The Duquesne Dukes play the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament on Wednesday at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Duquesne finished the regular season 6-23 overall and 1-16 in A-10 play. The Duke were defeated by La Salle 85-76 in their final game of the regular season. Duquesne has lost each of its last 16.
Amir Spears is leading Duquesne in scoring and assists with averages of 12.1 points and 3.0 assists per game, while Kevin Easley is the leading rebounder with an average of 6.6 rebounds per game. Duquesne has four players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team in scoring an average of 64.8 points per game, while shooting 40.0% overall and 30.5% from three-point territory.
Rhode Island completed its regular season 14-15 overall and 5-12 in A-10 play. The Rams were defeated by the St. Joseph’s Hawks 70-60 on Saturday in their final game of the regular season. Rhode Island fell behind by seven points at halftime and could not make up the difference after the break. Malik Martin was the leading scorer for Rhode Island with 11 points. Rhode Island has lost five of its last six.
Makhel Mitchell is the leading scorer for Rhode Island with an average of 10.8 points per game, while Jeremy Sheppard is the second leading scorer and the leader in assists with averages of 10.0 points and 2.9 assists per game. Makhi Mitchell is the leading rebounder with an average of 7.2 rebounds per game. Rhode Island has two players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team in scoring an average of 67.0 points per game.