Duquesne (5-1) is firing on all cylinders early in the basketball season, they will look to continue their successes when the Dukes take on Mississippi Valley St. (0-7) at the A.J. Palumbo Center tonight. Tonight’s game should be an easier battle for the Dukes to come out on top, but no game should be taken lightly.
The Dukes are coming off a strong showing against Western Kentucky their last time out in an 81-73 victory. Derrick Colter, Duquesne’s leading scorer averaging 20.5 points per game, led the offense again after putting up a 24 points (9-for-14 from the field).
Also, watch for senior guard Micah Mason and senior forward Jeremiah Jones in this one. Jones topped his career high in points last game with 17 and also pulled down 9 boards. Mason, an all-around player, collected 14 points, 5 rebounds
MVSU is coming off a game in which they got blown out by Tennessee Tech 101-64 — just an ugly game. Vacha Vaughn, a junior forward, recorded his first career double-double in the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Vaughn more than likely will not play a huge factor in tonight’s game; averaging 4 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 1.7 APG in 2015.
Duquesne does not turn the ball over much, if that continues tonight, it should bode well for the Dukes.
Opponents have had an average turnover percentage of 18.9% when playing Mississippi Valley State this season. Duquesne is undefeated this season (3-0) when its TO% is 18.9% or higher.
Duquesne is averaging 26 three-point shots per game, and when they take 20 or more threes, the Dukes are 4-1.
Duquesne will be looking for their sixth win of the year tonight. The Dukes have not started a year 6-1 since the 2007 season; team ended 17-13.
|PPG||Marcus Romain (14.3)||Derrick Colter (20.5)|
|RPG||Michael Matlock (5.1)||L.G. Gill (7.3)|
|APG||Kylan Phillips (2.4)||Micah Mason (5.5)|
The team leaders, overall stats do not lie. DU has a much more athletically inclined team and has more standout basketball players.
*This will be the first time Duquesne meets Mississippi Valley State on the basketball court.
Playing Miss. Valley St. tonight will be a nice tune-up game for Duquesne before they play Pitt men’s basketball in the annual City Game at Consol Energy Center.
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