#DUQMBB To Host Penn State Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Center
Dukes and Nittany Lions will tip Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at CONSOL Energy Center

Dec. 9, 2013

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GAME 7 - Penn State (7-3) vs. Duquesne (3-3)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • 7:00 EST
Pittsburgh, Pa. • CONSOL Energy Center (flex seating up to 19,000)

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The Last Meeting
Penn State84
December 29, 2012
State College, Pa.
Dukes Rally Falls Short in 84-74 Loss at Penn State
D.J. Newbill had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Nick Colella added a career-high 15 points off the bench as Penn State (8-4) held off hard-charging Duquesne (7-7) to post an 84-74 win at Bryce Jordan Center.


PSU, a member of the Big Ten Conference, leads the series 25-19 ... in games played at Pittsburgh, Duquesne leads 13-7 ... DU has won three of the past four meetings in Pittsburgh ... this is the second of a four-game home-and-home series ... the two resumed the long-time series with home-and-home meetings in 2010-11 and 2011-12 ... last year, PSU opened the new four-game set with an 84-74 win at State College ... Duquesne won 66-59 at CONSOL Energy Center in 2011-12 ... three years ago, the Nittany Lions defeated the Dukes 77-73 at Bryce Jordan Center in the first meeting between the former Eastern 8 rivals since 1994 ... PSU has one of the most experienced backcourts in the Big Ten in 2012 first-team all-conference guard Tim Frazier (18.6 ppg.), who returns after missing last season due to injury, and D.J. Newbill who averaged 16.3 ppg. in earning honorable mention All-Big Ten last season ... Newbill is averaging a team-high 19.1 ppg. this season ... Penn State also added fifth-year transfer guard Allen Roberts, who scored 724 points in 92 career games at Miami, Ohio (12.3 ppg. with 46 3-pointers last season) ... the Nittany Lions are in their third season under head coach Pat Chambers ... DU and PSU shared membership in the Eastern 8 for 12 seasons (1977-79 & 1983-91) ... Penn State is 1-1 on the road with an 83-71 win at Penn and a 78-69 loss at Pitt ... the Nittany Lions, who are coming off a 90-77 home win over Marshall on Saturday, also own a home win over Atlantic 10 conference member La Salle (79-72).

Leftovers from Duquesne's 94-88 win over UMBC last Wednesday: the Dukes were led by the starting backcourt of Tra'Vaughn White (22 points, 5 assists) and Derrick Colter (20 points, 7 assists, 4 steals) ... White and Colter combined for 29 of DU's 54 second-half points ... Colter went 6-of-8 (3-of-4 from 3-point) and White was 8-of-13 from the floor ... Duquesne fell behind 5-0 before tying it at 5-5 at the 17:44 mark ... DU never trailed from that point on ... there were four more ties before the Dukes took the lead for good at 26-23 on a Jerry Jones 3-pointer ... Jones, who had two points in Duquesne's first three games, scored 12 of his season-high 14 in 15 first half minutes ... Duquesne's largest lead was 18 on three occasions, the last at 72-54 with 8:07 left ... the Dukes finished with 22 assists and 12 turnovers ... UMBC assisted on 23 field goals and turned it over 16 times ... DU outscored UMBC 25-10 off turnovers ... White set season highs for points (22), rebounds (4), steals (2) and minutes (36) ... he also tied his season high with 5 assists ... forward Ovie Soko, who led the Dukes with 9 rebounds, scored a season-low 6 points ... it was his first game under 14 points this season ... Duquesne set Jim Ferry Era highs for: shooting percentage (.596), free throws attempted (41), assists (22) and second half points (54) ... DU's 94 overall points tied the Ferry Era high set in the season opening 94-75 win over Abilene Christian.

Duquesne is 221-232 (.488) in non-conference games since 1976-77 as members of the Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 and Midwestern Collegiate Conference (1992-93 only), including a 146-70 mark at home (54-123 on the road & 21-39 neutral). The Dukes have not had a losing non-conference record since 2006-07. DU is 9-10 in non-league play under Jim Ferry (8-2 at home, 1-6 on the road & 0-3 neutral).


• 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 first-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 total of 10 seasons of Division I experience into the season.

• 10 of the 14 players on the current active roster are freshmen or sophomores.

• Four of the Dukes' top five scorers are first year players: UAB transfer Ovie Soko (16.0 ppg.), JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White (15.7), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (10.2) and first-year 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 and three have reached the 20-point mark (Derrick Colter & Tra'Vaughn White twice each and Ovie Soko once) for the Dukes who are averaging 81.5 ppg. DU has had at least four double-digit scorers in four of six games.

• The Dukes, who had nine scholarship players in uniform for the past two games, could see the debut of freshman forward Isaiah Watkins against Penn State. The 6-7, 220-pound Canadian, 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. 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. A second Canadian, freshman forward, 6-8, 255-pound Jordan Robinson, has not been certified as eligible by the NCAA and has yet to practice.

• Senior Ovie Soko (16.0, 10.0) has posted three double-doubles in six games. The UAB transfer, who scored in double digits 28 times - all in his final 60 games - with the Blazers, totaled 14 or more points in his five games as a Duke, before being limited to 6 n the win over UMBC. 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 find 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 first 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 first 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 indefinitely.

• Sophomore guard Derrick Colter, who became just the fifth player - and first 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 and added 20 points, 7 assists and a career high-tying 4 steals vs. UMBC. Colter has reached the 20-point mark six times in his young career. Colter (12.8 ppg.) leads the team with 21 assists and 13 3-pointers (.464).

• First-year JC transfer F Dominique McKoy, who is shooting .667, ranks second to Soko with a 7.5 rpg. average. McKoy, who has had at least six rebounds in every game, has scored in double digits four 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 five of six games at Duquesne. White, who is shooting .523 (7-of-17, .412 from 3-point), has converted a team-high six traditional three-point plays on the young season.

• Freshman guard Desmond Ridenour scored all of his career-high nine points in 14 first-half minutes against Pitt. The Ohio native tied for the team lead with three assists with just one turnover in 29 total minutes. Ridenour is averaging just under 20 minutes per game off the bench.

• 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 finalist), 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.




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