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Sean Johnson scored 16 points in last year's 84-65 home win over Louisiana.
 
Sean Johnson scored 16 points in last year's 84-65 home win over Louisiana.
 

Dec. 20, 2012

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GAME 12 / DUQUESNE (7-5) at LOUISIANA (4-8)
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 • 8:00 EST• Lafayette, La.• Cajundome (11,550)

Radio: WPGB-FM 104.7 Ray Goss (`58) (pxp), Jarrett Durham (`71) (analyst)
Duquesne Streaming Audio: www.RedZoneMedia.com
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QUICK NOTES
• Duquesne (7-5), which upped its home record to 6-1 with a 71-66 win over Western Michigan on Wednesday, heads South to face Louisiana (4-8) in its final pre-Christmas game. The game, which will tip at 8:00 (ET) on Saturday, Dec. 22, marks the first appearance in the state of Louisiana by a Duquesne basketball team.

Derrick Colter scored a career-high 25 points and Sean Johnson added 18 in the win over WMU ... the Dukes tied their season high with 12 3-pointers (in a season high 32 attempts) in the wire-to-wire win  ... Andre Marhold added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for DU.

• This is the second meeting between Duquesne and Louisiana of the Sun Belt Conference. Last year, Sean Johnson and B.J. Monteiro led six players in double figures with 16 points each in an 84-65 win at Palumbo Center. The Dukes outshot UL 50.0% to 34.3%.

• Duquesne's five losses have come to teams with a combined 46-11 record (entering Thursday's games).

• The Dukes, who ranked 337th of 338th schools in rebounding margin last season (-7.5 rpg.), are outrebounding opponents by +5.3 per game - a net improvement of 12.8 rpg. DU has outrebounded two opponents by 20 or more (+24  vs. Youngstown St. & +26 vs. New Orleans).

• First-year Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry's Dukes are receiving contributions from up and down the roster ... nine players 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 6-1 at home, 1-3 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites, has been in Pittsburgh since Nov. 29. DU left for Louisiana early Thursday morning.

• Duquesne held Final Exams from Dec. 12-18. Classes resume on Jan. 3.

Sean Johnson, who will be playing in his 106th game at UL, became the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history with a game-high 21 vs. New Orleans on Dec. 8. Johnson enters the Louisiana game with 1,052 points, which ranks No. 33 on the all-time list (he needs four to pass former teammate Eric Evans and move into the No. 32 spot).

• True freshmen Derrick Colter (29.9), Jeremiah Jones (22.8) and Quevyn Winters (21.2) are averaging over 20 minutes per game ... the threesome is accounting for 40.4 percent of the DU's points ... the Dukes are 6-2 since Jeremiah Jones joined the starting lineup (Nov. 21 vs. Youngstown State),

• Duquesne is 6-0 when scoring 70 or more, 5-0 when leading at the half and 5-0 when leading with 5:00 left ... in an oddity of sorts, the Dukes are 2-4 when holding opponents under 70 points and 2-2 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the floor.


NOTING THE SERIES AND LOUISIANA
Sun Belt Conference (West) ... Duquesne leads the series 1-0 ... second game of a home-and-home series ... DU won the first meeting between the two schools 84-65 at the Palumbo Center last season ... this will be Duquesne's first trip to the state of Louisiana for a game ... finished 16-16 overall, including a 10-5 record at the Cajundome ... the 16 wins were the school's most since 2002-03 ... lost in the first round of the CIT ... ranked 31st nationally in field goal defense (.402) ... 21-11 conference record over the past two seasons is the second-best in the Sun Belt ... head coach Bob Marlin, who is entering his third season, was cited as one of nation's most underappreciated Division I basketball coaches by ESPN's Jay Bilas last summer.

MORE ON UL
This is the final non-conference game for the Ragin Cajuns ... UL's lineup features six freshmen and four sophomores ... freshman forward Shawn Long (16.7, 9.3) leads Louisiana in scoring and rebounding ... the 6-9, 243-pound Mississippi State transfer has six double-doubles and four 20-point games this year with a high of 27 at North Texas ... 6-2 sophomore guard Elfrid Payton (13.7) leads the Sun Belt Conference in  assists (60) and steals (32) ... Payton had 20 points, six rebounds and seven steals earlier this season in a 63-60 loss at Michigan State ... freshman guard Steven Wronkoski is shooting .441 from the 3-point arc (15-of-34) ... UL, which is 3-2 at home, is coming off a 66-61 loss to Robert Morris on Tuesday ... Louisiana outscored RMU 40-16 in the paint and 20-6 off turnovers, but it was not enough to counteract the Colonials' 13-of-27 performance from the 3-point arc ... Bryant Mbamalu led the Ragin' Cajuns with a season-high 21 points ... Elfrid Payton had 19 and Shawn Long added 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds ... UL, which led by five with 12:40 left, went 8-of-17 from the foul line and 3-of-19 from the 3-point arc.

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 12 games this season ... pulled down nine rebounds and blocked five shots in the season opener at Albany ... matched the rebound total at Appalachian 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 ... had nine points and a career high-tying 11 boards at Robert Morris ... followed that with nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks against Western Michigan .... his 81 career blocks rank fifth on DU's career list ... has a team high 37 career dunks (eight this season) ... is 10-of-33 from the foul line in his past eight games (.390 for the season).
 
1 • Derrick Colter
Has started all 12 games at point guard ... leads the team in assists (58, 4.8 apg.) and minutes per game (29.9) ... has scored in double digits seven times with a season high of 25 in the win over Western Michigan ... 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 nine 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 ... had 16 points and six assists at Robert Morris ... was named A-10 Rookie of the Week (Dec. 17) following the WVU and RMU games ... has scored in double digits in DU's past four games.
 
2 • P.J. Torres
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.
 
3 • Marvin Binney
Has seen action in all 12 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 six times including a career-high 22 points 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 ... averaging 9.9 ppg. (79 points) on .537 shooting (29-of-54) in eight games off the bench.
 
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 19 3-pointers (.373) ... 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 OT 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 ... has 22 points in his past five games.
 
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 12 games ... has had at least six rebounds in seven of DU's past eight games ... averaged 1.8 rebounds per game last season ... has 10 points on 3-of-20 shooting in his past five games.
 
23 • Jeremiah Jones
Has played in all 12 games with starts in the last eight ... 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 ... added 11 - including three 3-pointers - in the win over Western Michigan ... has posted six rebounds twice (vs. Youngstown State and Pitt) ... is 10-of-13 from the foul line ... DU is 6-2 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 77 consecutive games (next closest is Kadeem Pantophlet with 34) ... leads the team with 52 career double-digit scoring games including seven 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 4.3 rpg. through 12 games.
 
33 • Martins Abele
Played in six games before becoming academically ineligible in mid-December of last season ... has played in all 12 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 .667 ... 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 three shots (10-of-13 from the field) in his past seven games.
 
34 • Mamadou Datt
Sat 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 six games ... had four points, three rebounds and a block in 14 minutes vs. NDSU ... has played in two of DU's past seven games (two minutes vs. New Orleans)& one vs. Western Michigan.
 
OTHERS
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 ... Bott also logged three minutes at Robert Morris.





 

 

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