The Dukes put away the Mountaineers in their third meeting. The prior two games in the searies were decided by five total points. This time, the Dukes left no doubt, taking a 25 point lead to the half on the strength of some impressive runs in the first and holding serve in the second.
If you didn’t make it to the game due to the weather but had tickets, the ticket office is willing to exchange your tickets for a future game for free. Awfully nice of them considering the poor conditions this evening.
Lots to like about this game. Let’s have a look.
What I Liked
- Sharing the ball – eight Dukes had double-digit minutes, and all of those Dukes had at least one assist. Further, the Dukes had 22 assists on 29 made field goals. A lot of teamwork here.
- Defense – Duquesne held App State well below their average field goal rate. Some stellar defensive sets let to forced shots as shot clocks declined and at least one shot clock violation that I can recall.
- Sharing the love – 11 players got in this game, and no one played fewer than seven minutes.
- Shooting – Almost 47%, I’ll take.
- Rebounding – App State was one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country, and Duquesne had none of it. Overall, the Dukes out-rebounded them by 19.
What I Didn’t Like
- Free Throws – 60% as a team. On the other hand, Des was cold from the line – take away his four misses and the Dukes break 70%, a much more respectable number. That doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, and there are some improvements that have been made, but 60% isn’t quite enough.
- Second half turnovers – The Dukes took great care of the ball in the first half, but some sloppy passes
- Merely holding serve in the second half – The Dukes played evenly with App State in the second, but to be fair, Ferry was substituting liberally, getting younger guys some time and undoubtedly impacting some of the rhythm.
What I Hated
- The refs seemed to miss an elbow to the head of Isaiah Watkins. Boo.
The Dukes open Atlantic 10 play against Fordham next week but have one more non-conference game to go in the midst of A10 season against NJIT. So far, the Dukes are 7-5.