PREVIEW: at Fordham – Duquesne University Athletics

G14 | DUQUESNE (6-7, 1-0) at FORDHAM (8-5, 1-0)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 • 7:00 p.m. ET • Bronx, NY • Rose Hill Gym (3,200)

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Duquesne (6-7, 1-0), who enjoyed a 19-day hiatus to defeat UMass, 78-74, at Amherst on Saturday, takes a three-game winning streak in Bronx, NY to face Fordham (8-5 , 1-0) on Wednesday January 12 at 7:00 p.m. (ESPN +).

The Rams, who are 4-1 at home, have not played since a 69-61 win at La Salle on December 30.

DU, who has won their last three A-10 opening games (including a 5-0 start in 2020), did not open the conference game with a second leg road wins since 1979-80 (the Dukes started with consecutive road games a total of nine times in their A-10 history, including last year).

First year guards Jackie johnson iii (27 points) – Rookie of the Week on Jan. 10 – and Primo Spears (21 points) led the Dukes to their first UMass win since 2011. Kevin Easley Jr. added 10 points and a career-high five interceptions for the Dukes, who outscored the Minutemen 22-10 off turnovers.

Duquesne, of which 10.9 turnover / g. average is currently the lowest in school history, will face a Fordham defense that forces an average of 14.2 turnovers per game.


  • DU’s average of 10.9 turnovers per game is the lowest in program history (11.0 / g. In 2014 is the record). The Dukes set a new school record for the fewest turnovers in a game with three against New Hampshire.
  • Duquesne (Tyson acuff, .500; Jackie johnson iii, .439 and Kevin Easley Jr., .415), Davidson and UMass are the only three A-10 teams with three players ranked in the top 15 by 3-point percentage.
  • Four Dukes enter Wednesday’s game with 17 or more at 3 points: Jackie johnson iii (18), Kevin Easley Jr., Tyson acuff and Leon Ayers III (17 each).
  • TCU transfer first year Kevin Easley Jr. has scored in double digits in 12 of DU’s 13 games, including the last nine in a row. He recorded five career-high interceptions with 10 points on Saturday at UMass.
  • First year Mercer transfer Leon Ayers III, the A-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 29, has scored 20 or more goals, a four-time high for the team.
  • Second year student Tyson acuff came off the bench to score in double digits in three of DU’s last five games, including a career-high 16 points – with a career-high four to 3 points (4 of 5) – against UC Irvine.
  • Primo Spears, the A-10 Rookie of the Week on Nov. 15, led the Dukes four times (tied with Leon Ayers III for the high team). He posted his third 20-point game to UMass (21 points).
  • First year care Jackie johnson iii, the A-10 Rookie of the Week on Jan. 10, has scored 27 points in a game twice this season (against Weber State and at UMass). He is the first DU freshman to score 27 or more in multiple games since Robert Mitchell had 29 at Robert Morris and 28 at GW on his way to winning the 2006-07 A-10 Rookie of the Year award. .
  • Junior Austin rotroff, who is recovering from a foot injury early in the season, averages 7.3 rebounds in 20 min / g. off the bench in DU’s last three games.


Series record: Duquesne leads 28-16
In Pittsburgh: Duquesne leads 14-7
In the Bronx: Duquesne leads 13-7
Neutral site: Fordham leads 2-1
A-10 Regular season: Duquesne leads 21-13
A-10 Championship: Fordham leads 1-0
Dambrot vs. Fordham: 7-1

  • This is the 45th game in a series dating back to December 22, 1949. Duquesne leads 28-16. In games played in New York, the Dukes led 13-7. DU have won the last six games, five of the six going by eight points or less.
  • DU has won eight of the last nine at Rose Hill Gym, including the last six in a row. Last year, Duquesne swept the season playoffs (48-45 in Pittsburgh and 86-62 in the Bronx). Fordham’s 24-point margin of victory was DU’s biggest in an A-10 road game, eclipsing the previous mark of +23 (64-41) set at Fordham on January 6, 2018.
  • Duquesne’s six-game winning streak is either team’s longest in the series.
  • This is the sixth consecutive season the two have played at home. The two split the regular season series in 2017 and 2018, before DU sweeps in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • Duquesne is 21-13 against the Rams in the Atlantic 10 regular season game.
  • Keith dambrot is 7-1 against Fordham with the next eight games at Duquesne.


Duquesne’s average of 10.9 turnovers per game is on track to be an academic record. Keith dambrot– coached DU teams (in bold below) posted four of the eight lowest turnover averages in school history:

Year g Turnover Per.G.
2022 13 142 10.9
2014 30 331 11.0
1995 28 322 11.5
2018 32 383 12.0
2012 31 374 12.1
2015 31 381 12.3
2020 30 379 12.6
2021 18 240 13.3

ACT OF BALANCE: The Dukes average five players within three points of each other: Kevin Easley Jr. (12.6), Leon Ayers III (12.5), Primo Spears (11.7), Tre williams (10.4) & Jackie johnson iii (9.6). Ayers III (four times), Spears (three times) and Johnson III (twice) have scored 20 or more goals this season. Seven Dukes have recorded double-digit games this season.

CLOSED CALLS: Duquesne led for 99:29 of a possible 125 minutes in three of his losses this season: 36:58 (never lagging behind in regulation) of his 84-76 overtime loss to Colorado at the Paradise Jam, 32:45 in the loss to Bowling Vert and 29:46 in the backhand to Marshall. Colorado scored 3 points to tie with: 03 left in regulation and Marshall scored a decisive “3” with: 10 left.

TO START: The Dukes have used seven starting lineups in 12 non-conference games, none of which have started more than two straight games. Eight players have started at least once in the non-conference game. Kevin Easley Jr., Tre williams and Primo Spears are the only players to start every game this season.

Duquesne 78, Massachusetts 74
January 8, 2022 • Mullins Center • Amherst, Mass
Game Recap 13

  • First year guards Jackie johnson iii (27 points) and Primo Spears (21 points) combined 48 points to help the Dukes overcome a 20-8 deficit to defeat the Minutemen at Amherst.
  • The Dukes, playing their first game in 19 days, definitely took the lead with 1:12 left in the first half.
  • DU, who shot 51.4% in the second half and 46.3% for the game, edged UMass 22-10 on turnovers.
  • Kevin Easley Jr. added 10 points and five steals, a career-high for the Dukes who claimed their first victory at Amherst since 2011 (ending a five-game losing streak).
  • It was the 17th time the Dukes have come back from a double-digit deficit to win under Keith dambrot.
  • Duquesne’s biggest lead was eight, the last of which came at 59-51 with 8:28 remaining … UMass’s biggest lead was 12, at 20-8 with 8:25 remaining in the first half … there was no tie and three lead changes before Jackie johnson iii gave the Dukes the lead for good on a jumper with 1:12 left in the first half … UMass led for 17:55 … Duquesne led for 21:45.