Robert Morris has won three of the past four meetings at Sewall Center.
Dec. 13, 2012
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GAME 11 / DUQUESNE (6-4) at ROBERT MORRIS (6-4)
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 7:00 EST Moon Township, Pa.
Charles L. Sewall Center (3,056)
Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
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Duquesne (6-4), which came back from a 15-point deficit to defeat West Virginia, 60-56 at CONSOL Energy Center on Tuesday, completes its version of rivalry week at Robert Morris (6-4) on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Dukes, who lost to city rival Pitt on Dec. 5, have won five of six heading into Saturday's game.
Duquesne leads the series with RMU 15-7, but the Colonials have won the past two, matching their longest streak in series history. Robert Morris, which is 3-0 at home this season, has won three of the past four meetings at Sewall Center.
Duquesne's rally from a 38-23 deficit early in the second half vs. WVU was the school's best comeback in 15 years. On Dec. 6, 1997, Scott Edgar's Dukes came back from a 19-point second half deficit to defeat Radford, 88-82. Jerry Jones (16 points) and freshman Derrick Colter (12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals) combined to score DU's final 19 points vs. WVU.
The Last Meeting
December 6, 2011
A.J. Palumbo Center
The Dukes, who ranked 337th of 338th schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.), are outrebounding opponents by +5.2 margin - a net improvement of 12.7 rebounds per game. DU has outrebounded two opponents by 20 or more (+24 vs. Youngstown State and +26 vs. New Orleans).
First-year Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry's
Dukes are receiving contributions from up and down the roster ... 10 players have seen action in all 10 games ... nine have scored in double digits, six have led the team in scoring and seven have either led - or tied for the team lead - in single-game rebounding.
Duquesne, which is 5-1 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).
, who will be playing in his 104th game, became the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history with a game-high 21 vs. New Orleans on Saturday. Johnson enters the RMU game with 1,022 points (he needs 13 to pass Ed Dahler and move into the No. 34 spot).
Duquesne has outscored opponents 280-186 in bench points (28.0-to-18.6 per game). That's an average of +9.4 ppg.
True freshmen Derrick Colter
(29.5), Quevyn Winters
(22.6) and Jeremiah Jones
(21.8) are averaging over 20 minutes per game ... the threesome is accounting for 38.8 percent of the DU's points ... the Dukes are 5-1 since Jeremiah Jones
joined the starting lineup (Nov. 21 vs. Youngstown State),
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 1-4 when holding opponents under 70 points.
SERIES QUICK NOTES
DU leads the series 15-7 ... RMU, under third-year head coach Andrew Toole, is looking to win three in a row over DU for the first time in series history ... RMU has won three of the past four meetings at Sewall Center ... the Colonials finished 26-11 and advanced to their fourth-straight NEC Tournament title game last season, before losing to No. 1 seed Long Island which was led by first-year DU coach Jim Ferry ... RMU has made four post-season appearances in the past five years ... advanced to the CIT quarterfinal last season ... return four starters and nine lettermen led by first team All-NEC guard Velton Jones (11.5 ppg., 5.4 apg.) and All-Rookie team member Lucky Jones (10.6 ppg., 6.3 rpg.) ... RMU returns 92.2 percent of its scoring, 86.2 percent of its rebounding and 88.8 percent of its assists from last season ... is 123-60 (.672) over the last six seasons ... the 117 wins entering this season ranked tied for ninth (with Kent State) among mid-major programs.
Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry is more than familiar with Robert Morris, having coached against the Colonials for 10 seasons while at Long Island ... Ferry went 9-9 against RMU as a member of the Northeast Conference ... Ferry's Blackbirds defeated Robert Morris coach Andrew Toole's Colonials in the NEC Tournament title game in 2011 (85-82 in OT) and 2012 (90-73).
MORE ON THE COLONIALS
Robert Morris has been idle since a 66-54 win at Hampton on Dec. 8 ... RMU is 3-0 at home with wins over Bowling Green (71-60), Cleveland State (71-62) and Ohio (84-76) ... the Colonials have played a pair of Atlantic 10 schools in Fordham (a 74-58 neutral-site win) and Xavier (a 61-59 road loss) .... RMU is 51-10 at Sewall Center over the past five seasons ... of the 10 losses, one has come to Duquesne (88-62 on Dec. 28, 2008) and one to a Jim Ferry-coached LIU Brooklyn team (83-67 on Jan. 20, 2011) .... first-year junior guard Karvel Anderson has been a pleasant surprise for RMU ... the Gary, Ind. native, who came to Robert Morris via Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Mich., is averaging a team-high 12.1 ppg. ... Anderson hit all eight of his 3-point attempts (10-of-10 for the game) in scoring 28 points in the win over Ohio ... the 6-2 Anderson also led the Colonials with 17 points in their two-point loss at Xavier .... he is shooting .433 from the 3-point arc (36-of-60).
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 10 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 76 career blocks rank sixth on DU's career list ... swatted three shots vs. West Virginia ... is 8-of-26 from the foul line in his past six games (.412 for the season).
1 Derrick Colter
Has started all 10 games at point guard ... leads the team in assists (49, 4.9 apg.) and minutes per game (29.5) ... 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 eight times ... handed out seven assists vs. James Madison, at Appalachian State and vs. West Virginia ... added 12 points in the OT win over JMU ... finished the WVU game with 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals ... hit two driving layups, a free throw and handed out a key assist in the final 2:02 of DU's comeback win over the Mountaineers.
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 10 games off the bench ... has logged double-digit minutes six times ... went 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line in scoring 10 points vs. West Virginia ... 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 five 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 ... scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the final 8:39 to help DU complete a 15-point second half comeback in its 60-56 win over West Virginia ... went 7-of-9 from the field vs. the Mountaineers.
21 Quevyn Winters
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 all 10 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 six games.
23 Jeremiah Jones
Has played in all 10 games with starts in the last six ... has emerged as one of DU's most consistent defenders ... scored a career-high 15 points to go along with three assists and two steals in the win over Maine ... has scored eight in a game three times ... has posted six rebounds twice (vs. Youngstown State and Pitt) ... is 10-of-13 from the foul line ... DU is 5-1 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 75 consecutive games (next closest is Kadeem Pantophlet with 32) ... 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 4.6 rpg. through 10 games.
33 Martins Abele
Played in six games before becoming academically ineligible in mid-December of last season ... has played in all 10 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 .680 ... 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 ... added a team high-tying six boards in 17 minutes vs. WVU ... has missed just two shots (9-of-11 from the field) in his past five 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 five games (two minutes vs. New Orleans).
Second-year walk-on sophomore Sam Bott and first-year freshmen walk-ons Nick Foschia and Christian Johnston all made their 2012-13 debuts vs. New Orleans on Dec. 8