PREVIEW: Duquesne vs. State of Alabama

G6 | ALABAMA STATE (0-5) at DUQUESNE (4-1)

Wed, Nov 23, 2022 • 7:00 pm ET • Pittsburgh, Pa. • UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse (3,500)

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Duquesne (4-1), winner of three straight games, hosts Alabama State (0-5) on Wednesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse (ESPN+). It’s the second of nine straight home games — and the second game in 48 hours — for the Dukes, who opened the home grandstand with a dramatic 83-82 win over North Florida on Monday.

Tevin Brewers Foul line floater with :01 left won the game with 18 draws and 23 lead changes. Dae Dae Grant led the Dukes by 26 points.

The Dukes, who are averaging 81.4 points per game, are scoring 90.0 ppg. clip at home.

Alabama State has been in Pittsburgh since their 73-54 loss at Pitt on Sunday. The Hornets led by three points (34-30) at halftime before being outplayed 42-20 in the second 20 minutes. TJ Madlock (15.0 ppg.), son of head coach Tony Madlock, led ASU with 16 points.

This is Duquesne’s first meeting with the Hornets, who will not be playing a home game until January 2nd. DU is 19-5 in non-conference home games since 2018/19 – including wins at four different “home” venues.

TRENDING

  • This is the second of nine straight home games for the Dukes, who won’t leave UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse until December 28 in their Atlantic 10 opener in Dayton.
  • DU, which averaged 65.2 ppg. last season, averages 81.4 ppg. through five games this year. The Dukes have 270 points in their first three home games — a 90.0 ppg average.
  • Nine Dukes (Brewer, Clark III, Dixon, Grant, Hronsky, McGriff, Reece, Rotroff & Williams) have double-digit scores so far this season.
  • DU’s depth is evidenced by his 154-132 advantage in bench points (Dukes have averaged 30.8 ppg off the bench in 2022-23 so far).
  • DU’s average assists per game is up +7.6/g. from last year (from 10.0 to 17.6).
  • Guard Dae Dae Grant shoots .537 from field and .581 from 3 points (18 of 31) young season. Grant has surpassed the 20-point mark three (25 against Montana, 24 against Colgate and 26 against North Florida).
  • Tevin BrewerHe gave 15 assists in four games after missing the start (annex).
  • Guard Jimmy Clark III, who played at VCU as a freshman and sophomore, has eclipsed his career as a DI, scoring twice high in four games with 11 at Kentucky and 13 against South Carolina State. His career high earlier in the season was nine. Clark III, DU’s top defender, has a pair of four-steal games.
  • Austin Rotroff came off the bench to lead the Dukes in rebounding in four of five games. The 6-10 forward had a career-high 11 boards off the bench in 12 minutes against SC State and scored all of his season-best 10 points in the second half against Colgate. He had nine points and eight rebounds against UNF on Monday.
  • student in the first year David Dixon scored 14 points in his first career start against UNF and added seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Dixon had three dunks against the Ospreys.

ALABAMA STATE QUICK NOTES

  • This is the first meeting between Duquesne and Alabama State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
  • The State of Alabama, based in Montgomery, Alabama, was selected for SWAC’s 10th place finish in a preseason league coach vote. The Hornets went 9-21 last season.
  • The Hornets, starting with 12 straight road games, won’t play at home until Jan. 2 (SWAC opener vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff). Their only non-conference home game, scheduled for November 18 against Carver College, was cancelled.
  • The Hornets are led by TJ Madlock (15.0 ppg.), who is 6-3 as a sophomore South Carolina state transfer guard. Madlock, the son of ASU freshman head coach Tony Madlock, scored 25 points (5 of 9 of 3) in the Hornets’ opener at UAB. He also scored 17 at Pepperdine and had 16 at Pitt on Sunday.
  • Duquesne is 4-1 all-time against the schools that make up the current Southwestern Athletic Conference, with all five encounters at home.
  • Alabama State is a first opponent for DU head coach Keith Dambrot. Dambrot is 1-0 against the SWAC in Duquesne with a 73-49 win over Mississippi Valley State on December 13, 2017.

LAST GAME: DUQUESNE 83, NORTH FLORIDA 82

Nov 21, 2022 UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Tevin Brewer hit a foul line floater with :01 left to give the Dukes an 83-82 win over North Florida.
  • Dae Dae Grant led the Dukes by 26 points (4-of-9 out of 3pt). student in the first year David Dixon added 14 points and seven rebounds in his first career start. Tre Williams finished with 13 points.
  • DU outperformed UNF with 20-0 fewer turnovers to counter a 58 percent shooting performance by the Ospreys.
  • DU’s 22 assists (with just six turnovers) were three short of the Dambrot-era all-time high against Delaware State (2017-18) and at Fordham (2020-21).
  • Austin Rotroff gave another strong performance off the bench with nine points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.
  • Duquesne was without a striker Joe Reece (injured), RJ Gunn (injured) and Kevin Easley (team suspension).
  • Duquesne’s biggest lead was six, at 70-64, with 7:15 left… North Florida’s biggest lead was eight, at 33-25 with 5:56 in the first half… there were 18 draws and 23 lead changes, with the final change of leadership is imminent Tevin Brewers Floater left :01…North Florida led for 17:58…Duquesne led for 14:00.

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING…

DU’S YOUNGEST HEROICS IN THE LATE GAME
Game winner with three or fewer seconds remaining

 








player, opponent date shot time final
Aaron Lovelace vs. Pitt 12/12/00 hang up :02.2 71-70
Kieron Achara at Saint Francis U 22.12.06 3-ptr :00.0 72-71
Derrick Colter vs St Bonaventure 01/25/14 3-ptr :00.0 83-81
Micah Mason at Saint Francis U 12/12/15 jumper :02.0 67-65
Primo Spears vs. New Hampshire 11.12.21 jumper :03.5 64-62
Tevin Brewer against North Florida 11/21/22 swimmer :01.0 83-82

BOLD indicates real buzzer beaters

Last overwhelming victory: Derrick Colter 3-pointers to defeat St. Bonaventure (83-81), 1/25/14
Duquesne’s final court storm: After a 64-55 win over Pitt at PPG Paints Arena on 12/2/16 (ending a 15-game losing streak)
Last court assault by a Duquesne opponent: St. Bonaventure fans after a 64-62 win at the Reilly Center, 2/5/11 (SBU went on an eight-game DU winning streak with a 3-pointer by Michael Davenport with :01.6 left)

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