Saint Vincent Was 22-4 Last Season

The Duquesne men's basketball team opens its 2008-09 action in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 1st, at 5:00 p.m. in the Palumbo Center against Division III Saint Vincent from nearby Latrobe, Pa. The Bearcats, who moved from the NAIA to D-III in 2006-07, were 22-4 last season and won the ECAC Div. II championship.

Saint Vincent won the ECAC title via a March 15th 86-77 victory over Post University of Conn. The team returns four starters from their record-breaking 2007-08 campaign. The Bearcats finished the season a perfect 13-0 at home, and outscored their opponents by an average of 11.1 points per game.

Last season's top scorer, Ian McCollough, is the lone starter who isn't returning. He averaged team-bests of 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. The Washington, D.C. area native finished his career with 1,142 points, 17th on SVC's all-time list.

Head coach D.P. Harris is 103-39 in five seasons in Latrobe. Former Duquesne women's basketball assistant coach Mike Iuzzolino is in his first season on Harris's staff. Iuzzolino, who played in the NBA after a college career at Penn State and Saint Francis (PA), was an assistant on George Mason's women's team last season.

The Bearcats compete in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) but are not eligible for the league title since they are transitioning into the NCAA and are a provisional member of the league.

The Dukes are 6-0 all-time in regular season games with Saint Vincent. The last meeting was on December 1, 1969, a 123-55 DU victory in a 21-5 season when the Red and Blue were ranked 9th in the nation after losing to North Carolina in the NCAA Eastern Regionals.

Next up for Duquesne is Division II Seton Hill next Saturday in another exhibition doubleheader with the women's team. Game time again will be at 5:00 p.m.


Saint Vincent has four returning starters:

  • Former Mount St. Mary's senior point guard Joey Butler (6-2, 190). He was ranked in the top 10 in the in seven different categories including points (17.2 - 9th), assists (4.92 - 2nd) and steals (3.38 - 1st). Butler shot 41.5 percent from three-point range (8th). The Washington, D.C. area native is the brother of former SVC two-time All-American Kenny Roberts ('05). Roberts is fourth on that all-time list with 1,703 points.
  • Senior big forward Mike Medved (6-7, 225) averaged 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. The Elizabeth-Forward grad was second in the PAC with a .588 field goal percentage.
  • Senior guard Billy Bains (6-3, 190), a native of Switzerland, averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.
  • Sophomore guard B.J. McGill (6-1, 170) averaged 10.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Another D.C. area native, McGill scored in double figures 15 times as a freshman.

Reserves

  • Canadian senior combo guard Tre'sor Kalambay (6-2, 185), the Bearcats' Sixth Man, and a part time starter last season, averaged 6.9 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 20.6 mpg.
  • Junior guard Maurice Hawkins (6-0, 175) has played in 27 games in his first two seasons.
  • Junior forward Mike Watkins (6-8, 225) averaged 3.1 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.5 minutes in 21 games. He's a Ringgold grad. He can hit the trey; last season he was 13-of-42 (.310)
  • Serra Catholic alum Jordan Cleary (5-11, 195) has played in 22 games but won't be at Palumbo. The junior guard is also a quarterback on the football team. He is 8-of-16 for 52 yards and one touchdown. SVC is 1-7 and plays Thiel at 1:00 p.m. in Latrobe.

Newcomers
All freshmen unless indicated

  • Guard Brandon Carroll, a 6-3, 185 pound swingman from Thomas Stone H.S. (DC area)
  • Guard Jake Dudzinski (5-11, 180) from Belle Vernon H.S. He's second on BVHS's all-time scoring list with 1,436 points.
  • Deonte Edmonds, a 6-3, 200 pound forward from Oxon Hill High School (DC area)
  • Ryan Nelson, a 6-3, 195 pound guard Perry Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh
  • Brandon Sams, a 6-4, 215 pound forward from Pittsburgh's Central Catholic
  • Sophomore Norman Washington, a 6-6, 200 pound forward from Bowie, Md. (DC area). He transferred after one season at Newport News Apprentice School.


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