Newstand: Duquesne-Fordham

This newstand covers the media stories on Wednesday night's 74-62 Duquesne victory over Fordham. In addition to the good coverage by Pittsburgh media, suggest you also check out Alan Robinson's AP story that went to the rest of the country. Links to the photo gallery from DU's website, and the Tribune-Review's slideshow included.


Duquesne Jan. 10, 2008 Newstand

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  • Duquesne: Dukes Overwhelm Fordham in Atlantic 10 Opener, 74-62 -- Includes photo gallery
    • Extended winning streak to 4 games
    • Five of the eight Duquesne players who saw action had five or more rebounds
    • Duquesne's 11-3 start is the best since the 1979-80 NIT team opened with a 12-3 record.
    • The win snapped a five-game series losing streak against Fordham.
    • DU's 11 wins are its most since 2003-04 (12-17).
    • This is Duquesne's third 1-0 start in conference play in the past 10 years. DU - which has never had a 3-0 start - has opened league play 2-0 just four times (1984, 1991, 1994 and 2000).

  • Fordham: Rams Drop Atlantic 10 Opener at Duquesne, 74-62
    • Bryant Dunston and Sebastian Greene Double-Doubles Not Enough
    • Despite holding the Dukes under their Atlantic 10-leading scoring average of 88.2 ppg and kepping Duquesne to shooting 42.1% on the night, the Rams didn't have an answer for the number of players the Dukes had coming in off the bench.
    • Kevin Anderson had a season-high eight assists.
    • Fordham is now 2-11 all-time in Atlantic 10 openers
    • Sebastian Greene tied his career-high of 20 points which he first accomplished against Iona on December 3, 2006
    • Dunston's double-double was the 29th of his career...Dunston tied his career-high with the eight blocks, a feat he first accomplished last year against Rhode Island...The 19 points brings Dunston's career total to 1,581, good for sixth place on the Fordham all-time list, 116 points behind Ken Charles...Dunston's 11 rebounds brings his career total to 820, good for fifth place on the Fordham career rebounding list...Dunston has blocked at least one shot in 12 of the 13 games this season, including 29 over the past seven games...Dunston is now averaging 17.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg in seven career games against Duquesne
    • Marcus Stout netted four points in the game to bring his career total to 1,449, good for seventh place on the all-time list.

  • PG: Dukes win A-10 opener
      The Dukes (11-3) defeated Fordham, 74-62, last night in the league opener for both teams that wasn't as close as the final score would indicate.

      Reggie Jackson, a senior who transferred to Duquesne last season from junior college, has blossomed into a steadying influence at point guard.

      Everhart scrapped his two-platoon substitution system and used just eight players, keeping Jason Duty, Phillip Fayne and David Theis on the bench. "We did that because we wanted to keep our best defensive players on the floor throughout," Everhart said. "I liked our defensive effort."

      The most active player was 6-7 freshman Damian Saunders, who had 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. "It's nice to have Damian Saunders on our side," Everhart said. "He makes plays."

    • Rebuilding nothing new for Dukes' coach
        In 2007 Duquesne became the second team to receive the United States Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Award, which honors "a player, coach, official or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary courage reflecting honor on the sport of amateur basketball."

        At Northeastern, Everhart inherited a program that had averaged 8.7 wins in the six years before he got there. After going 7-21 his first season, the Huskies improved to 16-15 the next year. He was the America East Conference coach of the year in 2004-05 and his teams were the highest-scoring in the conference four times.

        "You're never going to see one of my teams slow it down," said Everhart, 45, who has a 194-194 record in 13-plus seasons as a head coach. "My teams are always going to play up-tempo. I expect my teams to always play hard and leave nothing on the court."

  • Trib: Duquesne almost dominates Fordham --- Includes slideshow
      "For the most part, our guys stayed focused," Everhart said, "but we didn't do a good job in the last few minutes of the game." It says something when a coach expresses some displeasure over his team's performance even though the outcome was favorable.

      Don't misunderstand Everhart. He's happy with the victory. He said it enough times last night to convince anyone who was listening. He loved the Dukes' hustle, their approach to the game.

      "We've got to get better," (Everhart) said. "We can't let teams make open 3s like (Fordham's Brenton) Butler did there at the end," when he made two from long range in a span of 2 minutes to pull Fordham within 12 points.

      For just the second time, Everhart scrapped his 5-for-5 substitution system for a conventional pattern. (First was Pitt game.)

      James ... needs eight blocks to become just the 18th Division I player with 400 for his career.

      The 12-point victory came even though Duquesne's leading scorer, Kojo Mensah, finished with just eight points and committed seven of the Dukes' 10 turnovers.

    • Duquesne's Achara witnesses turnaround
        "For me, 10 wins means nothing right now. The conference is what it's all about," said Duquesne's Kieron Achara.

        Achara, a fifth-year graduate student, has endured that (the 3-24 season) and much more during his career at Duquesne, but he said Tuesday, as he prepared to play his final conference opener, that he wouldn't trade the past for any other scenario. "I'm excited. I just like college. I'm loving watching the younger players develop," he said.

        This year, Achara's role subtly has been reduced as Duquesne's bench became strengthened by the addition of highly regarded transfers Shawn James, a 6-10 center, and Kojo Mensah, a 6-1 guard ... "We're winning games," he said. "I've been a role player before. I'm just happy to be a part of something good."

  • AP: By Alan Robinson
    • Coach Ron Everhart's quick-change act has transformed the Dukes from one of the nation's worst Division I teams into a possible conference contender in only two seasons.

      Duquesne has had only two winning seasons in 27 years, during the 1985-86 and 1993-94 seasons, but is in position to get a third this season. "It might mean more in some other years, but the conference has three teams in the Top 25 so that doesn't mean a whole lot," Everhart said.

      "But I think we are better equipped to play more of a grind-it-out game," said Everhart, whose team hadn't been held to as few as 74 points since a 92-68 loss at West Virginia on Dec. 8. "Last year we would have tried to go get 100."

      Re: short bench -- "We wanted to make sure our best defenders were out there all the time," Everhart said.

    • Fordham (6-7, 0-1), a disappointment so far after being picked to finish fourth in the A-10 following an 18-win season a year ago.

  • DuquesneSports: Dukes Now 11-3, Via 74-62 Win Over Fordham


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