Saint Joseph's (8-5) at Duquesne (7-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) -- Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Saint Joseph's 4-2, Duquesne 6-1. Away Record: Saint Joseph's 3-3, Duquesne 1-6. Neutral Record: Saint Joseph's 1-1, Duquesne 0-1. Conference Record: Saint Joseph's 0-1, Duquesne 0-1. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 36-12.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Joseph's Hawks fly across the Keystone State to take on the Duquesne Dukes in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.
The Hawks are coming off a 72-66 home loss to No. 14 Butler on Wednesday in the A-10 opener. The Hawks are 3-2 on the road this season, posting wins over Coppin State, Drexel and Morgan State. The losses came at No. 11 Creighton and at Big 5 rival Villanova.
Duquesne dropped their conference opener at Fordham on Wednesday, 82-75. The loss snapped a four-game Duquesne series win streak and extended its current road losing streak to four. The Dukes, who are 1-6 on the road this year, are back home for the first time since Dec. 19. DU which is 6-1 at the Palumbo Center this season, has won five in a row at home.
What was once a lopsided series has tightened considerably over the past five years. The Dukes, who lost 16 of 17 to SJU from 1994 through 2007, have won three of the last six, with all three losses coming in overtime (including an 84-82 defeat at home last season).
In their last outing against Butler, the Hawks led 40-35 at the half, but shot a miserable 25.9 percent from the field and were outscored by a 37-26 margin after intermission. Chris Wilson led the Hawks with 15 points on a career-best five 3-pointers. Ronald Roberts had 12 points, nine rebounds and a career-high four blocks in the setback.
The leading scorer for the Hawks is guard Carl Jones (14.8 ppg). Junior forward C.J. Aiken ranks among the nation's top-10 with 3.1 blocks per game. Junior guard Langston Galloway (14.7 ppg) has a team-high 30 3-pointers, and he is shooting 84.1 percent from the foul line (37-of-44). As a team, the Hawks are scoring 68.2 ppg and giving up 63.2 ppg.
In the Dukes' recent loss to Fordham, there were seven ties and six lead changes before the Rams took the lead for good on a Chris Gaston layup with 3:55 left in the first half. Fordham shot 57.1 percent from the floor in jumping out to a 47-41 halftime lead. The Rams finished at 53.1 percent for the game, and they outrebounded the Dukes, 49-3, and outscored them in the paint, 44-28. Derrick Colter led Duquesne with 17 points and a career-high nine assists in 33 turnover-free minutes. Kadeem Pantophlet added 13 points and Sean Johnson scored all of his 12 points in the second half. Duquesne logged a season-high 10 steals while committing a season-low five turnovers.
Three of the Duke's top five scorers are freshmen: Derrick Colter (13.5 ppg), Quevyn Winters (8.5 ppg) and Jeremiah Jones (7.2 ppg). Colter and Winters combined to earn A-10 Rookie of the Week honors for three-straight weeks in December. Colter, who has scored in double digits in his past seven games, averaging 17.9 point per over that span, leads the Dukes in scoring (13.5 ppg., 0.2 ahead of Sean Johnson) and he leads in assists (75/5.0 apg) as well. If this continues, he would be only the fifth player in school history to lead the Dukes in scoring and assists.
The Hawks have had difficulty holding on to leads, but they are an experienced squad and should bounce back after the tough loss to Butler.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 74, Duquesne 65
01/12 10:41:36 ET