#DUQMBB To Host UMBC Wednesday at Palumbo
Dec. 3, 2013
GAME 6 / UMBC (3-5) VS. DUQUESNE (2-3)
DU VS. THE AMERICA EAST
IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
• Four of the Dukes’ top fi ve scorers are fi rst year players: UAB transfer Ovie Soko (18.0 ppg.), JC transfer Tra’Vaughn White (14.4), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (9.6) and firstyear Drake transfer Micah Mason (8.8). Mason is currently out with a broken bone in his hand (suffered Nov. 20 vs. Albany).
• Six players have scored 10 or more in a game for DU, which is averaging 79.0 ppg. DU has had at least four double-digit scorers in three of fi ve games.
• The Dukes have made signifi cant strides in their 3-point shooting defense in the past two games. DU’s fi rst three opponents - Abilene Christian (7-25), New Hampshire (15-27) and West Virginia (10-18) - shot a combined 32-of-70 (.457) from the arc. The last two, Albany (4-14) and Pitt (3-16), have been limited to a combined 7-of-30 (.233).
• Duquesne is in its second season under head coach Jim Ferry. Ferry, who came to DU after leading LIU Brooklyn to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2011 & 2012), is the 16th coach in school history. This is the 98th season for Duquesne basketball.
• 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. DU also has three fi rst-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). The 12 scholarship players on the 2013-14 roster brought a combined 10 total seasons of Division I experience into the season.
• 10 of the 14 players on the current active roster are freshmen or sophomores.
• The Dukes will have nine scholarship players in uniform for the UMBC game. Sophomore guard Micah Mason (8.8, 2.8), DU’s top 3-point shooter, is out with a broken hand suffered on Nov. 20 vs. Albany. Sixseven, 220-pound Isaiah Watkins, who underwent leg surgery on January 31 in his hometown of Toronto, had additional arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 3. He was cleared to practice on Monday, Dec. 2. His return to competition date is to be determined. A second Canadian freshman forward, 6-8, 255-pound Jordan Robinson, has not been certifi ed as eligible by the NCAA and has yet to practice.
• Senior Ovie Soko (18.0, 10.2) has posted three double-doubles in fi ve games. The UAB transfer, who scored in double digits 28 times - all in his fi nal 60 games - with the Blazers, has totaled 14 or more points in his five games as a Duke. The last Duquesne player to average a double-double for an season was Damian Saunders in 2009-10 (15.0, 11.3). Prior to Saunders, you have to go all the way back to 1981-82 (Bruce Atkins 16.1, 10.4) to fi nd a double-double Duke.
• First-year Drake transfer Micah Mason, the top 3-point shooter in the Missouri Valley Conference last season (40-of-79, .506), was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Nov. 8 - the day before the season opener against Abilene Christian. Mason, a sophomore, hit a 3-pointer on his fi rst touch in a Dukes uniform, 28 seconds after entering the ACU game. The western Pa. native had his breakout game with 18 points on 5-of-7 3-point shooting at WVU, before breaking a bone in his right hand in the fi rst half of DU’s 70-59 win over Albany three day’s later. Mason, who is 9-of-17 from the arc with two turnovers in 96 total minutes, will be out indefi nitely.
• Sophomore guard Derrick Colter, who became just the fi fth player - and fi rst 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 against Abilene Christian. It was the fi fth 20-point game of his young career. Colter (11.4 ppg.) leads the team with 14 assists and 10 3-pointers (.417).
• First-year JC transfer forward Dominique McKoy, who is shooting .667, ranks second to Soko with an 7.4 rpg. average. McKoy, who has had at least six rebounds in every game, has scored in double digits three times.
• First-year transfer guard Tra’Vaughn White, who led the nation’s JC’s in scoring last year at 25.9 ppg., has picked up where he left off with double-digit points in four of fi ve games at Duquesne. White, who is shooting .500 (6-of-14, .429 from 3-point), has converted fi ve traditional three-point plays on the young season.
• Freshman guard Desmond Ridenour scored all of his career-high nine points in 14 fi rst-half minutes against Pitt. The Ohio native tied for the team lead with three assists with just one turnover in 29 total minutes.
• 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”). • DU has five first-time opponents on the 13-game non-conference schedule in Abilene Christian, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire, NJIT & Texas-Pan American.
• The Dukes are facing teams from the ACC (L, Pitt), Big 12 (L, 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 fi nalist), 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.