career-high 15 points to go along with three assists and two steals in the win over Maine ... DU is 3-0 since Jones joined the starting lineup.
32 Sean Johnson Enters the Pitt game with 982 career points in 100 games ... leads the team with 48 career double-digit scoring games including three this season ... has scored 20 or more twice this year (21 at Georgetown & 20 vs. James Madison in back-to-back games) ... set a new career high with six assists against Youngstown State ... entered the season with a 2.2 rpg. career average, is averaging 4.9 rpg. through seven games.
33 Martins Abele Played in six games before becoming academically ineligible in mid-December of last season ... has played in all seven games this year ... 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 ... shooting .647 ... had four points and two boards in 17 minutes at Georgetown ... had four points - including a big bucket to end a 14-0 Appalachian State run - along with five rebounds in 12 minutes at App State ... added seven points (5-of-6 from the line) and five boards in 13 minutes vs Maine.
34 Mamadou Datt Is sitting out the first semester to concentrate on academics ... injured his left knee in practice on October 30 ... it is the same knee he had meniscus surgery on on April 5th (wasn't cleared to begin workouts until August 27) ... underwent additional surgery on Nov. 15 ... is expected to be held out of practice for 2-4 weeks.
35 Derrick Martin Has seen action in four games ... had four points, three rebounds and a block in 14 minutes vs. NDSU ... has not played since Nov. 21 vs. Youngstown State.
OTHERS Second-year walk-on sophomore Sam Bott has yet to see action in 2012-13 ... his last appearance was on Dec. 31, 2011 when he played a career-high four minutes in a 118-72 win over Houston Baptist ... first-year freshmen walk-ons Nick Foschia and Christian Johnston have not played.