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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: St. Bonaventure 7-5, Duquesne 6-7. Away Record: St. Bonaventure 4-8, Duquesne 2-10. Neutral Record: St. Bonaventure 1-0, Duquesne 0-1. Conference Record: St. Bonaventure 5-7, Duquesne 1-11. Series Record: Duquesne leads, 57-52.
GAME NOTES: Atlantic 10 Conference rivals meet in the Steel City on Saturday night, as the St. Bonaventure Bonnies tangle with the Duquesne Dukes at the Palumbo Center.
St. Bonaventure's season has not gone according to plan after the team won the 2012 A-10 Tournament championship, as it sits with a 12-13 mark overall and a 5-7 record in conference. After dropping back-to-back games in overtime to La Salle (69-66) and Richmond (83-80), the Bonnies found themselves on the positive end of a close matchup this past Wednesday night versus UMass, 99-94.
After starting the season a respectable 7-5, Duquesne has taken a major tumble, losing 13 of its last 14 games. The Dukes traveled to nationally- ranked Butler on Tuesday night and were saddled with a 68-49 loss to remain all alone in last place in the A-10 with a 1-11 mark.
St. Bonaventure won the first meeting between the two this season, 68-60, on Feb. 2, but Duquesne still leads the all-time series, 57-52.
Duquesne never led in its most recent bout against Butler, shooting a mere 37.3 percent from the field while making just eight trips to the foul line. Derrick Colter shot only 4-of-11 from the field but finished with 11 points, while Jerry Jones and Jeremiah Jones each netted nine points. On the season, the Dukes boast a modest offense with 67.3 ppg, but they shoot less than 41 percent from the field. They also have a rather porous defense, allowing foes to put up greater than 74 ppg. Colter is not only the team's leading scorer with 13.1 ppg, but he is one of the A-10's top floor generals with 5.0 apg. Sean Johnson adds 11.6 ppg, but both he and Colter shoot lower than 38 percent from the floor. Andre Marhold doesn't contribute much on the scoreboard (6.0 ppg), but he is solid in the paint with 5.8 rpg and 1.7 bpg.
St. Bonaventure outlasted UMass in its latest game thanks to its highest scoring output of the season, as it shot 46.2 percent from the floor and an incredible 32-of-33 from the foul line (.970). Leading the way was Eric Mosley, who drained 12-of-18 field goal attempts (including 5-of-8 from 3- point range) and went a perfect 10-of-10 from the stripe for 39 points, which was not only a career-high but the second-most in program history against an A-10 opponent. Chris Johnson also netted a career-best 22 points, while Demitrius Conger tallied a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Scoring points has rarely been an issue for the Bonnies this year, as they pour in the fourth-most in the league at 71.7 ppg, but they also allow the fourth-most to their opponents at 71.3 ppg. Conger is the team's leader with 13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 3.0 apg, while Johnson (12.9 ppg) and Mosley (12.6 ppg) have also been strong scorers. Mosley has drained 67 3-pointers at a league- best 44.7 percent clip.
St. Bonaventure hasn't exactly been a model of consistency this season, but coming off a high-powered performance, it'll sure be anxious to keep the momentum rolling against a hapless Duquesne squad.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: St. Bonaventure 83, Duquesne 68
02/23 10:43:27 ET