It feels odd typing it given my dismal outlook on this one, but the St Louis Billikens stole one on the road tonight at the AJ Palumbo Center 76 – 72. The Dukes had two great opportunities to retake the lead late on a pair of missed lay ups by the big guys Ovie Soko and Dominique McKoy. Unfortunately, they came up short.
The Offense. The Dukes were the first team to score more than 70 points and shoot 50% or better against St Louis. The Billikens haven’t allowed an opponent to score more than sixty points in a month.
If you thought that the Dukes offense looked different, it did. They used a handful of new sets in addition to their double high screen. The Dukes ran the plays with a lot of conviction and shared ball better than they have all year against a good opponent. Credit to the coaching staff. I don’t think St Louis had a clue what to expect.
Late finishing. It didn’t feel like Dominique McKoy could miss today. I won’t peg the loss on him but he missed at the worst time. FT shooting sagged down the stretch as well.
The Moment I Knew I Was Over
Play of the Game
Austin McBroom’s three pointer with 50 seconds left. Nice play all around making the extra pass to find the open shot.
Player of the Game
Credit Where It’s Due
I’m mostly done with moral victories but this one was at least closer than I thought it could be. The Dukes really let it get away and that stings. Still, they may played their best game of the year against the best opponent they’ll face and gave themselves a chance to win. I don’t care who you are, the road is a tough place in the A-10. Just ask UMass.
While this may not have been the best game the Dukes have played under Ferry, it was the best coaching job he has done since he arrived. From the game plan to the final play, I though Ferry coached almost flawlessly. Too bad it still wasn’t enough.