Newstand: Duquesne Ups Record to 9-3

Here are links to and excerpts from the media stories on Sunday's 84-66 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Sunday. Quotes from both coaches are featured, which includes Coach Eddie Payne's reaction to Duquesne 10-40, two-platoon style of play.

  • DuquesneSports: Dukes Top Spunky USC Upstate, 84-66

  • Duquesne: Dukes Win Streak at Three Following 84-66 Win Over USC Upstate

      "I thought our effort on the defensive end was good throughout the game," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "I really thought we were sluggish offensively, especially in transition. I was a little disappointed with our shot selection in the first half. I thought we could have made one more pass."

      "I loved the way Billy [Clark] shot the ball," said Everhart. "He's been shooting the ball well in practice. Billy's a shooter. I think he got his feet back under him tonight."

      Kojo Mensah went 4-of-4 from the foul line to extend his streak of consecutive free throws made to 17.

  • South Carolina Upstate: Duquesne Out-Muscles Upstate For 84-66 Win

      "I thought our kids played hard and played well," said Upstate head coach Eddie Payne. Our competitive energy has gotten better since our Texas trip. We had some unnecessary turnovers because of our inexperience. But, I can't fault our players for their effort."

      "Depth was a factor in the game," said Payne. "Duquesne runs a lot of people at you."

      The game was physical throughout with several Spartans taking their lumps during the game. Nick Schneiders took a shot to the face which resulted in a broken nose for the red shirt sophomore. Luke Payne and Josh Chavis each sustained a concussion, while Bobby Davis also left the game early with a leg injury but returned to the court. Chavis, who took a shot to the head in the first half, did not return to action.

      "Our team took a beating today, but they still competed," said Payne.

    Note: Upstate played without reserve freshman forward Rory Spencer who has "... a stress reaction in his right foot and will be out of action indefinitely ... he averages 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, playing an average of 12.9 minutes per game."

    Senior Jeremy Byrd, a multiyear starter at the point, had been suspended in November "... for violating team rules." Freshman Josh Chavis moved into that slot while Byrd was out of action and has remained there after the senior's return.

  • Spartanburg Herald-Tribune: Duquesne gets physical with USC Upstate

  • Post-Gazette: Freshman sparks unimpressive win

      "Mentally we were not prepared to play, not just Shawn (James), everybody," said Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, who continued his recent trend of substituting with two platoons at every couple minutes in the first half and shortening his bench with just seven or eight players after intermission. "I don't think our guys had any idea how good this team was. We were sluggish and lackadaisical on offense early and made bad decisions late."

      Shawn James overcame a sloppy start to finish with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal. He committed most of his four turnovers before the game was four minutes old and South Carolina Upstate held a 13-5 lead.

      James, who led Division I with an NCAA-record 6.53 blocks per game in 2005-06 as a sophomore at Northeastern, hasn't been blocking as many shots of late as he did earlier in the season when he set a school record with 12 against Oakland (Mich.) University.

      "They don't come at me like they used to," he said. "A lot of guards don't penetrate as much and I'm not being challenged as much."

      After a pause for emphasis, he added with a laugh, "I'm not happy about it."

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  • Tribune-Review: Duquesne defeats South Carolina Upstate

      "That team is a good team. They are a well-coached team. They've been competing for Division II championships," Duquesne's Ron Everhart said following the Dukes' sloppily played, 84-66 victory over the Spartans, who are led by former East Carolina and Oregon State coach Eddie Payne.

      "He is the only coach to take East Carolina to an NCAA Tournament (in 1993)," Everhart added. "He also had some early success at Oregon State, and he's doing a good job with this team. They took Cincinnati down to the wire (69-57 loss Nov. 26)."

      Because the Spartans (2-11), members of the Atlantic Sun Conference, are in the early stages of Division I, they are required to play a majority of their games away from home, another fact that didn't escape Everhart.

      "I bet they win some more of those games if they were at home," he said.

      "I see it as the guys not being mentally prepared," Everhart said. "It was a Sunday afternoon game. We had just played Friday night. We were sluggish, lethargic.

      "I feel we're a better team that we've shown in the past two games. We better be a better team if we're going to be successful in the Atlantic 10 (Conference)."

      Freshman Bill Clark, seemingly having recovered from a severe concussion suffered early this month, had his first career double-double for Duquesne, which extended its best start in 28 years. The last time the Dukes started 9-3 was in 1979-80, when they opened at 12-3 en route to a NIT bid.

    Note: Upstate has played just two games at home, 78-54 victory over Division II Brevard (1-9) from North Carolina in their home opener on December 6th, and a 93-77 loss to Bluefield (10-3) from Virginia, ranked 16th in the NAIA Division II at game time.

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  • AP: James helps Duquesne to 84-66 win over South Carolina Upstate

    The Dukes' three losses have come in consecutive games against Drake, No. 6 Pittsburgh and No. 23 West Virginia, teams with a combined record of 31-4.

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