Duquesne (7-13) at St. Bonaventure (9-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reilly Center (5,480) -- Olean, New York. Television: TWC. Home Record: Duquesne 6-4, SBU 5-4. Away Record: Duquesne 1-8, SBU 3-6. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-1, SBU 1-0. Conference Record: Duquesne 0-6, SBU 2-4. Series Record: Duquesne leads, 57-51.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams that have been idle since last Saturday will meet up at the Reilly Center, as the St. Bonaventure Bonnies are set to host the Duquesne Dukes in Atlantic 10 Conference action.
Duquesne suffered its eighth straight loss last weekend at Dayton, 72-56. The Dukes are winless in conference play and have posted only one road victory in nine tries this season. Following this tilt, they'll return to Pittsburgh to host George Washington and Xavier next week.
The Bonnies snapped a recent six-game slide with back-to-back wins, but they could not make it three in a row last Saturday as they fell at home to Saint Louis, 67-57. The Bonnies could certainly use a win here before they hit the road for a pair of games next week against Butler and Rhode Island.
Duquesne leads the all-time series, 57-51, although SBU has won the last four meetings at the Reilly Center.
Freshmen Jeremiah Jones and Quevyn Winters shared team-high scoring honors with 16 points each in the loss to Dayton. Jones' total was a career-high, while sophomore Marvin Binney chipped in with a personal-best 13 points off the bench. The game turned when the Flyers, trailing 20-13, closed out the first half with a 17-4 run, then opened the second stanza with an 11-2 spurt. During that decisive stretch, DU made only 2-of-15 field goals. Starting guards Derrick Colter and Sean Johnson combined to shoot 1-of-17 for the game, as they finished with four points and seven turnovers between them. The Dukes shot just 33.3 percent as a team and lost the rebounding battle, 42-31. Junior forward Jerry Jones (8.4, 4.0) sat out due to a violation of team rules. The team could certainly use him back in the lineup as well as a rebound game from Johnson, the Dukes' lone senior and leading scorer (13.1 ppg). Colter (12.9 ppg) is the only other DU player averaging double figures.
For St. Bonaventure, senior forward Demitrius Conger leads the team in scoring (14.3), rebounding (7.2) and assists (53), as he is the only A-10 player to pace his team in all three categories. Also averaging double figures for SBU are Chris Johnson (12.8 ppg) and Eric Mosley (10.0 ppg). The Bonnies never led against Saint Louis last Saturday, although they trimmed a 15-point halftime deficit down to seven with 3:36 remaining before the Billikens answered with a 6-0 spurt. Conger paced SBU with 15 points and nine boards in the loss, while Johnson and Charlon Kloof each scored 11. Saint Louis tallied 27 points off 19 Bonnies turnovers, marking the most points off turnovers an opponent has scored against SBU this season. The Bonnies also shot just 36.2 percent from the floor and tied a season-low with only two 3-pointers (in 16 attempts). Entering the game, they had made 21-of-38 from beyond the arc over the previous two contests. In addition, starting guard Matthew Wright, who combined for 40 points in those previous two games, suffered a left foot injury although he is considered probable.
After playing so well in their last couple of games, the Bonnies reverted back to old ways against SLU as they wasted far too many possessions. Look for coach Mark Schmidt to get his squad back on track inside the friendly confines of the Reilly Center.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 69, Duquesne 61
02/02 10:53:39 ET