Duquesne plays West Virginia in Morgantown tonight in Eastern Eight basketball -- and WVU urged the Dukes to leave their star home in Pittsburgh. He'll play, Duquesne retorts.
He is guard B. B. Flenory, one of the league's top scorers (21 a game).
What's it all about, B.B.?
Two years ago, frosh flash Flenory is elbowed in the head by Mountaineer player Bob Huggins. Charges and counter-charges fly over whether the blow was intentional; Flenory suffers a concussion, misses all but eight games that year.
This past December, Duquesne wins the West Virginia Classic (not playing WVU) as Flenory amasses 89 points in two games. Had something to prove to the West Virginia fans, he declares.
Jan. 14, WVU-Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Flenory begins swinging at Mountaineer players -- four of them, WVU films show -- and (with but four points) is ejected. WVU Coach Gale Catlett complaints of harassment during the game by spectators allegedly including Flenory's father, a policeman in New Kensington, Pa.
So, Duquesne considered acceding to WVU's request before Coach Mike Rice met with Flenory and his father Monday night and decided to take the 6-2 junior to Morgantown.
Okay, conceded WVU. "Our security here is pretty darned good," said its spokesman. "... The fans will boo... but are not violent..."