HPU returns three starters from a squad that finished at 17-14 last year. The Panthers also welcome nine freshmen to this year's team, one of the largest freshmen classes in the nation. Junior Eugene Harris is the team's top returning scorer at 12.5 points per game while junior Cruz Daniels is the leading returning rebounder at 4.9 boards per game.
Duquesne, who finished at 17-13 a year ago, also welcomes an eight-member freshmen class.
Following its season opener on Friday, High Point returns home for its Millis Center opener on Thursday, Nov. 20 against Atlanta Christian College at 7 p.m. HPU is 28-2 at home the last two seasons and have also won 19 consecutive non-conference home contests.
Panther fans can keep up with all the action on Friday night by listening to 98.3 FM (WIST) on the radio or on the internet at www.highpointpanthers.com/av. New this season, fans can also interact with "Voice of the Panthers", Jason Benetti, during the game broadcast by emailing comments or questions to: email@example.com.
Live stats and a webcast of the game are available at http://www.goduquesne.com/.
• GAME BOX •
What: High Point at Duquesne
When: November 14, 2008
Time: 8:30 PM
Where: A.J. Palumbo Center (5,358) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Radio: Country Legends 98.3 FM - or 790 AM "The Ball"
(Play-by-Play: Jason Benetti/ Color: Stafford Stephenson or Brian Morgan)
Broadcast Interaction send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet: Audio: http://www.highpointpanthers.com/
HPU Contact: Brian Morgan
336.841.4605 (office) • 336.848.7932 (cell)
Series Record: 0-0
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Head Coaches HPU: Bart Lundy • 87-66 (6th year @ HPU)/ 202-107 (11th year overall)
DU: Ron Everhart • 27-32 (3rd year at DU)/ 201-204 (15th year overall)
Panthers Battle Dukes on Opening Night
High Point tips off the 2008-09 season on Friday night against Duquesne Univeristy in the AJ Palumbo Center... For the second consecutive season, HPU will open the year against an Atlantic-10 member on the road (last season HPU tipped off the season at Charlotte)... This season marks the 82nd basketball season in program history (1243-900/.580) and the 10th for HPU at the Division I level (124-142/.467)... The Panthers own a 52-24 (.684) all-time record in season openers (five season results are missing) and are 4-5 in Division I season debuts... Head coach Bart Lundy owns a 2-3 mark in season openers during this tenure with the Panthers... HPU is looking to snap a three game losing skid in season lid-lifters, with the squad's last opening night victory coming against Southeastern (118-66) at the start of the 2004-05 campaign... Both teams rosters are extremely young as High Point lists nine freshmen and Duquesne has eight freshmen among its ranks... Underclassmen (freshen and sophomores) fill 25 of the 31 roster spots on the two squads... HPU enters 2008-09 having posted three-straight seasons with a .500 or better record marking the first time since 1994-97 seasons... Tonight's game marks the first hardwood meeting between the Panthers and Dukes... HPU is 0-3 all-time against squads that make up the current A-10 membership
High Point's 6-2 junior guard Eugene Harris was a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review all-City League player for Pittsburgh Allderdice High School in 2004, before going on to attend St. Thomas More Prep in Oakdale, Conn. Harris started all 31 games for High Point last season in setting a single-season school record with 90 3-point field goals (12.5 ppg.). He ranked second in the Big South and 66th in nation in 3-pointers made/g. Harris, who made at least one trey in every game, was the Big South's best 3-point shooter at 43.1 percent. A member of the 2006-07 Big South All-Freshman team, Harris was the lone HPU true freshman to appear in every game that season. Harris, who lived in the Point Breeze area of Pittsburgh, transferred from Perry to Allderdice after his sophomore year.