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Duquesne-St. Joseph's scouting report

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002

Saint Joseph's (11-4, 5-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) at Duquesne (5-11, 0-5)

  • Game info: 7:35 p.m., Palumbo Center (6,200)

  • On the air: KQV-AM (1410)

  • Probable starters: Saint Joseph's, Bill Phillips, F, 6-10, Sr., 12.3 ppg., 6.9 rpg; Damian Reed, C, 6-9, Sr., 9.6, 6.5; Marvin O'Connor, G, 6-4, Sr., 19.3, 4.1; Jameer Nelson, G, 6-0, Soph., 12.3, 4.4, 6.7 apg.; Na'im Crenshaw, G, 6-5, Sr., 14.4, 3.9. Duquesne, Wayne Smith, F, 6-7, Sr., 16.1 ppg., 5.5 rpg.; Aaron Lovelace, F, 6-5, Sr., 8.2, 6.8; Chris Clark, C, 6-10, Jr., 2.9, 3.0; Kevin Forney, G, 6-4, Jr., 9.1, 2.9; Jamal Hunter, G, 6-4, Sr., 9.2, 2.8.

  • Coaches: Saint Joseph's, Phil Martelli, 118-82, seventh year; same overall. Duquesne, Danny Nee, 5-11, first year; 373-289, 22nd year overall.

  • The skinny: What a time for Duquesne to try and end a five-game losing streak! The Dukes face Atlantic 10 preseason favorite Saint Joseph's tonight at home, where they are 4-3 this season. Saint Joseph's has battled through some injuries to post a 5-0 league start. The Hawks are 4-0 on the road this season, including league wins at Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Duquesne will need to keep up the intensity it showed in the second half of an overtime loss to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, when the Dukes scored 51 points to rally from a 20-point halftime deficit.

  • Key matchup: Saint Joseph's is led by one of the top backcourts in the nation in senior Marvin O'Connor and sophomore Jameer Nelson. If you haven't heard of them, you haven't been paying attention. Duquesne has.

  • Worth noting: Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli was monitoring the physical condition of starting guard Na'im Crenshaw, the Hawks' second-leading scorer, for mononucleosis. Leading scorer Marvin O'Connor is probable with an ankle injury. ... Duquesne freshman guard Aly Samabaly, who started the Dukes' first 14 games before being relegated to the bench, is out with a foot injury. Duquesne coach Danny Nee said Samabaly has swelling below his ankle in what has become a chronic problem. He did not practice Tuesday. ... Saint Joseph's has beaten Duquesne four consecutive times and in 10 of the past 11 meetings. The Hawks lead the series, 26-9.

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