Dukes Return to Action on Wed. at Radford

Duquesne (4-2), coming off back-to-back road losses to Top 10 teams, heads to Virginia to face Radford (3-4) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 (KQV-AM 1410). This is the last of four consecutive road games for the Dukes who opened the season 4-0

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DUQUESNE (4-2) at RADFORD (3-4)
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Peters Hall (500) • Radford, Va.

DUQUESNE RADIO: KQV-AM (1410) with Ray Goss & George Von Benko
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com
LIVE STATS: www.RUHighlanders.com
STREAMING VIDEO: Big South's The Edge (pay for view)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Free video may be available at channelsurfing.net. Wednesday's complete schedule not available. --DC

DUKES HEAD TO RADFORD

Duquesne (4-2), coming off back-to-back road losses to Top 10 teams, heads to Virginia to face Radford (3-4) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 (KQV-AM 1410). This is the last of four consecutive road games for the Dukes who opened the season 4-0.

Duquesne, which played its last two games a No. 7 (AP) Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium (L, 95-72) at No. 3 (AP) Pitt's Petersen Events Center (L, 78-51) will take on Radford at the Highlanders' cozy 500-seat Peters Hall.

Peters Hall, which houses Radford's Exercise, Sport and Health Education program, is serving as RU's temporary home as the Highlanders' regular home - the Deadmon Center - undergoes a $15.7 million renovation. Radford went 69-18 at Peters Hall from 1974-75 through 1980-81 and is 3-1 at home this year.

Duquesne, one of the youngest teams in the nation with eight scholarship freshmen and 12 underclassmen, is 1-0 against schools from the Big South this year with a season-opening 84-55 home win over High Point. Sophomore forward Damian Saunders (17.3 ppg.), a one-time Atlantic 10 co-Player of the Week (Nov. 30), has led the Dukes in scoring in each of the past four games - including a career-high 22 at Duke. He had 15 points and a career high-tying four blocks at Pitt. Aaron Jackson, DU's lone senior, was held to single digits for the first time this year with six points at Pitt. The Dukes will play eight of their next 10 home - beginning with West Virginia on Dec. 13 - following the Radford trip.

DUQUESNE LATELY

  • Duquesne is one of the youngest teams in the nation with eight scholarship freshmen and 12 underclassmen
  • DU's two losses have come to Top 10 teams Duke (8-1) and Pitt (9-0) who are combined 17-1
  • Sophomore forward Damian Saunders, who posted back-to-back double-doubles over Thanksgiving week at USC Upstate (20-12) and at Duke (career-high 22-10) has led the Dukes in scoring in each of the past four games
  • Either Saunders or Bob Cousy Award nominee Aaron Jackson has led the Dukes in scoring in every game this season
  • Jackson, who is coming off a season-low six points at Pitt, has flirted with a triple-double twice this season with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists against Furman and 15 points, 8 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists at USC Upstate
  • Duquesne learned this week that promising 6-8 freshman forward Rodrigo Peggau will undergo season-ending knee surgery ... Peggau was averaging 5.5 points and 3.3 rebound in 10 minutes per game
  • It is not yet known if sophomore forward David Theis, who missed the Pitt game with a bruised kidney, will be available for the Radford game ... Theis, who played a career high 27 minutes at Duke, was diagnosed on Nov. 29.

THE SERIES

This is the fourth meeting between Duquesne and Radford in a series that began with a 65-64 loss at RU on Jan. 3, 1996 ... Duquesne has won the past three meetings to take a 3-1 series lead ... DU won at home 102-92 on Jan. 4, 1997 and 88-82 on Dec. 6, 1997 ... in the last meeting between the two schools, Duquesne rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to end a Radford nine-game home win streak with a 71-67 win at Deadmon Center on Dec. 5, 1998 ... Radford (3-4) is coming off a 73-52 home win over conference foe Winthrop on Saturday ... 6-11, 260-pound Artsiom Parakhouski (15.1 ppg.) led the Highlanders with 24 points and 10 rebounds ... he has led the team in scoring in four of seven games ... 6-3 senior guard Kenny Thomas (16.3 ppg.) leads RU in scoring ... he has hit a team-high 21 3-pointers (21-of-43, .488).

LOCAL TIE

Pittsburgh native 5-9 Amir Johnson (Quaker Valley High School) is in this third season as a starting guard for Radford ... Johnson, who scored a season-high 19 points at Navy on Nov. 29, is climbing RU's all-time assist chart (currently seventh with 299 total) ... Johnson played in the 2008 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am Summer League, but did not have any Duquesne teammates.

TOUGH LEAGUE

Radford was picked to finish second in the 10-team Big South in a preseason poll of league coaches and media. Big South schools have a number of noteworthy performances this season including VMI's 111-103 win at Kentucky, Liberty's 86-82 victory at Virginia and Gardner-Webb's tough losses at Virginia Tech (65-62) and at nationally ranked Oklahoma (80-76).

FOUR IN A ROW ON THE ROAD

This is the longest road stretch of the year for the Dukes who spent Thanksgiving week in the Carolinas for games at South Carolina Upstate on Nov. 25 and at Duke on Nov. 28. Duquesne returned to Pittsburgh to face Pitt on Dec. 3 before leaving for Radford on Tuesday afternoon.

QUICK START

Duquesne opened 4-0 for the second consecutive season prior to its loss at No. 7 (AP) Duke. Last year, DU opened 6-0 - its best start in 28 years - in going on to post the school's first winning record in 14 years at 17-13. This was the first time since 1985-86 (5-0) & 1986-87 (4-0) that Duquesne opened 4-0 in back-to-back seasons.

QUICK PLAYER NOTES

  • Freshman Melquan Bolding, who made his first career start at Pitt, has scored a season-high seven points four times including each of DU's past two games (at Duke and at Pitt) ... he has also pulled down a season-best six rebounds twice ... is averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game ... is tied for second on the team with 12 offensive boards ... played a season-high 28 minutes at Pitt
  • Sophomore Bill Clark has started all six games ... second on the team with 17 assists, including a career-best six at Saint Francis ... his two high scoring games of the season have come at home (14 points each vs. High Point and Furman) ... has scored in single digits in DU's past three games ... shooting .500 despite going 4-of-16 in the past two games
  • Junior Jason Duty, who entered the USC Upstate game averaging 4.7 ppg., scored all of his career high 17 points in the first 13 minutes ... went 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc in posting his third career double-digit scoring game vs. the Spartans ... his previous scoring high was 13 set as a freshman vs. Dayton ... is 6-of-6 from the foul line this season and 27-of-32 (.844) for his career ... has started all six games ...
  • Freshman Eric Evans has scored in double digits twice (16 at Saint Francis, Pa. and 14 vs. Furman) ... was named A-10 co-Rookie of the Week following the SFU game ... leads DU's eight freshmen in minutes/g. (22.7) ... 6-of-23 (.261) from the field in DU's past three games ... has hit at least one 3-pointer in each of DU's past five games
  • Lone senior Aaron Jackson leads team in assists (37, 6.2 apg.) and steals (19, 3.2 spg.) and is second in scoring (14.8 ppg.) and rebounding (6.2 rpg.) ... shooting .500 from field despite going 2-of-13 from the 3-point arc ... has a 2-to-1 assist/turnover ratio (37-18) ... has made five more free throws (27-of-35) than any other DU player has attempted (Damian Saunders is 11-of-22) ... has flirted with a triple-double twice (20 points, 7 assists & 7 steals at Saint Francis, Pa. and 20 points, 10 rebounds & 6 assists in 28 minutes vs. Furman) ... became the 13th player in school history to post 10 or more assists in a game with a career-high 10 at USC Upstate ... averaging a team-high 33.8 minutes/g
  • Freshman Oliver Lewinson has played in four games ... has played double digit minutes twice (14 in the opener vs. High Point and 11 at Pitt)
  • Freshman Aleksandar Milovic logged a total of 11 minutes in two games before playing a season-high 19 at Pitt ... saw the added time due to injuries to two fellow forwards (David Thies, bruised kidney & Rodrigo Peggau, sore knee - were both not in uniform at Pitt) ... has scored two points and has three rebounds in three games played
  • Freshman B.J. Monteiro started the first five games before coming off the bench at Pitt ... posted season highs for points (7) and rebounds (4) in the opener vs. High Point ... has 11 points in DU's past five games
  • Sophomore Lucas Newton has played in two games ... hit one of two free throws at Duke
  • Freshman Shawntez Patterson has played in one game (one minute vs. High Point)
  • Freshman Rodrigo Peggau played in four games before his season was ended prematurely due to knee surgery (surgery to be scheduled) ... underwent surgery on his right knee in May and had a scope done Sept. 15 ... looked to be coming around, scoring five points in 19 seconds at Saint Francis and following that with eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes vs. Furman before knee pain took its toll ... will apply for a medical hardship waiver at the conclusion of the season
  • Freshman Chase Robinson has played in four games with a season-high 13 minutes vs. Furman ... scored five in the opener vs. High Point ... has yet to commit a turnover ... 1-of-4 from the 3-point arc
  • Sophomore Damian Saunders leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg.) and rebounding (7.2 rpg.) ... has a team-best 18 offensive rebounds ... has scored in double digits in all six games with a low of 11 at Saint Francis, Pa. ... has scored 20 or more three times (21 vs. High Point, 20 at USC Upstate & a career-high 22 at Duke) ... had a career-high six steals vs. High Point and tied his career high with four blocks at Pitt ... is shooting better from the field (.656) than he is from the foul line (11-of-22, .500) ... has two double-doubles (20-12 at Upstate and 22-10 at Duke) ... named A-10 co-Player of the Week following the Duke game (11/30) ... has led the team in scoring four times and in rebounding four times
  • Junior Jimmy Sherwood has played in two games ... hit a 3-pointer in six minutes at Saint Francis, Pa. ... had two points and three rebounds in 11 minutes of the opener vs. High Point ... has not played in DU's past four games
  • Sophomore David Theis was averaging 14.2 minutes in DU's first five games before being sidelined with a bruised kidney ... suffered the injury at USC Upstate and played a career-high 27 minutes at Duke before experiencing discomfort ... missed the game at Pitt ... his status for the Radford trip is not known at this time ... scored a career-high seven points at Duke also tied his career best with two steals vs. the Blue Devils ... shooting .538 from the field.


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