GAME 10 / WEST VIRGINIA (4-3) at DUQUESNE (5-4) Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 7:05 EST Pittsburgh, Pa. CONSOL Energy Center (19,000)
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Duquesne (5-4), which is 4-1 at home this season, moves across the street to host West Virginia (4-3) at CONSOL Energy Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:05 p.m. This is the first of three home games for the Dukes at CONSOL. DU dropped a neutral game to Pitt (45-66) at CONSOL on Dec. 5.
Last season marked the first time in 38 years that the Dukes and Mountaineers did not meet. This is the 87th matchup between the two in a series that dates back to Jan. 30, 1915. DU has faced only one other school - Atlantic 10 member St. Bonaventure - more times than WVU.
DU has played before an average crowd of 8,604 in four all-time home games at CONSOL. The Dukes are 2-2 with wins over Dayton (2010-11) & Penn State (2011-12) and losses to West Virginia (2010-11) & Xavier (2010-11).
The Dukes, who ranked 337th of 338th schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.), are outrebounding opponents by +5.3 margin - a net improvement of 12.8 rebounds per game. DU has outrebounded two opponents by 20 or more (+24 vs. Youngstown State and +26 vs. New Orleans).
Sean Johnson, who will be playing in his 103rd game, became the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history with a game-high 21 vs. New Orleans on Saturday. Johnson enters the WVU game with 1,016 points (he needs 19 to pass Ed Dahler and move into the No. 34 spot).
The Last Meeting
December 12, 2010
CONSOL Energy Center
Dukes Come Up Short Against West Virginia
Jonnie West led West Virginia's comeback from a 12-point deficit, putting the Mountaineers ahead to stay by making two free throws with 3:04 remaining and scoring all 10 of his points in the second half of a 64-61 victory over Duquesne on Sunday night.
Duquesne, which is 4-1 at home, 1-2 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites, has been in Pittsburgh since Nov. 29. DU will not leave the City of Pittsburgh again until Dec. 20 (for its Dec. 22 game at Louisiana-Lafayette). Following the WVU game, DU plays at cross-town Robert Morris on Dec. 15 and hosts Western Michigan at Palumbo on Dec. 19. DU's last road game was Nov. 28 at Appalachian State.
The Dukes return two starters - Sean Johnson (12.9, 4.9) and forward Andre Marhold (5.9, 5.2) - from last year's 16-15 team. Ten players have seen action in each of the Dukes' first nine games.
Duquesne has outscored opponents 252-162 in bench points (28.0-to-18.0 per game). That's an average of +10.0 ppg.
Duquesne is 5-0 when scoring 70 or more and 5-0 when leading at the half ... in an oddity of sorts, the Dukes are 0-4 when holding opponents under 70 points.
SERIES QUICK NOTES This is the 86th meeting between Duquesne and West Virginia ... WVU leads the series 50-36 ... the Mountaineers, in their first Big 12 season, are Duquesne's all-time most frequent non-conference opponent ... this will be game No. 87 ... the series dates back to Jan. 30, 1915 ... last year marked the first time since 1973-74 (38 consecutive seasons) that Duquesne did not face West Virginia ... in games played at Pittsburgh, DU leads 22-17 (13 of the first 15 wins came prior to 1980) ... Duquesne won four of five from 1998-99 to 2002-03 before WVU began a streak of eight-straight series wins with an 88-84 overtime victory in 2003-04 ... on Nov. 25, 2002 Danny Nee's Dukes took an 86-82 decision at the Palumbo Center ... that was DU's last series win ... this will be the second consecutive meeting at CONSOL Energy Center ... on Dec. 12, 2010 at CONSOL, WVU rallied from a 10-point second half deficit to pull out a 64-61 win.
FAMILIAR FACES West Virginia added a pair of Atlantic 10 transfers in point guard Juwan Staten (190 assists as a freshman at Dayton) and 6-10 Aaric Murray (15.2, 7.7, 2.3b as a sophomore at La Salle) who sat out last season. Staten was part of a Dayton team that suffered an 82-64 defeat at the hands of the Dukes on Jan. 30, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center. The Dayton, Ohio native had four points in a team-high 28 minutes for the Flyers. Staten bounced back to score 13 in the rematch - a 64-63 Dayton win at UD Arena two week's later. Staten scored five points in the final 1:24 to help Dayton rally from a six-point deficit. Murray went 0-2 vs. the Dukes while at La Salle. He had 13 points and seven rebounds in a 103-82 loss at the Palumbo Center in 2010 and six points in 30 minutes of an 88-71 home loss to the Dukes the following season. The coach who went 3-1 vs. Staten and Murray's teams while at Duquesne is first-year WVU assistant Ron Everhart. Everhart went 99-89 as head coach at Duquesne from 2006-07 through 2011-12.
MORE ON THE MOUNTAINEERS WVU upped its win streak to three with a 68-67 win over Virginia Tech at WVU Coliseum on Saturday ... Juwan Staten's driving layup with 5 seconds left was the difference ... there were five ties and 12 lead changes ... Aaric Murray scored 15 and Kevin Noreen added a career-high 14 off the bench for the Mountaineers ... WVU outrebounded VT 49-38 with Noreen pulling down a game-high 12.
PLAYER QUICK NOTES
0 Andre Marhold Came off the bench in 38 games as a freshman and sophomore, before starting 22 times in `12 ... has started all eight games this season ... pulled down nine rebounds and blocked five shots in the season opener at Albany ... matched the rebound total at Appalachian State ... scored nine against North Dakota State ... had his top game this season with 14 points (6-of-8 from the field), eight rebounds and two blocks vs. New Orleans ... threw down three dunks - and blocked a dunk attempt - in the win over the Privateers ... his 73 career blocks rank sixth on DU's career list ... is 7-of-24 from the foul line in his past five games (.406 for the season).
1 Derrick Colter Has started all nine games at point guard ... leads the team in assists (42, 4.7 apg.) and minutes per game (29.6) ... has scored in double digits four times ... 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 ... also had 17 points (6-of-9) to go along with eight assists against New Orleans ... has led the team in assists seven times ... handed out 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 ... tied last year's point total in the first three games of the season ... 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 ... handed out a career-high five assists in 12 turnover-free minutes vs. Pitt ... is 6-of-8 (.750) from the foul line this season.
3 Marvin Binney Has seen action in all nine games off the bench ... has logged double-digit minutes five times ... is 2-of-4 from the 3-point arc in his past five 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 four 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 ... scored 10 off the bench to go along with eight rebounds vs. New Orleans.
21 Quevyn Winters Has provided scoring punch off the bench in all nine games ... has scored in double digits 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 17 3-pointers (.395) ... 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.
22 Kadeem Pantophlet Has scored in double digits three times 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 seven boards against the Black Bears ... added seven more rebounds vs. New Orleans ... had two career starts entering the season ... has started each of DU's first nine games ... scored eight points in DU's first four games ... had 38 in a span of three games before going scoreless (0-of-6) vs. Pitt ... has had at least six rebounds in his past five games.
23 Jeremiah Jones Has played in all nine games with starts in the last five ... 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 ... added seven points and six rebounds against Pitt ... DU is 4-1 with Jones in the starting lineup.
32 Sean Johnson Became the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history with 21 vs. New Orleans on Dec. 8 ... went over the 1,000 mark on a 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the first half (it was his 102nd game) ... has played in a team-high 74 consecutive games (next closest is Kadeem Pantophlet with 31) ... leads the team with 50 career double-digit scoring games including a team high five this season ... has scored 20 or more three times this year (21 at Georgetown & 20 vs. James Madison in back-to-back games and 21 vs. New Orleans) ... 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 nine games ... is 6-of-13 from 3-point in his last three games.
33 Martins Abele Played in six games before becoming academically ineligible in mid-December of last season ... has played in all nine 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 .708 ... 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 ... scored six points, including back-to-back dunks, in the loss to Pitt ... had seven points and six rebounds in 16 minutes vs. New Orleans ... has missed just one shot (9-of-10 from the field) in his past four games.
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 Aug. 27) ... underwent additional surgery on Nov. 15 and was cleared to practice on Dec. 4.
35 Derrick Martin Has seen action in five games ... had four points, three rebounds and a block in 14 minutes vs. NDSU ... has played in one of DU's past four games (two minutes vs. New Orleans).