This one clearly went the way Jim Ferry drew it up. Spot the Hawks 37 points and pounce when they put in their walk ons.
Tonight’s road loss at St Joe’s will go down in great moments in betting history for the Dukes last second cover against St Joe’s deep reserves, but it won’t sit well with Duquesne fans. The Dukes got their lid blow off from the start and twitter went nuts. This one wasn’t even competitive in reality.
Learning Opportunities. At least the Dukes got some opportunities to give extended minutes to some freshman like Darius Lewis. I didn’t think any of the starters save for Micah Mason deserved to return to the game but I guess the bench can’t play fifteen straight minutes and Ferry didn’t want to leave Hawk Hill on a completely down note.
Everything in the first half. I literally could not believe what I saw. St Joe’s shooting was sick. The Dukes’ defense was terrible. They were throwing balls away like I haven’t seen in a long time. @LoomyG’s comment pretty much sums it up:
I feel like I'm watching the Washington Generals..
— Doug Simmons (@LommyG) January 16, 2014
The Moment I Knew I Was Over
Play of the Game
In one of the rare good Duquesne defensive possessions of the first half, Halil Kanasevic drills a long late shot clock three to reward the Dukes with more pain for their efforts.
Player of the Game
Credit Where It’s Due
You can have wide open shots, but to make better than 60% doesn’t come from simply terrible defense. St Joe’s played well early at both ends and stepped on the Dukes’ throat real hard.
Keep in mind, this is just the beginning of a deadly three game stretch in the Atlantic 10. It doesn’t get any easier for a little while. In reality, the Dukes aren’t as bad as they looked in the first half but they deserved to lose by more than nine. I haven’t entirely decided how I feel about the Dukes onslaught against the St Joe’s third team and walk ons but then again I think you could call pulling your starters with ten minutes left in the game disrespectful.