Duquesne (8-19) at La Salle (19-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Tom Gola Arena (3,400) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: DU 6-8, LSU 11-2. Away Record: DU 2-10, LSU 8-5. Neutral Record: DU 0-1, LSU 0-0. Conference Record: DU 1-12, LSU 9-4. Series Record: La Salle leads, 37-30.
GAME NOTES: Two teams at opposite ends of the Atlantic 10 Conference standings meet in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday afternoon, as the Duquesne Dukes come calling on the La Salle Explorers.
After falling to St. Bonaventure last Saturday, 78-71, Duquesne has lost its last three and has dropped 14 of its last 15 overall. The team's only A-10 victory of the season came on Feb. 14 over Temple, also in Philadelphia.
La Salle currently sits in a tie for third place in the A-10 standings behind only Saint Louis and VCU. In their most recent outing, the Explorers came from behind to defeat Rhode Island, 72-65, last Sunday. La Salle is 5-1 in its last six bouts, and 7-2 in its last nine in conference play.
La Salle maintains a 37-30 edge in the all-time series with the Dukes, dating back to 1940. Last season, the Explorers toppled Duquesne, 71-68, in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, DU had won three straight. The Dukes have won the last four times they've visited Tom Gola Arena.
Duquesne, which started three freshmen for the fifth consecutive game (Derrick Colter, Jeremiah Jones and Quevyn Winters), trailed by three with 1:55 left before turning the ball over on back-to-back possessions in what wound up being a seven-point loss to St. Bonaventure. Winters led the Dukes with 18 points, seven rebounds and a career-high four steals. Andre Marhold had 13 points and Colter and Jones added 10 each. Colter handed out a game-high nine assists. The Dukes, who were outrebounded, 35-26, were outscored 36-20 in the paint. The Bonnies outshot the Dukes, 54.0 percent to .39.3 percent.
The Dukes average 8.2 3-point field goals per game, second-most in the conference. Freshman guard Derrick Colter paces the club in scoring (13.0 ppg) and assists (5.1 apg). Colter possesses maturity beyond his years, ranking ninth in the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5). He has thrice been named the conference's rookie of the week this season. Duquesne's 3-point shooting spree begins with freshman forward Quevyn Winters, who has stroked it at 37 percent (49-of-134) from downtown. Colter has made 44 treys of his own, while three others have at least 24 3-pointers on the season.
The Explorers trailed Rhode Island by three at the break, but they shot 55 percent from the field in the second half to knock off the Rams last Sunday. Tyreek Duren led all scorers with 21 points, while three others (Tyrone Garland, Ramon Galloway, Jerrell Wright) reached double figures as well. Wright recorded his third double-double of the season (12 points, 15 rebounds), and Tyrone Garland tied a season-high with six assists.
As a team, the Explorers rank first in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.309), second in free throw percentage (.746) and steals (8.1 spg), and third in scoring offense (72.3 ppg), scoring margin (+7.0), 3- point field goal percentage (.371), turnover margin (+3.08), and assist-to- turnover ratio (1.2). Galloway enters the weekend as the A-10's third-leading scorer (17.2 ppg) as well as the third-leading 3-point shooter (2.8 per game). The senior converts at a 42 percent clip from long range, and he has made at least one trey in all but two games this season. Wright comes in averaging a club-best 6.6 rpg. The sophomore pulled down a career-high 15 boards at Rhode Island last weekend, and he has come up with at least six boards in six of his last eight games. Garland continues to provide an offensive spark off the bench for the Explorers, as the junior is averaging 12.2 ppg and has reached double figures in five of the last six.
With their lone conference win coming in Philadelphia, the Dukes are hoping that lightning can strike in the same place twice, but the Explorers are too good a team and should be able to easily handle Duquesne.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: La Salle 78, Duquesne 65
03/02 10:59:38 ET