Duquesne will look to build on its impressive undefeated start to the season when it hosts Columbia on Monday night. The Dukes are off to a 7-0 start this year, picking up a win against VMI in its last game. The Lions are struggling, entering Monday’s game with a 3-7 record and a two-game losing streak.
Columbia looking to snap losing skidColumbia has not had an ideal start to the 2019-20 season. The Lions lost to Lafayette and Wake Forest in their first two games, before picking up their first win of the season in a 12-point home victory against Binghampton. They followed that win with a three-game losing skid, falling to Virginia, St. John’s and Rider. The lone bright spot was a two-game winning streak after that stretch, beating Central Connecticut and Lehigh. However, they have lost their last two contests, getting beat by Delaware and Bryant.
The Lions are led by senior guard Mike Smith, who is the only player with big-time numbers on the roster. Smith is scoring 21.9 points per game and leads the way with 5.3 assists per game. He has been electric from beyond the 3-point line, making 27 of 60 attempts from downtown. Smith is also third on the team in rebounding with 4.6 per outing. The production really falls off behind Smith. Junior forward Randy Brumant and freshman guard Jack Forrest are tied for second on the team in scoring, despite only adding 8.1 points per game. Brumant is the team’s leading rebounder with 5.7 boards per contest.
Duquesne hoping to stay unbeatenDuquesne has been perfect to open the season. The Dukes are 7-0, picking up wins against Princeton, Lamar, Lipscomb, Indiana State, Air Force, LMU and VMI. Their most recent win was a 71-58 victory against VMI. Duquesne limited VMI to a 10 of 35 effort from beyond the 3-point line, while cashing in on 13 of their 15 free throw attempts. The Dukes are scoring 71.9 points per game while holding opponents to 57.3 points per game. Their perimeter defense has been particularly outstanding, only allowing opponents to shoot at a 25 percent clip from beyond the arc.
The Dukes boast an extremely balanced lineup, with five players averaging at least 9.0 points per game. Sophomore guard Sincere Carry is leading the way with 13.0 points per game, 4.9 assists per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. Junior center Michael Hughes is second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game, while also ranking second with 6.7 rebounds per outing. Senior center Baylee Steele is the second-string center, scoring 11.3 points per game off the bench. Freshman guard Maceo Austin is making an immediate impact, scoring 9.4 points per game. Junior forward Marcus Weathers is adding 9.0 points per game and leads the team with 7.6 rebounds per contest.
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