Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes' Rallies Come Up Short Saint Joseph's Hangs on for A-10 Victory St. Joseph's 74 Duquesne 66

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes' Rallies Come Up Short Saint Joseph's Hangs on for A-10 Victory St. Joseph's 74 Duquesne 66

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Maybe in a year or two -- or perhaps a month from now -- the Duquesne Dukes will find a way to win a game like the one they lost Saturday night against Saint Joseph's.

But experience is sometimes the only teacher for a young team, and the difference in experience between the Hawks, a veteran team picked by many to win the Atlantic 10, and Duquesne showed up plenty of times down the stretch of the Hawks' 74-66 victory at Palumbo Center.

That's because Duquesne had plenty of late chances to make a run and take the lead, but every time it had such an opportunity -- including a 51-51 tie with 9:35 left -- the Hawks showed poise and made a big shot or big play to regain or maintain their lead.

The Hawks never trailed, something coach Phil Martelli said was a welcome change.

"The improvement that we need to see is still not there, and we have a lot of work to do," Martelli said. "We are halfway through this season and we haven't improved. There are some things we did tonight that we have to do better, but we also did some did some things we haven't done before.

"We got some buckets off the bench, we hadn't seen that, and we never trailed, which is something we hadn't done when you consider we had second-half leads in four of our five losses, and we need to continue that.

"The bottom line, though, is we are older [than Duquesne]."

Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said the experience difference was a factor, but he refused to use it as an excuse. Instead, he explained, the Dukes had opportunities to come from behind and win but failed to make the necessary plays.

He said the Dukes effort -- evidenced by the fact they were in the game until the end and outrebounded the bigger Hawks by 14 rebounds (47-33) -- was outstanding, particularly on defense. Now, he added, they need to learn how to execute better down the stretch.

He pointed to a sequence that began with the Dukes trailing, 63- 60, with 4:38 left. Derrick Colter stole the ball, but the Dukes turned it over. …

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