Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)
A.J. Palumbo Center (5,358) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
DUKES MEET BONNIES MEET AGAIN
The Dukes, who are 7-3 at home, face a much-improved Bonnies team that is 7-1 in true road games (not including neutral sites) this season. The Dukes will be looking for their best overall & conference start since 1980-81 against a Bonnies team that is one win shy of setting a school record for true road wins. In the first meeting this season, Duquesne won at SBU 98-80 on Jan. 10.
Five players are averaging in double figures for the Dukes in conference play led by Bill Clark at 17.2 ppg. A sixth player, freshman Eric Evans, is averaging 9.8 ppg. off the bench. DU's three top overall scorers, Aaron Jackson (17.0 ppg.), Damian Saunders (14.1 ppg.) and Clark (12.6 ppg.) are all shooting better than .500 from the field.
The Dukes, who are averaging 86.3 ppg. in conference play, began the week ranked 15th nationally in scoring offense (80.5 ppg.) and eighth in assists per game (17.8 apg.).
SBU, which has already eclipsed it overall win total and tied its conference win total from last season (8-22, 2-14), has four players averaging in double figures led by junior G Jonathan Hall at 13.5 ppg.
SBU is one of three A-10 schools the Dukes will play twice this season (Dayton & Saint Louis are the others). DU plays at Saint Louis on Wed., Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m. EST. (Please note start time change.)
- Duquesne, one of the youngest teams in the nation with eight scholarship freshmen and one scholarship upperclassman, is off to its best conference start since 1983-84 at 4-2
- The last DU team to open 5-2 was in 1980-81 when the Dukes tied for the regular season Eastern 8 title at 10-3
- 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 (17.0 ppg.), who has played the past three 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: assists (2nd), FT% (2nd), ast/TO ratio (3rd), steals (4th), FG% (4th) & scoring (4th).
- Sophomore F Damian Saunders (14.1 ppg.) is 2nd in steals (2.06 spg.), 3rd in FG% (.588) & rebounding (8.1 rpg.) and 4th in blocks (2.0 bpg.).
- Junior G Jason Duty, who is 8-of-12 from the arc in his past two g. (19.0 ppg.), ranks tied for first in the A-10 in 3-point pct. (.439).
- Sophomore G/F Bill Clark leads the Dukes in scoring (17.2 ppg.) and FG% (.574) in A-10 play.
This is the 101st meeting between the Dukes and Bonnies in a series that dates back to Feb. 13, 1920 ... it is also the 58th consecutive season DU and SBU have met at least once on the hardwood ... Duquesne leads the overall series 53-47 including a 98-80 win at SBU on Jan. 10 ... in games played at Pittsburgh Duquesne leads 34-14 ... the Dukes have won seven of the past 10 meetings, however, St. Bonaventure has won two of the past three at the Palumbo Center ... DU head coach Ron Everhart is 3-2 against the Bonnies (1-1 at home) ... last year, DU defeated SBU 83-67 at home ... the Bonnies took a 97-94 decision at Pittsburgh in 2007 ... St. Bonaventure is one of three A-10 teams the Dukes will play twice this year along with Dayton and Saint Louis ... Duquesne owns more conference wins over SBU (25) than any other A-10 school.
- A victory over St. Bonaventure would:
- Give Duquesne its best overall and best conference start since 1980-81. The `81 NIT Dukes opened 14-6 and 5-2 on the way to a 20-10 record and 10-3 finish and tie for the regular season Eastern 8 title.
Duquesne began the week as one of three schools (South Carolina State and Georgia Tech are the others) with two players ranked among the nation's top 50 in field goal pct. Sophomore forward Damian Saunders was 25th at .588 and senior guard Aaron Jackson 46th at .541.
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).
Aaron Jackson, a career .509 shooter who is converting at a .541 rate this season, began the week as the 4th-best shooting guard in the nation behind Paul Delaney of UAB (.590), Jason Flagler of South Carolina State (.552) and Lee Cummard of BYU (.552).
Notes from Sunday's 89-68 win at Fordham
- Duquesne took the lead for good at the 12:41 mark of the first half.
- Bill Clark, who scored a game-high 22 points, had 16 in the first half.
- Clark (4-of-6) and Jason Duty (4-of-7) combined to hit all eight of DU's 3-pointers.
- Duty finished with 18 points, giving him 38 (19.0 ppg.) in his past two games.
- It was the seventh time the Dukes have had at least five double-digit scorers in a game this season (6-1 in those games).
- The win was the sixth on the road, matching the most by a Duquesne team since 1985-86.
- Aaron Jackson, who has been playing through a painful bruised tailbone suffered on Jan. 14 vs. George Washington, flirted with a triple-double with 10 points, a career high-tying 11 rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes ... he had zero points, two rebounds and two assists at the half.
- A career .509 shooter, Jackson has gone 6-of-25 from the field (.240) in his past two games.
- Damian Saunders, who scored a season-low four points, contributed nine rebounds and three steals.
- Freshman Melquan Bolding, who is averaging 14.0 ppg. in A-10 play, scored 19 points (8-of-11 from the field) in front of a large contingent of friends and family.
QUICK PLAYER NOTES
1 • Aaron Jackson
Lone senior Aaron Jackson, who leads the team scoring (17.0 ppg.) & assists (113, 5.9 apg.) and is second in rebounding (5.7 rpg.) & steals (36, 1.9 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 .541 shooting percentage began the week as the fourth-best among NCAA Division I guards ... 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 2.1-to-1 assist/turnover ratio (113-53) ... has made seven more free throws (80-of-98) than any other DU player has attempted ... has flirted with a triple-double on five 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, 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists vs. Rice & 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists at Fordham) ... 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 34.8 minutes/g.
2 • Chase Robinson
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.
3 • Eric Evans
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 10 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 23.4 ... 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 73 free throw attempts (.767).
13 • Jason Duty
Junior Jason Duty, who entered the season with two career double-digit scoring games, has reached double figures in seven of DU's past 10 outings (eight 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 ... added 18 points in the next game at Fordham (4-of-7 from 3-point) ... 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 24-of-28 from the foul line this season and 45-of-54 (.833) for his career ...made his first 14 free throws of the season before missing his first attempt vs. NCCU ... has started all 19 games, and hit at least one 3-pointer in 17 of them ... broke out of a four-game 2-of-15 3-point shooting slump to hit 27-of-53 (.509) from the arc in DU's past 11 games ... is second on the team with 36 3-pointers ... his .439 3-point percentage ranks third in the A-10 ... has hit at least three 3-pointers in a game seven times this year ... made 14 3-pointers in each of his first two seasons at DU ... has 28 assists and just 14 turnovers ... had 31 assists in 45 career games entering this season ... second on the team with 64 career games played ... has a 3.75 GPA as an accounting major.
21 • Shawntez Patterson
Freshman Shawntez Patterson has played in three games.
22 • David Theis
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 .429, including 6-of-17 from the 3-point arc.
23 • Melquan Bolding
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 seven of his past 10 games including a career-high 26 vs. George Washington on Jan. 14 ... added 19 in front of family and friends at Fordham ... also has a pair of 16-point outings (at both Robert Morris and St. Bonaventure) ... averaging 14.0 ppg. in conference play ... 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 ... went 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc at Robert Morris ... added four more "3's" in the 26-point outburst against GW ... has pulled down a season-best six rebounds six times and has had three steals in a game three times ... had a career-high four assists in the A-10 opener vs. Charlotte ... third on the team with 33 offensive boards.
25 • Damian Saunders
Sophomore Damian Saunders leads the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg.), blocked shots (38) & steals (40) and is second in scoring (14.1 ppg.) ... shooting .588 from the field and .379 from 3-point (22-of-58) ... has a team-best 55 offensive rebounds ... has scored in double digits in 16 of 19 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 (.588) than he is from the foul line (38-of-69, .551) ... 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.
30 • Bill Clark
Sophomore Bill Clark, whose career scoring high entering this season was 16, has topped the 20-point mark three times ... 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 was the second of his career (first this season) ... went 9-of-12 from the field (4-of-6 from the arc) in scoring 22 at Fordham ... is second on the team with 59 assists, including a career-best six in a game three times ... had 41 assists in 30 games last season ... six of his top eight high scoring games this season have come at home ... has scored in double digits 13 times ... has hit three or more 3-pointers in a game seven times ... leads the team in 3-pointers made with 38 (.409) ... had a streak of seven-straight double-digit games snapped at Saint Joseph's (nine points) ... averaging a team-high 17.2 ppg. and shooting a team-best .574 in Atlantic 10 play ... is 20-of-39 (.513) from the 3-point arc in his past seven games.
1 • Aleksandar Milovic
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.
32 • B.J. Monteiro
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 five 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 26 free throws in 10.4 minutes per game.
33 • Rodrigo Peggau
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.
54 • Oliver Lewinson
Freshman Oliver Lewinson has played in 14 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.