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Derrick Colter led Duquesne with 16 points against RMU last season

 
Derrick Colter led Duquesne with 16 points against RMU last season
 

Dec. 13, 2013

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GAME 8 - Robert Morris (3-7) at Duquesne (3-4)
Saturday, December 14, 2013 • 2:00 EST
Pittsburgh, Pa. • A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)

Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)

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THE SERIES VS. ROBERT MORRIS
DU leads the series 15-8 ... RMU, under fourth-year head coach Andrew Toole, has won three in a row over DU for the first time in series history ... Duquesne holds a 7-2 advantage in games played at Palumbo Center (Robert Morris' two wins came on Dec. 22, 1990 (85-81) and in RMU's last visit on Dec. 6, 2011 (64-60)) ... the Colonials finished 24-11 and won the school's 10th regular season NEC title with a 14-4 record in 2013 ... RMU has made five post-season appearances in the past six years, including a win over defending national champion Kentucky in advancing to the NIT second round last season ... the Colonials return two starters: G Karvel Anderson (18.6 ppg., 35 3-pointers) and 6-6 G/F Lucky Jones (14.7, 4.9).

The Last Meeting
Duquesne69
Robert Morris91
December 15, 2012
Moon Township, Pa.
Dukes Fall to Robert Morris, 91-69
Velton Jones scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to power Robert Morris (7-4) to a 91-69 win over Duquesne (6-5) at Sewall Center.

FAMILIAR FACES
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).

PENN STATE LEFTOVERS
Leftovers from Duquesne's 68-59 loss to Penn State on Wednesday: the Dukes shot a Jim Ferry Era low 27 percent ... DU went 4-of-23 from the 3-point arc ... the four makes were a season low and the 23 attempts were a season high ... big men Ovie Soko (19-9) and Dominique McKoy (12-10) led the way for the Dukes ... Soko, who went 12-of-14 from the line, fouled out with 5:37 left ... McKoy, who also had 3 steals and 2 blocks, was 5-of-6 from the field ... the starting backourt of Derrick Colter and Tra'Vaughn White was a combined 3-of-21 with 8 points ... Colter was 2-of-9 (5 pts.) and White went 1-of-12 (3 pts.) ... the two were 0-of-7 from 3-point ... Duquesne's last lead was at 11-10 ... Penn State led by 19 with 1:54 left before Duquesne went on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to eight on a steal and dunk by McKoy with 28 seconds left ... Penn State was credited with 13 blocked shots ... freshman Isaiah Watkins had 2 points and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes ... it was the first game for Watkins who missed six games while recovering from Oct. 3 knee surgery ... Duquesne went 21-of-34 from the foul line ... Penn State was 7-of-10 ... DU won the rebounding battle 47-45 and also had four fewer turnovers than the Nittany Lions.

IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Duquesne is 221-233 (.487) in non-conference games since 1976-77 as members of the Eastern 8/Atlantic 10 and Midwestern Collegiate Conference (1992-93 only), including a 146-71 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 9-11 in non-league play under Jim Ferry (8-3 at home, 1-6 on the road & 0-3 neutral).

QUICK NOTES

• 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.

• Five of the Dukes' top seven scorers are first year players: UAB transfer Ovie Soko (16.4 ppg.), JC transfer Tra'Vaughn White (13.9), JC transfer Dominique McKoy (10.4), first-year Drake transfer Micah Mason (8.8) and freshman Desmond Ridenour (5.7). 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 78.3 ppg. DU has had at least four double-digit scorers in four of seven games.

• The Dukes, who had nine scholarship players in uniform vs. Pitt and UMBC, received a boost with 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 (16.4, 9.9) has posted three double-doubles in seven 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. He bounced back with 19 points in 22 minutes vs. Penn State. 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, is 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 (11.7 ppg.) leads the team with 24 assists and 13 3-pointers (.419).

• First-year JC transfer F Dominique McKoy, who is shooting .692, ranks second to Soko with a 7.9 rpg. average. McKoy, who has had at least six rebounds in every game, has scored in double digits five times. He posted his first career double-double (12-10) vs. Penn State.

• 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 seven games at Duquesne. White 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").

• The Dukes are facing teams from the ACC (L, Pitt), Big 12 (L, West Virginia) and Big Ten (L, 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.

UP NEXT
Duquesne heads to Loretto, Pa. to face Saint Francis, Pa. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m.


 

 

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