Dec 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Duquesne Dukes guard Jeremiah Jones (middle) goes to the basket as Penn State Nittany Lions forward Ross Travis (left) and forward Donovon Jack (5) defend during the first half at the CONSOL Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

County Game - 67-63 Robert Morris wins again

Some people sitting around me at the today’s County Game blamed the players for the loss. Others blamed the coaches. Personally, I’m putting this loss on everyone except Dominique McKoy.

The Good

There are no moral victories today.

The Bad

The first 6 minutes. Duquesne dug themselves a hole that they truly could not dig out of in the first six minutes of the game. Sure, they came back to tie it, but they didn’t really get into the game at both ends till a Jerry Jones three pointer at the nine minute mark of the first half. Jim Ferry’s team came out flat, looking unprepared for the 2-3 zone that any Duquesne fan who did a little research this week knew was coming. At the other end, they didn’t get a defensive stop until after the first media time out.

The Ugly

Seven Missed Layups. A lot of people will blame the missed FT’s for this loss. I’d like to point out that layups should be higher percentage shots and they also count for two points. They missed seven layups, made five including dunks and that doesn’t even count the ones that rolled off after a foul.

The Moment I Knew It Was Over

Not having any of this comeback crap. When Karvel Anderson hit that open three at 3:24, the game was over.

Play of the Game

With the game 44-43 Robert Morris up , Colonials’ forward Jeremiah Worthem lost control in front of the media table. A turn over looked likely, but somehow, the lose ball found its way to Charles Oliver for an easy layup. Not flashy, but a big momentum changing point of the game.

Credit Where It’s Due

Aside from three point shooting at key points of the game and their hot start, I really don’t know if I can explain how Robert Morris deserved to win this one. I hate it when people automatically blame their team or call for blood following a loss, but Duquesne lost the second game in a row where their opponent really did nothing special to win.

Player of the Game

Dominque McKoy even in the losing effort. He remains the Dukes most offensively efficient player while everyone else struggles. He got his second double – double in a row.

Parting Thoughts

I’m still not giving up on this team or season, but I haven’t got anything pleasant to say. The Dukes selling out to work on defense has really cost the offense. I thought it at the end of the game and Ferry touched on it in the post game interview with Ray Goss. They showed greater chemistry the third game of the season than they did today and against Penn St. The coaching staff needs to find a balance, but I never saw this team struggling this bad on offense in a million years.

The team’s three most talented players need to find their shot, too. Ovie Soko, Derrick Colter and Tra’Vaughn White have struggled from the floor after decent starts. All three looked fixed on shooting at times and forced plays when they could pass. The Dukes can weather one of those three having a bad night. When all three do it in two consecutive games, that’s called a losing streak.

County Game Links:

Box Score

Post Gazette

Tribune Review

Chronicling the Colonials

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