Youngstown State (3-2) at Duquesne (1-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 21, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: YSU 1-0, Duquesne 1-1. Away Record: YSU 2-0, Duquesne 0-2. Neutral Record: YSU 0-2, Duquesne 0-0. Conference Record: YSU 0-0, Duquesne 0-0. Series Record: Duquesne leads, 9-2.
GAME NOTES: The Duquesne Dukes try to bounce back from their weakest outing of the young season as they clash with the Youngstown State Penguins in subregional action for the Legends Classic at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
Just two days ago, the Dukes produced a hefty 90 points in a two-point overtime victory versus James Madison, but on Tuesday it was as if it had never happened as the team scored a scant 43 points in a 14-point loss to North Dakota State. Overall, Duquesne is just 1-3 this season.
Meanwhile, the Penguins opened the campaign with three straight victories, but since then they've suffered back-to-back defeats. First it was an 83-80 overtime loss to North Dakota State on Monday, and then yesterday the squad was taken out by JMU by just a single point, 69-68.
The Dukes lead the all-time series against YSU by a 9-2 count.
Youngstown State led by as many as 11 points in the second half on Tuesday, but when it came down to crunch time the team folded under the pressure. A pair of free throws by Blake Allen with 28 seconds left gave the Penguins a four-point lead, but a three-pointer and a couple of late free throws by the Dukes of JMU sent YSU to the loss column for the second time in as many days. All five starters scored in double figures for the Penguins, beginning with Damian Eargle with 17 points, to go along with his six blocked shots, followed by Allen with 14 and both Shawn Amiker and Kendrick Perry with 12 points. Kamren Belin logged a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the loss. Through five games, Perry leads the group in scoring with his 18.2 ppg, while Belin (11.8 ppg) handles much of the action on the glass with his 8.6 rpg.
Duquesne fell behind immediately against the Bison, trailing 9-0 four minutes into the meeting and by 19 points with just under seven minutes to play in the first half. Eventually the Dukes would finish the outing with a dreadful 27.1 percent accuracy from the floor, including 4-of-22 shooting behind the three- point line so there never really was a threat to North Dakota State. Duquesne failed to produce a single double-digit scorer, although Andre Marhold did come within a point of reaching that threshold as he shot 4-of-9 from the floor. However, the other four starters combined to shoot a mere 6-of-27 from the floor. Surprisingly, Marhold is averaging just 5.5 ppg through the first four games, but more importantly for the Dukes, he is clearing 5.3 rpg and has registered nine of their 19 blocked shots so he does still have an influence in games even when he isn't scoring points.
Playing all of these back-to-back-to-back games can certainly take a toll on players and that was evident on Tuesday when the Dukes failed to put up much of a fight. Hopefully they'll want to come out and play for the hometown fans on Wednesday, but nothing's a given at this point.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Youngstown State 67, Duquesne 57
11/21 10:33:07 ET