On Friday night, PSN will be in Annapolis, Maryland watching Duquesne compete against a red-hot College of Charleston basketball program in the Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy.
Duquesne and Charleston both won their first games of the season in nail-biting fashion, and the two programs are ready to go for a battle between two NCAA Tournament hopefuls from the mid-major level.
DUQUESNE OPENS SEASON WITH ‘W’ OVER CLEVELAND STATE
The Dukes took down Cleveland State in the opener by a score of 79-77. Duquesne’s guard tandem of Dae Dae Grant and Jimmy Clark III combined for 37 points and nine assists, as Grant led the team in scoring and Clark dished out a team-best eight dimes.
Duquesne’s newest front court members Hassan and Fousseyni Drame provided some big plays down the stretch for the Dukes and finished with some similar stat lines. Hassan had 11 points and four rebounds, while Fousseyni had 10 points and five boards.
Tre Williams added nine points and four rebounds in the winning effort.
CHARLESTON TAKES DOWN IONA IN A TIGHT BATTLE
Charleston defeated Iona 71-69 behind 16 points off the bench from 6-foot-10 junior forward Ante Brzovic and 15 from starter Frankie Policelli.
Policelli is a 6-foot-9 forward who transferred in this past offseason from Stony Brook, where he played three seasons. In the win on Monday, Policelli went 5 for 11 from the field, including 3 for 9 from three-point range. He also grabbed eight rebounds in the victory.
According to Kenpom.com, Duquesne is ranked as the No. 90 overall team in the country while Charleston is listed as the No. 103 team.
Last year, Charleston finished with an incredible 31-4 record. The Cougars qualified for the NCAA Tournament, where they received a No. 12 seed. Head coach Pat Kelsey has turned the program into a mid-major power, and his #OurCity motto has brought the city behind the program. On Monday, the stadium sold out for the team’s opener against Iona according to ESPN.
Friday’s game will tip off at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network live from Annapolis. John Sadak, Steve Lappas, and Jon Rothstein will be on the call. You can also listen to the game on 104.7 HD2/IHeartRadio with Ray Goss and Jarrett Durham on the call.
Charleston is currently favored by 1.5 points, according to Action Network.