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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 15, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hagan Arena (4,200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Duquesne 5-4, SJU 5-2. Away Record: Duquesne 3-1, SJU 3-2. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-1, SJU 2-1. Conference Record: Duquesne 1-1, SJU 1-1. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 36-12.
GAME NOTES: With six wins in their last seven contests, the Saint Joseph's Hawks are hitting their stride just as the Atlantic 10 Conference schedule heats up.
Tonight, the Hawks tangle with the Duquesne Dukes, another team that was hot, but was cooled off on Sunday.
The Dukes had won five straight until falling at home to La Salle, 75-56, a few days back. Dominique McKoy recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Derrick Colter and Ovie Soko both finished with 12 points for Duquesne.
Tonight begins a tough stretch for the Dukes, who play five of their next seven on the road. Duquesne has captured three in a row on the road for the first time since 2011 when the Dukes won five straight away from home. The three road wins have already eclipsed last year's total (2-12).
Duquesne has five players averaging nine points or better, led by Soko (18.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg), who is in the top-5 in the A-10 in rebounding. Tra'Vaughn White (12.1 ppg), McKoy (10.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Colter (9.8 ppg) and Micah Mason (9.1 ppg) are part of a balanced offensive attack for a team that is second in the league in scoring (78.1 ppg), but is giving up 74.9 ppg. The Dukes are allowing teams to shoot 44.4 percent from the field, which is the worst defensive mark in the conference. The Dukes have feasted at the foul line. Duquesne has made 26 more free throws than their opponents have attempted.
The Hawks are coming off an 84-80 win at George Mason last Saturday. Halil Kanacevic scored 23 points. Langston Galloway added 20 points for Saint Joseph's, while DeAndre Bembry tacked on 17 points and Papa Ndao contributed 13.
Saint Joseph's is also dealing with injuries. Senior Ronald Roberts, who sat out the last game with back spasms, is questionable for tonight's contest. Sophomore Isaiah Miles will be sidelined for the third consecutive game due to a concussion. Ndao replaced Roberts in the starting lineup for the George Mason game, and could do so again tonight. Galloway (17.2 ppg) leads the Hawks in scoring, while Roberts (.564) is tops in field goal percentage. Kanacevic (8.1 rpg) spearheads the club's rebounding effort.
Saint Joseph's has dominated this series and has won three in a row versus Duquesne, but two of those games went to overtime. The Hawks have won 14 of the last 17 in the series. Duquesne has already matched its win total from a year ago, but the Dukes will be hard-pressed to beat the Hawks on their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 80, Duquesne 70
01/15 10:32:37 ET
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