Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Rose Hill Gym (3,200) • Bronx, N.Y.
TELEVISION: CBS College Sports National with Tom Hart & Steve Lappas
DUQUESNE RADIO: KQV-AM (1410) with Ray Goss & George Von Benko
STREAMING AUDIO: RedZoneMedia.com
LIVE STATS: GameTracker at GoDuquesne.com
STREAMING VIDEO: All-Access at FordhamSports.com
DUKES AT FORDHAM FOR TV GAME
Duquesne (12-6, 3-2), coming off a bitter 99-98 overtime loss at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, heads to Bronx, N.Y. to face Fordham (2-14, 0-4) on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1:00 p.m in a game that will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports.
Both the Dukes and Rams will be looking to snap losing streaks on Sunday. DU has dropped two in a row following a seven-game win streak, while Fordham, whose two wins have come at home, is looking to end a seven-game skid. The Rams have been off since a 98-67 loss at Rhode Island on Jan. 18.
Duquesne is 5-3 away from the Palumbo Center with the losses coming at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, Pitt's Petersen Events Center and Philadelphia's Palestra. DU is looking to post six road wins for the first time since 1985-86.
The Dukes rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to take a six-point lead with 44 seconds left in regulation only to see Saint Joe's rally to tie it. Jason Duty, who scored a career-high 20 points, hit a 3-pointer from the corner with eight seconds left in overtime, before SJU's Idris Hilliard tipped in a miss at the final buzzer.
Fordham, like Duquesne, is one of the youngest teams in the A-10. The Rams, who start two freshmen and two sophomores, are led by two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week 6-0 freshman guard Jio Fontan (14.1 ppg.). Fellow freshman Alberto Estwick (7.5 ppg.) is averaging 18.7 ppg. in Fordham's past three games. The Fordham game is the second of six of nine on the road for the Dukes.
- Duquesne, one of the youngest teams in the nation with eight scholarship freshmen and one scholarship upperclassman, is 5-3 on the road
- DU is looking to post six road wins for the first time since 1985-86 (6-8)
- The Dukes have scored 98 points in each of their two A-10 road games (a 98-80 win at St. Bonaventure and 99-98 OT loss as Saint Joseph's)
- DU saw its longest win streak in 28 years (seven games) snapped in the Jan. 17 78-69 loss to Dayton
- Senior PG Aaron Jackson (17.4 ppg.), who has played the past two games with a bruised tailbone, is one of 34 preseason Bob Cousy Award nominees (nation's top collegiate point guard)
- Jackson ranks in the Top 5 in six different A-10 categories: ast/TO ratio (2nd), assists (3rd), FT% (3rd), steals (T3rd), scoring (4th) & FG% (4th)
- Damian Saunders (14.7 ppg.) is third in the A-10 in FG% (.595) and rebounding (8.1 rpg.) and second in steals (2.06 spg.)
- Jason Duty, who scored a career-high 20 at SJU, ranks fourth in the A-10 in 3-pt. pct. (.427).
Duquesne, which leads the series 14-12, snapped a five-game series losing streak with a 74-62 win over Fordham at the Palumbo Center last season ... in last year's return game, the Rams defeated the Dukes 75-74 at Rose Hill Gym ... in games played in the Bronx, Fordham leads 6-5 ... in A-10 regular-season action, Fordham leads 9-7 ... two years ago at Fordham, Duquesne - down eight points with just over four minutes remaining - had two chances to tie or take the lead in the game's final 30 seconds only to come up empty in an 86-83 loss ... last year, Gary Tucker missed the second of two free throws with 2.2 seconds left as Duquesne's rally from nine points down with just over two minutes left came up short in the 75-74 loss ... Duquesne has won two of the past five meetings at Rose Hill Gym (74-65 on Feb. 15, 2003 & 61-57 on Mar. 2, 2005), although the Rams have won the past three (a 90-63 win in 2006 to go along with the 86-83 and 75-74 victories).
- A victory over Fordham would:
- Give Duquesne six road wins for the first time since 1985-86 (6-8). The Dukes enter the game with a 5-2 road record.
Duquesne is the only school in the country with two players ranked among the nation's top 40 in field goal pct. Sophomore forward Damian Saunders is 19th at .595 and senior guard Aaron Jackson is 39th at .560.
IN GOOD COMPANY
DU, which began the season as one of three Atlantic 10 teams (Fordham and St. Bonaventure were the others) without a player named to the A-10 preseason first, second or third teams, is one of just two schools to produce two different A-10 Players of the Week this season. Sophomore Damian Saunders was honored the week of Nov. 30, while senior Aaron Jackson has been honored twice (Dec. 14 & Jan. 4). The only other conference school to have two different players named Player of the Week this season is nationally ranked Xavier (B.J. Raymond and Derrick Brown).
PROLIFIC FROM THE ARC
Duquesne which leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks among the Top 15 nationally in 3-pointers made per game (9.06 in an average of 25.0 attempts/g.) is on pace to break school records for 3-point makes and attempts in a season. The Dukes, who have hit a season-high 13 3-pointers in four of their past seven games, have seen five different players make at least four 3-pointers in a single game. Melquan Bolding, Bill Clark, Jason Duty and Aaron Jackson have all done it twice and forward Damian Saunders has done it once. In all, five different players have made at least 20 3-pointers, with a sixth player (Melquan Bolding) at 18 entering Sunday's game at Fordham.
SAINT JOSEPH'S LEFTOVERS
Notes from Wednesday's 99-98 OT loss at Saint Joseph's:
- Duquesne, which trailed 53-37 at the half, outscored Saint Joe's 51-35 in the second half
- DU, which trailed by 18 with 18:36 to go, rallied to take an 82-75 lead with 1:22 left
- DU led 88-82 with 44 seconds to go in regulation before SJU's Ahmad Nivins scored six unanswered points to send the game into overtime
- It was DU's first overtime game since a 98-93 win at Boston College on Dec. 28, 2006
- The Dukes tied their season high of 13 3-pointers made for the third time in their past four games
- DU was 13-of-34 from the arc
- Bill Clark and Aaron Jackson, who entered the game a combined 20-of-38 from the arc in conference play (.526), went a combined 0-of-9
- Jason Duty and Damian Saunders both scored 20 for the Dukes ... Duty had 15 in the first half and Saunders had 14 in the second
- Freshman Eric Evans scored all of his 13 in 19 second half minutes
- Aaron Jackson, who has played the past two games with a painful bruised tailbone, scored all 10 of his points in the second half ... a career .513 shooter, Jackson was an uncharacteristic 3-of-13 from the field ... he still gutted it up to produce five assists and five rebounds in 40 minutes of action
- DU's 98 points were its most in a losing game since a 116-105 loss to Xavier on Feb. 24, 1996
QUICK PLAYER NOTES
- Freshman Melquan Bolding, who was named to the A-10 preseason All-Rookie team, joined the starting lineup at Pitt on Dec. 3 ... he has scored in double digits in six of his past nine games including a career-high 26 vs. George Washington on Jan. 14 ... he has also had a pair of 16-point outings (at both Robert Morris and St. Bonaventure) in his past nine games and is averaging 12.3 ppg. over that span ... scored 14 in 22 minutes vs. Rice on Dec. 20 for his first double-digit game ... scored all of his nine points in the first five minutes of his second start, a win at Radford ... also recorded three assists and three steals at RU ... went 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc and matched his steals high (3) at Robert Morris ... added four more "3's" in the 26-point outburst against GW ... has pulled down a season-best six rebounds five times ... had a career-high four assists in the A-10 opener vs. Charlotte ... third on the team with 31 offensive boards
- Sophomore Bill Clark, who has started all 17 games, has eclipsed his career scoring high in two of DU's past six games ... scored 18 of his then career-high 21 points against Bowling Green in the second half to help Duquesne erase a 10-point deficit in a 76-65 win ... was 7-of-8 from the field - including 4-of-4 from 3-point in the second half vs. BGSU ... the four 3-pointers tied his career high set last year against USC Upstate ... topped his career scoring high two games later with 24 at St. Bonaventure (4-of-7 from the arc) ... in between he posted 15 points and a career high 14 rebounds in the A-10 opening win over Charlotte ... the double-double vs. Charlotte was the second of his career (first this season) ... is second on the team with 58 assists, including a career-best six in a game three times ... had 41 assists in 30 games last season ... six of his top seven high scoring games this season have come at home (21 vs. Bowling Green, 19 vs. Dayton, 15 vs. Charlotte, 14 vs. High Point & Furman and 13 vs. WVU) ... has scored in double digits 12 times ... has hit three or more 3-pointers in a game six times ... leads the team in 3-pointers made with 34 (.391) ... had a streak of seven-straight double-digit games snapped at Saint Joseph's (nine points) ... averaging 16.2 ppg. in Atlantic 10 play ... is 16-of-33 (.485) from the 3-point arc in his past six games
- Junior Jason Duty, who entered the season with two career double-digit scoring games, has reached double figures in six of DU's past nine outings (seven total this season) ... went 8-of-10 from the field (4-of-5 from 3-point) in scoring a career-high 20 points in 26 minutes at Saint Joseph's ... hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in overtime that gave the Dukes a one-point lead that was erased by an SJU tip-in at the buzzer ... entered the Nov. 25 USC Upstate game averaging 4.7 ppg. before scoring all of his 17 points in the game's first 13 minutes ... went 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc vs. the Spartans ... his scoring high entering this season was 13 set as a freshman vs. Dayton ... added 13 points and five rebounds at St. Bonaventure, 12 points, six rebounds and four assists vs. NC Central ... is 22-of-24 from the foul line this season and 43-of-50 (.860) for his career ...made his first 14 free throws of the season before missing his first attempt vs. NCCU ... has started all 18 games, and hit at least one 3-pointer in 16 of them ... broke out of a four-game 2-of-15 3-point shooting slump to hit 23-of-46 from the arc in DU's past 10 games ... is second on the team with 32 3-pointers ... his .427 3-point percentage ranks fourth in the A-10 ... has hit at least three 3-pointers in a game six times this year ... made 14 3-pointers in each of his first two seasons at DU ... has 28 assists and just 13 turnovers ... had 31 assists in 45 career games entering this season ... second on the team with 63 career games played ... has a 3.75 GPA as an accounting major
- Freshman Eric Evans has come off the bench to win or share Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors three times ... has scored in double digits nine times with a career high of 19 vs. North Carolina Central (10-of-12 from the line) ... was named ROW for the third time after the Dec. 22 NCCU game ... earned rookie honors for the first time (11/23) after scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting at Saint Francis, Pa. ... named ROW for a second time (12/21) after averaging 14.5 ppg. on .733 shooting (11-of-15) in games against Old Dominion and Rice ... followed his first scoreless game of the season (vs. West Virginia) with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting vs. ODU ... scored all of his 11 points vs. Rice in 16 second-half minutes ... scored all 13 of his points at Saint Joseph's in 19 second-half minutes ... helped the Dukes rally from an 18-point second half deficit to take a six point lead in regulation in what turned into a 99-98 OT defeat ... leads DU's eight freshmen in minutes/g. at 23.5 ... has hit at least one 3-pointer in 14 games with a season high three (3-of-6) vs. NC Central & at St. Bonaventure (3-of-4) ... also had five steals against NC Central ... became the first player other than Aaron Jackson or Damian Saunders to lead the Dukes in scoring when he posted the 18 points vs. Old Dominion on Dec. 17 ... second on team with 65 free throw attempts (.754)
- Lone senior Aaron Jackson, who leads the team scoring (17.4 ppg.) & assists (106, 5.9 apg.) and is second in rebounding (5.4 rpg.) & steals (36, 2.0 spg.), has been named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week twice this season ... he has now won the honor four times in his career, two shy of the school record set by Bruce Atkins from 1979-82 ... his .560 shooting percentage is the second-best among guards in NCAA Division I ... was 2-of-13 from the 3-point arc before hitting 5-of-6 in scoring a career-high 36 points at Radford ... went 15-of-17 from the field vs. RU for the best shooting performance by a DU player since Ruben Montanez went 15-of-17 in a win over Saint Peter's on Feb. 17, 1973 ... followed that with 19 vs. West Virginia to earn Atlantic 10 co-Player of the Week honors (12/14) ... added 30 points and six assists in the A-10 opening 76-71 win over Charlotte and followed that with 25 points and eight assists at St. Bonaventure ... with the Charlotte game tied at 69-69 Jackson scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:22 to go, then stole the ball and fed Damian Saunders for a layup to put the Dukes up four ... he then hit 3-of-4 free throws over the final 24 seconds to seal the win ... has a 2.12-to-1 assist/turnover ratio (106-50) ... has made 11 more free throws (76-of-94) than any other DU player has attempted ... has flirted with a triple-double on four occasions (20 points, 7 assists & 7 steals at Saint Francis, Pa., 20 points, 10 rebounds & 6 assists in 28 minutes vs. Furman, 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists vs. Old Dominion and 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists vs. Rice) ... his seven steals at Saint Francis, Pa. tied the second-highest total in school history ... became the 13th player in school history to post 10 or more assists in a game with a career-high 10 at USC Upstate ... added nine assists vs. Bowling Green ... earned A-10 Player of the Week for a second time (Jan. 4) after averaging 16.5 points, 7.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in wins at Robert Morris and vs. Bowling Green ... his 5.9 assists per game average is on pace to challenge the school record of 6.0 held by Norm Nixon ... Jackson is averaging a team-high 35.2 minutes/g.
- Freshman Oliver Lewinson has played in 13 games ... has logged double digit minutes five times with a career high of 17 at Saint Joe's ... also logged 15 minutes at St. Bonaventure ... had four points and three boards at Radford ... grabbed a season high six rebounds in seven minutes vs. NC Central
- Freshman Aleksandar Milovic played a total of 11 minutes in two games before a season-high 19-minute outing at Pitt ... saw the added time due to injuries to two fellow forwards (David Theis, bruised kidney & Rodrigo Peggau, sore knee - were both not in uniform at Pitt) ... has played in seven games
- Freshman B.J. Monteiro started the first five games of the season ... his opening day start marked the fourth consecutive season at least one true freshman was in DU's opening day starting lineup ... posted season highs for points (7) and rebounds (4) in the opener vs. High Point ... has provided spark of the bench in two of DU's past four games with four points in six minutes and St. Bonaventure and all seven of his points in nine second-half minutes of DU's come-from-behind win over George Washington ... saw his consecutive games streak snapped at 12 against Bowling Green also DNP vs. Charlotte ... has attempted 24 free throws in 10.3 minutes per game
- Freshman Shawntez Patterson has played in three games
- Freshman Rodrigo Peggau played in four games before his season was ended prematurely by Dec. 18 right knee surgery ... 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 nine games with a season-high 13 minutes vs. Furman ... scored five in the opener vs. High Point ... 2-of-7 from the 3-point arc
- Sophomore Damian Saunders leads the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg.), blocked shots (38) & steals (37) and is second in scoring (14.7 ppg.) ... shooting .595 from the field and .386 from 3-point (22-of-57) ... has a team-best 55 offensive rebounds ... has scored in double digits in 16 of 18 games (season-opening streak of eight-straight ended with nine points vs. Old Dominion) ... has scored 20 or more four times (21 vs. High Point, 20 at USC Upstate, a career-high 22 at Duke and 20 at Saint Joseph's) ... had a career-high six steals vs. High Point and tied his career high with four blocks at Pitt and vs. Bowling Green ... added five steals at St. Bonaventure and four against Dayton ... is shooting better from the field (.595) than he is from the foul line (36-of-64, .563) ... has four double-doubles (20-12 at Upstate, 22-10 at Duke, 18-10 vs. NC Central & 12-11 vs. Charlotte) ... named A-10 co-Player of the Week following the Duke game (11/30) ... has led the team in scoring five times and in rebounding 14 times ... has a team-high 25 dunks
- Sophomore David Theis was averaging 14.2 minutes in DU's first five games before being sidelined with a bruised kidney ... suffered the injury on Nov. 25 at USC Upstate and played a then career-high 27 minutes at Duke before experiencing discomfort ... had seven points at Duke and tied his career high with two steals vs. the Blue Devils ... missed the next two games at Pitt and at Radford ... was cleared to practice on Dec. 10 ... scored eight points in a career-best 34 minutes in his return game vs. WVU ... went 2-of-2 from the 3-point arc against the Mountaineers ... scored nine points and had five rebounds vs. Rice ... had a career-high six rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Dayton ... posted a new career high with 10 points in 16 minutes at Saint Joseph's ... is shooting .447, including 6-of-16 from the 3-point arc
LIFE WITH FRESHMEN
Duquesne, which began the season as one of the youngest teams in the nation with eight scholarship freshmen, has seen the ups-and-downs that come with a young roster. On Jan. 14, freshmen Melquan Bolding (26 points), Eric Evans (13 points) and B.J. Monteiro (7 points) combined for 46 points in an 88-83 win over George Washington. Three days later, the same threesome went 3-of-20 from the field in combining for nine in a 78-69 loss to Dayton. Said head coach Ron Everhart earlier this season when asked if he knows what to expect from his freshmen for each game: "Each game, I don't know what I'm going to get for each practice." In the past five games, DU's freshmen have scored 9, 34, 46, 9 and 29 points.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 70
In 77 games under Ron Everhart, the Dukes are 38-22 when scoring 70 or more points, including an 12-2 mark this season. On the other hand, when scoring under 70 Everhart's Dukes are 1-16 (0-4 this year).
80.3 PPG UNDER EVERHART
Duquesne was the highest-scoring Atlantic 10 team in ten years in leading the conference for the second-straight season with an 82.3 ppg. average in 2007-08. DU's scoring average was the highest by an A-10 team since Xavier averaged 83.5 ppg. in 1997-98. In 2006-07, the Dukes paced the A-10 with an average of 78.3 ppg. The Dukes are averaging 80.1 ppg. this season and 80.3 ppg. overall under Ron Everhart (6,182 points in 77 g.).