Duquesne Sweeps A10 Awards
PITTSBURGH – Guard Aaron Jackson (Hartford, Conn./Worcester (Mass.) Academy) and forward Scott Grote (Centerville, Ohio/Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy) have been named Atlantic 10 Player and Rookie of the Week respectively for their performances in Duquesne’s 98-93 overtime win at Boston College on Dec. 28.
It is the first time since December of 1995 that Duquesne has swept both weekly Atlantic 10 honors and also marks the school-record seventh time Duquesne has been honored by the A-10 this season.
Jackson, who was the league’s co-Player of the Week last weekend, had 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in a team-high 41 minutes at BC. The 6-2 sophomore hit 7-of-12 shots from the field in becoming just the seventh player in school history to earn Player of the Week honors twice in the same season.
Jackson leads the Atlantic 10 in minutes (36.6 mpg.) and ranks fourth in the league in assists (4.09 apg.). His 2.05-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is also fourth-best in the conference.
The 6-6 Grote scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to help the Dukes rally from a 10-point deficit with 4:43 left. His 3-pointer from the right wing with 8.2 seconds remaining in regulation forced the overtime and his five free throws in six overtime attempts helped seal DU’s first-ever win on an Atlantic Coast Conference team’s home court.
Grote’s award gives the Dukes four A-10 Rookies of the Week so far this season (teammate Robert Mitchell won the award on Nov. 26, Dec. 4 and Dec. 10), one short of the school record of five set in 1986-87. It is also just the second time in school history DU has produced two different Rookies of the Week in the same season. The other was in 1986-87 when Tony Petrarca was named four times and Kevin McCarthy once.
The only other time Duquesne swept the weekly Atlantic 10 awards was on Dec. 24, 1995 when Tom Pipkins was named Player of the Week and Kevin Price earned his first of four Rookie of the Week honors that season.
Duquesne (4-7), coming of its first back-to-back road wins since 1994, returns to action on Jan. 3 for the Atlantic 10 season opener at Saint Joseph’s (7-5).