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Duquesne Will Once Again Be Shorthanded Tonight vs. Alabama State

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The Duquesne Dukes 9-game homestand will continue tonight as they host Alabama State, but Keith Dambrot’s squad will once again be shorthanded.

The Dukes (4-1) will be three players short in the frontcourt, as they deal with injuries and a suspension.

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Forwards R.J. Gunn, Joe Reece and Kevin Easley will not be in uniform for tonight’s matchup at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse.

Gunn’s dealing with a foot injury, while Reece will miss his second straight game with an injury to his ankle. This will be the third game in a row that Easley sits with a team-imposed suspension.

Last game against North Florida, Dambrot inserted freshman David Dixon into the starting lineup, and he produced with 14 points (6 of 12 shooting) and seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Duquesne will also need continued production from both Tre Williams and Austin Rotroff. Monday night, Rotroff was solid with nine points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, while Williams chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Despite being a few men down, Duquesne was able to win some key statistics against North Florida as they won the battle for points in the paint (38-34) and offensive rebounds (16-6).

Tipoff is set for 7 PM with the game being televised on ESPN+. Oddsmakers have set Duquesne as -19.5-point favorites over winless Alabama State (0-5). Keep in mind though, Alabama State has played a very competitive schedule thus far- UAB (4-1), USC (3-1), Pepperdine (4-1), San Jose State (4-1) and Pitt (3-3).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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