Dukes at Green Bay Wednesday Night
Dec. 7, 2010
DUQUESNE (3-3) at GREEN BAY (4-4)
DUQUESNE RADIO: WPBG-FM (104.7) with Ray Goss & Jarrett Durham
DUKES OFF TO GREEN BAY: Duquesne (3-3), coming off a 77-73 loss at Penn State on Saturday, heads to Wisconsin to face Green Bay (4-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 8:05 (EST). Green Bay, a member of the Horizon League, is 3-1 at Resch Center including a 74-59 win over conference foe Youngstown State on Saturday. UWBG's lone home loss came in a league game to 10-0 Cleveland State. This will be Duquesne's first game in Wisconsin since a 69-55 loss at Marquette on Feb. 16, 1982. DU's only other trip to the Badger State was on Jan. 14, 1941 when the Dukes defeated Marquette 24-18 in Milwaukee. Green Bay's losses have come to teams with a combined 28-6 record (Marquette: 6-2, San Diego State: 8-0, IUPUI: 4-5 and Cleveland State: 10-0). Duquesne is 1-2 on the road with a win at Bowling Green (90-54) sandwiched by losses at Robert Morris (69-63) and at Penn State (77-73).
DU AT A GLANCE: Duquesne has been led by senior 1,000-point scorers F/G Bill Clark (18.2, 7.0; 23 3-pointers) and F Damian Saunders (15.0, 7.0, 2.8b). Ten players are averaging 11 or more minutes per game. The Dukes have returned to their running ways under fifth-year head coach Ron Everhart (83.8 ppg.). DU leads the nation with 11.3 3-point FGs/g. and ranks third in assists/g. (20.0 apg.). True freshmen T.J. McConnell (9.8 ppg., 3.3 spg.) and Mike Talley (8.5 ppg.) have started three times in the backcourt. The duo has combined for 49 assists and 19 turnovers.
DUQUESNE LATELY: Senior preseason All-A10 pick Damian Saunders became DU's all-time shot blocker with four rejections at Penn State ... Saunders' 230 blocks in 101 games broke the previous record of 229 in 114 games set by Derrick Alston from 1991-94 ... Saunders' 210 career steals rank third on the all-time list, nine short of breaking the school mark of 218 set by Kenya Hunter from 1993-96 ... senior Bill Clark, who has hit five or more 3-pointers in a game four times, leads DU at 18.2 ppg. ... Clark, who is 22-of-42 from the arc in his past five g., ranks second nationally with 3.8 3-pt. FGs/g. ... DU, which shot .261 from the 3-point arc last season (282nd nationally), is shooting .407 from long distance (27th nationally) and is averaging a nation's best 11.3 "3s"/g. through six games ... the Dukes, who are averaging 20.0 assists/g. (3rd nationally), have assisted on 69% of their field goals ... freshman T.J. McConnell (9.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 5.0 apg., 3.3 spg.) ranks 5th nationally in steals/g. ... the 6-0 Pittsburgh native nearly posted the second triple-double in school history in 27 minutes at Bowling Green (10-11-9a) ... DU is competing without starting PG Eric Evans who is recovering from Oct. 27 foot surgery (out 6-8 weeks).
THE SERIES: This is the first meeting between the Dukes and Phoenix ... it will albo be Duquesne's third game in the state of Wisconsin ... the others were both against Marquette (Jan. 14, 1941 & Feb. 16, 1982) ... Green Bay returns its top two scorers in the senior backcourt of 5-10 Rhaman Fletcher (16.6 ppg.) and 6-3 Bryquis Perine (14.1 ppg.) from a team that went 22-13 in advancing to the second round of the CBI last season ... UWGB lost in the second round at Saint Louis in double overtime (68-62) ... Fletcher and Perine (both leftys) have played in 207 career games between them (104 for Fletcher and 103 for Perine) ... Fletcher has 100 starts under his belt ... this is the fourth consecutive home game for Green Bay which is 2-1 at Resch Center this season ... UWGB went 11-4 at home last season including an overtime win over No. 20 (AP) Wisconsin (88-84) ... Perine had 22 points and Fletcher added 18 in that game ... 30-year-old Brian Wardle, a five-year assistant at UWGB, was named head coach on April 15 ...Green Bay has gone 44-24 (.647) over the past two years with back-to-back CBI appearances ... they are the school's first postseason trips since 1996 ... this is the first game of a home-and-home series.
YOUTH VS. EXPERIENCE: The veteran Green Bay backcourt of senior Rahmon Fletcher and Bryquis Perine has a combined 207 games of experience. Duquesne's true freshman backcourt of T.J. McConnell and Mike Talley has played in a total of 12 college games. Fletcher has played in 104 games with 100 starts and Perine has 103 games and 44 starts under his belt. For Duquesne, McConnell has five starts and Talley four.
NOTES FROM THE DUKES CLIPBOARD
DU, which has gone 10-19, 17-13, 21-13 & 16-16 in four seasons under head coach Ron Everhart, has posted 15+ wins in three straight years for the first time since `68-73. Duquesne was coming off a 3-24 season, and had finished above .500 once (1994) in the 21 years prior to Everhart taking over in 2006-07.
The Dukes, who are averaging 16 wins per season under Everhart, won more than 16 games once (17-13 in 1994) in 25 seasons prior to Everhart's arrival.
Thousand-point scoring seniors Damian Saunders (First Team All-Atlantic 10, A-10 Defensive Player of the Year & A-10 All-Defense Team) and Bill Clark lead the way for the Dukes in 2011. Saunders, who ranked among the NCAAs top 15 in steals (2nd), rebounds (6th), blocks (13th) and double-doubles (6th) last season, is averaging 15.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 2.8 bpg. in 2010-11. Clark, who has 175 career 3-pointers, is averaging a team-best 18.3 ppg. Saunders topped the 1,000-point mark on Feb. 11, 2010 vs. UMass and Clark did it three days later vs. La Salle. Both topped 1,000 as juniors in their 88th game.
The 6-7 Saunders, who was first player in DU history to be named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, finished two steals shy of becoming the first player over 6-6 to lead the nation in steals per game (Saunders finished second nationally at 2.8 spg.). Saunders' 89 steals in 32 games shattered the DU season record of 71 he set in 34 games as a sophomore. He has five steals in five games this season.
Saunders became Duquesne's all-time leading shot blocker with his four rejections at Penn State on Dec. 4 ... Saunders, who has 230 career blocks, broke the old mark of 229 set by Derrick Alston in 114 games from 1991-94 ... Saunders broke the record in his 101st game ... his swat of a Taran Buie layup attempt with 11:26 to go put him past Alston.
Saunders was the first Duquesne player in 39 years to open a season with six-straight double-doubles. He added a second in-season streak of nine more in a row. His 20 double-doubles were the most by a DU player since Bruce Atkins' 22 in 1980-81. He didn't go longer than three games without a double-double in 2010. Saunders posted his fist double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds (and five assists & three blocks) vs. No. 3 (AP) Pitt on Dec. 1.
Saunders' 11.3 rebounds per game average - in addition to being tied for the tenth-best average in Atlantic 10 history - was the best by a Duquesne player since Bruce Atkins averaged 11.7 rpg. in 1980-81 ... his 360 total rebounds were the most by a DU player since Dick Ricketts pulled down a school record 450 in 1954-55.
DU is 55-8 (3-0 in 2011) when leading with 5:00 minutes left under Ron Everhart ... the Dukes have won their last six games decided by three for fewer points (0-0 this year, 5-0 in 2010).
Everhart's Dukes have posted 22 road wins in five seasons. Of the 22 wins, 15 have been by double digits. In the 10 seasons prior to Everhart's arrival, Duquesne went 17-106 on the road with three double-digit victories.
Ron Everhart's Dukes have scored 100 or more points 10 times in his five seasons. Only Red Manning, who saw his DU teams score 100 or more 23 times in 16 seasons (1959-74) has coached more triple-digit scoring Duquesne teams. Everhart's Dukes have scored 100 or more on the road five times.
Duquesne has led at the half in five of six games this season.
Duquesne's 16 3-pointers in its 110-67 season-opening win over Division II Bluefield State were one shy of the school record ... DU's 30 assists (on 41 field goals) tied the third-highest total in school history.
The Dukes have had five or more double-digit scorers in all three wins (DU had two with 10 or more in a 69-63 loss at Robert Morris and three in double digits in the losses to Pitt and Penn State).
Eight players have scored in double digits in DU's first six games.
DU has hit at least eight 3-pointers in each of its first six games (16 vs. Bluefield, 10 at Robert Morris, nine at Bowling Green, 11 vs. UMBC, eight vs. Pitt & 14 at Penn State). Six players have attempted at least 15 3-pointers. Three are shooting 40 percent or better from the arc: T.J. McConnell (.526, 10-of-19), Bill Clark (.479, 23-of-48) and Damian Saunders (.400, 6-of-15). Ten of the 11 players on the roster have hit at least one 3-pointer. The Dukes have attempted at least 21 "threes" in every game.
Senior forward/guard Bill Clark, who has 23 3-pointers in six games, currently ranks fourth on DU's all-time list ... he needs five to pass Wayne Smith (179 from 1999-02) and move into the No. 3 spot ... Tom Pipkins (311 from 1994-97) holds the school record ... he's followed by Tony Petrarca (287 from 1987-91) ... Clark is already third in career attempts with 507 ... Clark has hit five 3-pointers in a game four times this season ... all four have come away from home (at Robert Morris, at Bowling Green, vs. Pitt and at Penn State) ... he began the week ranked second nationally with 3.8 3-pointers per game ... Clark, who entered the season averaging 2.1 assists per game, is averaging 3.3 apg. ... he had a career-high nine in the season opener vs. Bluefield State ... Clark flirted with a triple-double with 15 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes vs. the Division II Big Blues ... Clark, who has scored 20 or more in a game twice (22 at Robert Morris and 20 vs. Pitt), posted his seventh career double-double, and first this season, at Penn State (19-10) ... Clark leads the team with six charges taken ... senior forward Damian Saunders became DU's all-time blocked shot leader when he swatted four at Penn State on Dec. 4 ... the final block - of a Taran Buie layup with 11:26 to go - broke the previous record of 229 set by Derrick Alston in 114 games from 1991-94 ... the Penn State game was Saunders' 101st ... Saunders enters the Green Bay game with 230 blocks ... his 210 career steals are nine shy of breaking the school record of 218 set by current Georgetown assistant coach Kenya Hunter from 1993-96 ... Saunders, whose 20 double-doubles ranked sixth nationally last season, posted his first of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds vs. No. 3 (AP) Pitt ... he added five assists and three blocks in 34 minutes vs. the Panthers ... he followed that by tying his career high with four 3-pointers in scoring 23 at Penn State ... it is just the second time in his career he has had 20 or more in back-to-back games (he had 21 at Dayton, 23 vs. Saint Louis and 21 at Rhode Island in consecutive games last year) ... he is 15-of-27 (.556) from the field with seven blocks in his past two games ... true freshman T.J. McConnell began the week ranked fifth nationally in steals per game (3.3) ... his 2.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (30-11) was the best in the Atlantic 10 ... he has scored in double digits four times with a high of 14 vs. No. 3 (AP) Pitt ... the six-footer had 11 rebounds to go along with 10 points and nine assists in 27 minutes at Bowling Green in nearly becoming the second player in school history to post a triple-double ... McConnell played just nine minutes in the second half of the lopsided win ... has handed out five or more assists in a game four times ... is shooting .590 from the field and .526 (10-of-19) from the 3-point arc ... fellow freshman Mike Talley has started four times ... Talley, who scored a season high 17 points in the opener vs. Bluefield State, has scored in double digits three times ... he hit five 3-pointers in the opening day win over Bluefield ... has 19 assists with just eight turnovers ... has turned it over one or fewer times in five of six games (he has a season high four at Bowling Green) ... has struggled from the field as of late, going 3-of-15 (1-of-8 from 3-point) in DU's past two games ... junior guard/forward B.J. Monteiro has scored in double digits four times with a high of 21 on 9-of-10 shooting at Bowling Green ... the BGSU game followed a 2-of-10, eight-point performance in the loss at Robert Morris ... has tied his career high with three steals in two of the past three games (vs. UMBC and at Penn State) ... is second on the team with 15 offensive rebounds ... has blocked at least one shot in five of six games ... has scored 39 points in three starts and 37 points in three games off the bench ... sophomore guard Sean Johnson has scored 27 in three starts and 28 in three off the bench ... posted a season-high 17 in the opener vs. Bluefield State ... has scored in double digits three times ... is 3-of-12 with nine turnovers in his past two games ... sophomore forward/center Rodrigo Peggau posted career highs in points (14) and rebounds (12) in his first career double-double in the opening day win over Bluefield State ... he has 14 points and 15 rebounds in five games since ... averaging 14.5 minutes per game ... has started four times ... true freshman forward Joel Wright has played in all six games off the bench ... has played a season high 16 minutes twice (vs. Bluefield State and at Bowling Green) ... had 11 points (5-of-8 from the line) and five rebounds in 12 minutes vs. UMBC ... is 7-of-15 (.467) from the foul line on the season ... true freshman Jerry Jones has also played in all six games off the bench ... averaging 11.3 minutes per game ... scored a season-high five in 10 minutes vs. UMBC ... shooting .313 (5-of-16) ... has played double-digit minutes three times ... sophomore Andre Marhold played double digit minutes off the bench in each of the first four games before being sidelined with a strained groin vs. Pitt and at Penn State ... played a season-high 17 minutes at Bowling Green ... blocked three shots in the opener vs. Bluefield State ... is 5-of-7 from the field ... senior forward David Theis has played in three games ... scored five points in eight minutes against Bluefield State and had four points in five minutes at Bowling Green ... has not played in the past two games ... has played in 44 career games. ... Duquesne began the week ranked 1st nationally in 3-pointers per game (11.3), 3rd in assists per game (20.0), 13th in scoring offense (83.8) and 15th in steals per game (10.0) ... DU has had 20 or more assists in a game four times ... the Dukes forced at least 20 turnovers in each of their first four games before Pitt had 19 and Penn State had just one of its 14 in the second half on Saturday ... the Dukes are averaging 105.5 points per game at home and 73.0 ppg. on the road.