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Everhart tinkers with Duquesne's lineup

| Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — Facing a matchup zone for the first time this season, Duquesne shuffled point guards for much of the first half against Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis on Saturday night, using senior Jason Duty, sophomore Eric Evans and junior Damian Saunders at the position to start the game.

Freshman Sean Johnson entered the mix off the bench.

The plan, perhaps more a design of necessity, seemed to benefit Evans, who has struggled in the role since taking over following the departure of all-conference guard Aaron Jackson, now playing in Turkey's top professional league.

Evans scored 12 first-half points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 2 for 2 from 3-point range, and finished with a career-high 20 after hitting 8 of 17 shots, 4 of 8 from long-range. He entered the game shooting just 30.2 percent (32 for 106) overall and just 9.1 percent (3 for 33) from 3-point range.

"They were playing the matchup zone against us and we were just passing and cutting," Everhart said following Duquesne's 73-64 loss. "I thought we did a really good job against it. This was a good game for us to play because Richmond is going to do the same type of thing."

The Dukes open their Atlantic 10 Conference schedule on Jan. 6 against the Spiders at Palumbo Center.

» Duquesne's trip to Indianapolis is its first visit to the state of Indiana since the Dukes dropped a 78-52 decision at Purdue in the Boilermaker Invitational on Dec. 8, 2000. Duquesne made multiple trips to Indiana (at Butler and Evansville and as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament) during its one season as a member of the MCC in 1992-93. Duquesne also played at Notre Dame during that season.

» A Miami Heat scout was in attendance to observe Duquesne junior Damian Saunders, who notched his eighth double-double in 12 games this season and second in a row.

» IUPUI senior forward Robert Glenn, a preseason first-team all-Summit League pick, has topped the 30-point mark twice this season, including a 37-point performance on 15-of-17 shooting against Drake.

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