January 24, 2008
Duquesne - St. Bonaventure Game
- Duquesne: Duquesne Knocks off Bonnies, 83-67 | Box Score & Photo Gallery
- Shawn James who bruised the underside of his left kneecap and suffered a mild medial collateral ligament sprain in the same knee during practice on Monday. James had an MRI done late Tuesday which showed no further damage. His status for Saturday's game against George Washington is not known at this time.
"Without Shawn in there, they gave us some problems with their post-up stuff. I thought we wore them down a little bit and were able to get some fast breaks and easy buckets down the stretch," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart.
Saturday's GW game will be "Red Out `08" as all fans are asked to wear red to the game. The first 3,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive red T-shirts courtesy of UPMC Sports Medicine. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m.
Duquesne's 12 wins are its most since 2003-04 (12-17). The last time a DU team posted 13 wins was during the 1993-94 NIT season when the Dukes finished 17-13.
- St. Bonaventure (AP): Bonnies Tripped Up By Dukes
- PG: Achara shines as Dukes win
- "We wanted to make fatigue our ally," said Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, who substituted with units every couple minutes after shortening his bench to eight players in the past three games.
- Breaking news story Wednesday evening
Everhart said the decision to play the "1040" or the more traditional style will depend on the opponent.
There's something about playing against St. Bonaventure that brings out the best in Kieron Achara, a 6-foot-10 graduate student who had career highs of 25 and 26 points in two games against the Bonnies last season. He came up big last night with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals to propel the Dukes (12-5, 2-2).
Asked if he enjoys the "1040" more than the conventional way, Achara quickly answered, "I think we enjoy winning. We have trust in our coach. We're happy playing both. I can't say we prefer one way over the other."
- Trib: Duquesne races past St. Bonaventure
- "We learned a lesson in our last game against Fordham (a 75-74 loss on Sunday)," Everhart said. "We had some guys out there who were a little bit tired."
The only ones who appeared to be tired last night were the ones playing for St. Bonaventure.
"They were as good as anybody, 1 through 5, in the league," Everhart said.
The 6-foot-10 James, the nation's fifth-leading shot-blocker, suffered his injuries in a collision with Achara in practice.
Duquesne (12-5, 2-2) received first-half points from all 10 players in the lineup and didn't place anyone in double figures until 9:35 remained in the second half, when Achara did it.
"He was huge," Everhart said. "He had been playing limited minutes and he was hungry and came out and contributed."
- Beaver County Times: Dukes bounce back with victory
- Duquesne didn't suffer any last-second heartbreak this time.
Everhart went back to the platoon system he had used throughout much of the non-conference portion of the schedule in which he substitutes five players at a time. That enabled Fayne, who had not played recently, to make a contribution that included a career-high three 3-pointers by the junior guard.
St. Bonaventure cut the deficit to nine points twice in the second half, the last time at 72-63 on a three by Tyler Benson with 4:06 to go, but Duquesne went on a game-ending 11-4 run.
- Sports Network: Game Sunmmary
- In the second half Duquesne made good on 9-of-11 chances at the free-throw line, compared to just 4-of-9 for the Bonnies.
- Buffalo News: Duquesne's subs super against Bona
- DuquesneSports: Dukes Top St. Bonaventure, 83-67
Apparently, the Olean Times-Herald stories aren't available online until the following day. So here is what locals read prior to Wednesday's game.
- 'Refreshed' Bonnies ready for Dukes
- By Tuesday afternoon only a small, barely noticeable, scar existed under Michael Lee's left eye. And those bulky protective goggles the St. Bonaventure basketball player was required to wear last week at Richmond, were in the trash. Lee ... suffered a concussion against La Salle and also needed six stitches to repair a gash under his eye.
Bona's lack of scoring punch, short bench and road woes have only become more defined since the start of A-10 play two weeks ago.
The Bonnies will certainly need Lee going at full tilt against a Duquesne team that plays as fast as anybody in the A-10.
"One way or the other we probably have to do something to avoid that (Fordham) situation, whether it be a conventional rotation, using more guys, or more of an unconventional thing like in the past," Everhart said. "I think we have to get back to having more guys with more energy on the floor for longer periods of time."
Said (Tyler) Relph, "I think if we're under 15 turnovers and we're taking good shots and we're even in rebounding, I think we'll be all right."
- Bonnies have an uphill fight on 'The Bluff'
- Winning on the road sounds like such a monumental task in college basketball. Even for the best of teams, and even when they're playing the worst of teams. Geez, it almost seems impossible. Even more so in conference play. And even more so when you put yourself in St. Bonaventure's shoes.
Of the Bonnies' eight scholarship players, exactly zero really know how to win on the road. Four are new to Division I, the other four couldn't tell you what it really tastes like to walk out of opponents' gym with a victory in hand. Heading into tonight's game against Duquesne at the Palumbo Center, the longest tenured Bonnie, senior Michael Lee, has a 3-21 mark in Atlantic 10 road games.
And did we mention the strength of the A-10 this year. The conference is deep. So are its teams. Take, for example, Duquesne. The Dukes are 7-1 at home. The A-10's 14 teams are a combined 87-23 at home. Of the 23 A-10 games thus far, eight have been won by road clubs.
(Duquesne coach Ron) Everhart uses eight players between 17 and 25 minutes a game, and none more than that. The Bonnies have five players averaging over 26 minutes a game, including guard Zarryon Fereti (36.9) and Lee (36.6), who rank two and three in the A-10 in minutes played.
The Bonnies have found it especially difficult to score points since an 80-64 win over Canisius on Dec. 1. Over the last nine games, they haven't scored over 65 points in any.
- Randallstown seeks four-peat
- The hard work has paid off for plenty of the team's previous players. Kim English, who played a key role in last year's championship, recently declared his intentions to attend Missouri after he finishes at Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep, where he plays with 2006 Randallstown alum Johnny Higgins, who will attend Duquesne this fall.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Weekly College Basketball Column
- Mackall's College Basketball Insider (includes this reporter's ballot for the AP top 25)
- Losing on the road in conference play doesn't necessarily mean an upset anymore.
The next-best thing to winning your road games in college basketball is to put a premium on sweeping your home schedule. That's difficult to do, even with a loaded roster.
It's not just this year, although the Atlantic 10, which is enjoying its best season in a while, might say otherwise. In other years, the best A-10 teams consisted of a clear-cut list, and those teams won nearly all of their league games. Not so this season, where more than half the teams are legitimate title contenders in the A-10.
In a rare sight, the Atlantic 10 Conference matches two ranked teams tonight in a battle of Ohio heavyweights that features league player-of-the-year candidates Brian Roberts of No. 16 Dayton and Drew Lavender of No. 23 Xavier.
San Francisco's Eddie Sutton will try again for 800 on Saturday against Saint Mary's (Calif.). San Francisco's results are being credited to Sutton's record even though former coach Jessie Evans officially is on a leave of absence.
NCAA regulations state that it is up to the school to determine whose record includes the games. Ironically, when Sutton took a leave of absence from Oklahoma State following a DUI arrest in 2006, the school continued to credit results to his record instead of his son, Sean, who had taken over the team for the rest of the season.
Following a year of frustration, Duquesne point guard Kristi Little is flourishing in first-year women's coach Suzie McConnell-Serio's uptempo system this season. Little, a first-team all-state player from Altoona, is second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring (18.2 ppg) and assists (5.6 apg) and leads the league in steals (3.6 spg). She also ranks third in minutes played (36.0 mpg).
And in Robert Morris University news from the Beaver County Times:
- Rice's name mentioned for Oregon St. job
Mike Rice has only 18 games on his collegiate head-coaching resume, yet the first-year coach at Robert Morris is already being mentioned as a candidate for (the) Oregon State (job now open since John Jay was fired.) His father, former Duquesne and Youngstown State coach Mike Rice Sr., is a color analyst for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers.
- HALL ON HOOPS: Rice to Oregon State? Probably not.(Jan. 23)