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Duquesne Dukes Men’s Basketball Game Notes: At #5 Dayton Flyers today

Dukes head to Ohio for rematch vs. the A-10 leader

 

G26 | DUQUESNE (18-7, 8-5) at #5 (AP) DAYTON (24-2, 13-0)
Sat., Feb. 22 • 2:00 pm ET • Dayton, Ohio • UD Arena (13,371)

TELEVISION: Stadium with Matt Martucci & Dr. John Giannini
RADIO: WJAS-AM 1320 / iHeartRadio with Ray Goss (’58) & Jarrett Durham (’71)

Duquesne (18-7, 8-5) heads to Ohio for a rematch with #5 (AP) Dayton (24-2, 13-0) on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. (Stadium). The UD game begins a stretch of three-of-four on the road for the Dukes who will also visit St. Bonaventure and VCU (around a home game vs. George Mason) in the next 11 days. DU is looking for its first road win over a ranked team since a Feb. 27, 2014, 71-64 win at #10 (AP) Saint Louis. The Dukes, who fell to the then-#7 (AP) Flyers, 73-69, at PPG Paints Arena on Jan. 29, are 0-2 vs. ranked teams under Keith Dambrot, with the other defeat coming on a last-second 3-pointer at #24 (AP) Rhode Island (61-58) on Jan. 27, 2018. Dambrot faced a ranked Dayton team once while at Akron, falling 83-81 in 2OT to the #20 (AP) Flyers at UD on Jan. 2, 2008.

TRENDING

  • Duquesne’s 18-7 record is the school’s best through 25 games since 1971-72 (20-5 final).
  • This is just the fifth time in 43 Atlantic 10 seasons that DU has eight wins in its first 13 conference games.
  • The Dukes are holding opponents to 64.3 points per game – the lowest opponent average in 58 years.
  • The Dukes rank 9th nationally – and first in the A-10 – in blocks/g. at 5.76. DU is fifth in the nation in block percentage (16.1 according to KenPom).
  • Duquesne is 22nd nationally and first in the A-10 in fewest fouls per game (15.0).
  • Junior Marcus Weathers’ (team-high 14.7 ppg.) 17 traditional three-point plays are the most by a Duke since Aaron Jackson converted 20 in 2009. Weathers leads DU with 122 free throw attempts.
  • Sophomore Sincere Carry is DU’s second-leading scorer at 11.6 ppg. DU is 14-3 when Carry, DU’s assist leader at 5.0 apg., hands out five or more assists. Carry has 38 assists (nine turnovers) in DU’s past five g.
  • Junior center Michael Hughes ranks 8th nationally in blocks per game (2.88) and 9th in block pct. (12.98 according to KenPom). DU is 8-1 (4-1 in A-10 play) when Hughes blocks four or more shots.
  • DU is 13-4 all-time (7-2 this year) when junior Tavian Dunn-Martin hits three or more 3-pointers. Dunn-Martin  is averaging 13.8 ppg. in his past six g.
  • Grad transfer Baylee Steele has made 70.4% of his two-point attempts (19-of-27) over DU’s past four games.
  • Duquesne is 10-15 in road games – including 10-14 in A-10 play – under Keith Dambrot. Duquesne has posted a program record-tying four A-10 road wins in each of the past two seasons. This season marks just the fifth Duquesne has posted four A-10 road wins. The Dukes – who were the last Division I team to play a road game – are 4-2 on the road, with all four wins coming in conference play. DU has two A-10 road games remaining after Dayton.
  • Under Keith Dambrot, DU is: 43-3 when leading with 5:00 left … 40-11 when scoring 70 or more points (12-1 this year) … 35-3 when the first to 70 points in a game … 35-7 when holding opponents under 70 (16-0 this year).

DUKES AND FLYERS
Series Record: Dayton leads 56-24
At Pittsburgh: Dayton leads 22-15
At Dayton: Dayton leads 33-6
A-10 Regular Season: Dayton leads 34-10
A-10 Championship: Tied 1-1
MCC Regular Season: Tied 1-1
Dambrot vs. Dayton: 1-8
Dambrot vs. Dayton at Duquesne: 1-4

  • This is the 81st meeting in a series that dates to Jan. 5, 1953. Dayton leads the series 56-24, including a 34-10 lead in Atlantic 10 regular season games. In games at Dayton, UD leads 33-6. Dayton has won eight of the past nine at UD Arena, including a 76-74 win in 2016, a 64-63 win in 2011, a 78-72 overtime win in 2010 and a 68-64 win last year. DU’s last win at Dayton came on Feb. 1, 2012 (83-73, a span of six games).
  • Duquesne, which lost 16 in a row to Dayton from 1997 through 2004, is 9-18 against the Flyers in the past 27 games.
  • Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot is 1-8 vs. Dayton (1-4 at DU), with four losses coming when the third-year DU coach was at Akron. Three of the four games were single-digit affairs including an 83-81 double overtime loss to the No. 20 (AP) Flyers at UD Arena on Jan. 2, 2008 and a 54-50 home loss on Dec. 6, 2008.
  • DU is 4-7 all time vs. ranked Dayton teams, with two meetings occurring with both in the A-10: a 76-74 win by the #19 (AP) Flyers at UD Arena on Feb. 9, 2016 and a 73-69 win by #7 (AP) Dayton at PPG Paints Arena on Jan. 29.

A DU WIN WOULD …

vs. Ranked Teams

  • Be the school’s first over a Top 5 team on the road.
  • Be the highest-ranked team Duquesne has defeated since a 78-76 OT win over No. 4 (AP) Providence at the Civic Arena on Feb. 6, 1966 (54 years).
  • Be Duquesne’s first win over a ranked – and Top 10 – team since Feb. 27, 2014 at #10 (AP) Saint Louis (71-64) (a span of 6 g.).
  • Be head coach Keith Dambrot‘s first victory over a ranked team in 19 tries. (Dambrot has played 16 of his first 18 games vs. ranked teams either on the road or at neutral sites.)
  • Give DU a 1-2 record vs. ranked teams under Dambrot.
  • Mark the program’s 17th win over a Top 10 team – and fifth over a Top 5 team – while unranked.

Program Milestones

  • Mark the first time since 1971 (21-4) and 1972 (20-5) that Duquesne had 19 or more wins in back-to-back seasons (DU was 19-13 last year).
  • Be the first time in school history that DU produced back-to-back seasons with nine or more Atlantic 10 wins (10-8 last year).
  • Be DU’s school record fifth A-10 road win. It would also tie the school record for consecutive A-10 road wins (3).
  • Be DU’s first win at Dayton since Feb. 1, 2012 (83-73), ending a streak of six-straight defeats.
  • Snap Dayton’s 15-game overall & home win streaks.

LAST GAME
George Washington 70, Duquesne 67 • Wednesday, Feb. 19, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Duquesne, down 62-48 with 4:48 left, pulled to within two at the 35-second mark, but couldn’t close the gap in seeing their five-game win streak over GW snapped.
  • The Dukes, who outscored the Colonials 42-26 in the paint, couldn’t overcome a 5-of-24 performance from the 3-point arc.
  • GW outshot DU 48.1 percent to 39.7 percent. The Colonials went 9-of-20 from 3-point.
  • Marcus Weathers (19 points) and Sincere Carry (17 points) combined for 26 of DU’s 35 second-half points. The two combined for 15 of 18 points during a Duquesne late-game 18-6 run.
  • Michael Hughes had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
  • George Washington’s largest lead was 14 at 62-48 with 4:48 left … Duquesne’s largest lead was nine at 16-7 with 12:18 remaining in the first half … there was one tie and three lead changes before Maceo Jack gave GW the lead for good at 25-23 with 6:13 left in the first half … GW led for 25:40 … Duquesne led for 12:53 – all in the first half.

 

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