Duquesne (2-0) vs. Binghamton (1-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 23rd, 5:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center (7,826) -- Cullowhee, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Duquesne 1-0, Binghamton 1-0. Away Record: Duquesne 1-0, Binghamton 0-2. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-0, Binghamton 0-0. Conference Record: Duquesne 0-0, Binghamton 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Preparing to play three games in as many days as part of the Cullowhee Subregional of the CBE Classic, the Duquesne Dukes hit the hardwood at the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center against Binghamton today.
The Dukes come in with two wins in as many tries to begin 2009-10, first taking out Nicholls State with an 85-62 decision and then posting a thrilling 52-50 victory versus Iowa on the road in the first round of this event. The victory against the Hawkeyes was the first for the Dukes against a Big Ten program since 1973.
As for the Bearcats, members of the America East Conference, their only win of the season thus far came against Bloomsburg in the opener by a score of 54-49 back on November 14th. Since then the team has been set down in back-to-back outings -- a 71-46 decision versus Pittsburgh and a 66-40 loss to St. Bonaventure on Friday.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between these two teams on the hardwood. Both squads will be back on the floor again tomorrow with the Bearcats going up against host Western Carolina and the Dukes battling Division II foe Arkansas-Monticello.
Bill Clark measured it and let fly with a three-pointer with 11.7 seconds remaining in the meeting with Iowa last week, the long-range effort providing to be the game winner in the two-point outcome. Clark finished the contest just 4-of-12 behind the three-point line and 7-of-17 from the field overall as he tallied a team-best 20 points. Before fouling out Damian Saunders played a huge game in the paint for Duquesne with his 16 points and team-best 16 rebounds. The team played without Melquan Bolding who was undergoing wrist surgery, which means the Dukes will be without the flashy scorer for the immediate future. With Bolding on the mend, that leaves Clark (19.5 ppg) and Saunders (16.5 ppg) to direct the offense. While it has only been two games thus far, Saunders has proven to be a beast in the middle with his incredible 17.5 rpg, adding four blocked shots and 10 steals, not to mention seven assists for the big man.
Against in-state foe St. Bonaventure, the Bearcats couldn't come up with an offense, settling for a mere 38.6 percent shooting from the field, 23.1 percent behind the three-point line and a miserable 3-of-8 at the charity stripe. The team turned the ball over 19 times and had a total of only four assists. Chretien Lukusa was the top scorer for the group with his 12 points on 5-of-8 from the field, adding five of the unit's 24 rebounds. The team has had three different leading scorers in as many games so far this season, with Moussa Camara the lone double-digit performer at the moment with his 10.3 ppg. Camara has gotten it done with a mere 37 percent shooting from the floor and 5-of-16 out on the perimeter. Camara has yet to log a single assist in almost 100 minutes of action, but that is not all that unusual given that Binghamton has a collective 20 assists in three games and 47 turnovers.
Even without Bolding, the Dukes are still too strong for many opponents on the inside, something Binghamton will find out rather quickly today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duquesne 82, Binghamton 57
11/23 10:31:40 ET