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New Hampshire 84 - Duquesne 81

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Just an atrocious loss tonight. Certainly, Duquesne vs UNH was the worst home defeat since Northern Illinois Ron Everhart first season.

The Good

It’s really difficult to take a positive out of this one, but I have to give the Dukes credit for getting it together after the first media timeout and clawing their way back into it.

The Bad

The game winning basket that allowed Patrick Konan a nearly uncontested lay up. Duquesne gift wrapped the victory for them.

The Ugly

Defense seems like the easy answer here, but I thought for long stretches of the game they defended brilliantly. In general, the lack of cohesion on offense wins the ugly. By the end of last year, they began to run a somewhat complex system with post screens and more movement. We haven’t had much but double high sets and no one’s hitting off the pick and roll. The Dukes only assisted on 11 of their 27 baskets. For a team built around unselfish basketball, that falls well short of the mark.

The Moment I Knew It Was Over

I feigned hope until the end but the Ovie Soko basket interference call brought me to the harsh realization that Duquesne would lose. In fairness to Soko, the ref blew the call, but I think if Soko had just stuffed it home, it would’ve counted.

Play of the Game

The Konan drive. Nothing else comes close.

Dirty Moment That the Eastern Pennsylvania in Me Enjoyed

I wish the Dukes played a little dirtier.

Credit Where Its Due

New Hampshire shot better in the game than they did in warm ups.  For those who only see the box score, about half their makes were solidly contested. They won this one by simply making baskets.

Player of the Game

Chris Pelcher had the big game, but Daniel Dion made huge play after huge play in the second.

Parting Thoughts

Inexcusable loss. Even though the Dukes got next to none of the bounces, they still need to win a game like this one at home against a middle of the pack Am-East team. Period.

If you crave my usually positive spin tonight,  you won’t get it. However, this is what a UNH played thought of the victory. Please feel free to read into it what you will.

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