Page 7 Sidebar — Feb. 8, 2018

Compiled by Sports Editor Adam Lindner

Duquesne Briefs

 — Both basketball teams played on Feb. 7, with the women beating VCU, 80-71, and the men falling at Dayton, 88-73. Julijana Vojinovic recorded a career-high 28 points to go along with 7 assists for Duquesne, while Rene Castro-Caneddy led Keith Dambrot’s team in scoring versus the Flyers with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.

 — On Saturday, Feb. 10, both basketball teams will play at A.J. Palumbo Center, beginning with the men’s team (15-10, 6-6 A-10) versus Fordham (8-15, 3-8 A-10) at noon. At 2:30 p.m., Dan Burt’s squad (20-4, 10-1 A-10) will face Saint Joseph’s (11-12, 6-5 A-10).

 — On Feb. 7, the Duquesne football team announced the signing of 11 high school seniors to national letters of intent, as well as five players that will be transferring in from FBS programs. Duquesne’s recruiting class now sits at 20, as four players signed NLIs with Duquesne in December.

National Briefs

— After beginning Big East play 0-11, St. John’s defeated No. 4 Duke in a non-conference matchup on Feb. 3 for its first victory since a Dec. 20 win versus Saint Joseph’s. Then, four days later on Feb. 7, St. John’s defeated Big East-leading No. 1 Villanova in Philadelphia, 79-75. The win over Villanova was St. John’s’ first victory over the nation’s top-ranked team since 1985.

This Week in Sports History…

— On Feb. 8, 1936, the first-ever NFL Draft took place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia. With the first overall selection, the Philadelphia Eagles selected tailback Jay Berwanger of University of Chicago. Berwanger was the first-ever Heisman Trophy winner, as well, winning the award in 1935.

— On Feb. 8, 1986, 5-foot-7 Atlanta Hawks point guard Spud Webb won the NBA Dunk Contest, defeating 6-foot-8 teammate Dominique Wilkins in the contest’s final round. Webb scored 8,072 points in his 12-year NBA career.