Dec 7, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Saint Joseph

Duquesne @ St Joe's - We Had Them All The Way

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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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:

The Ugly

See above.

The Moment I Knew I Was Over

When you find yourself down twenty with over nine minutes left in the first and you only have nine points to you name, you can pretty much call it.

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

Langston Galloway. The kid just didn’t miss and single – handedly outscored the Dukes in the first half. He finished four short of his career high, but he’ll remember this one for a long time.

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.

Parting Thoughts

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.

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