Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Late Run Hands Dukes 7th Loss in Row Saint Louis 73, Duquesne 64

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Late Run Hands Dukes 7th Loss in Row Saint Louis 73, Duquesne 64

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The Duquesne men's basketball team was pounded Saturday night by VCU and as a result, Dukes coach Jim Ferry challenged his players to show some character and respond with a great effort Wednesday night against Saint Louis.

And while the Dukes didn't beat the Billikens -- Saint Louis won, 73-64, before a crowd of 2,702 at the A.J. Palumbo Center -- they certainly didn't embarrass themselves as they battled in a back-and- forth game until the Billikens pulled away with a late run for an Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Dukes (7-12, 0-5) and Billikens were tied at 55-55 after Queyvn Winters hit a 3-pointer with 4:26 to play.

But the Billikens' Cody Ellis made a jumper, then Kwamain Mitchell hit a layup and that seemed to spark Saint Louis.

St. Louis went on a 14-1 run and, by the time Jorair Jett hit two free throws with 1:13 to play, the Billikens led, 59-46, putting the game out of reach.

"This was a tough loss ... it is really our job as coaches to pick them up," Ferry said. "After getting totally overwhelmed Saturday by VCU, we challenged them and wanted to see how they responded, and I thought they showed some character against what I think is a very good Saint Louis team.

"But I thought we fouled too much and, we again, had too many empty possessions. I told them before the game if we outrebound them we will give ourselves a chance to win. And again at halftime I told them if we outrebound them by just one in the second half. But give Saint Louis credit, they made the plays at the end and give them credit for locking things down defensively when they needed to."

The Dukes fought hard with the Billikens under the boards -- they were only outrebounded, 40-36 -- but the Dukes sent the Billikens to the free-throw line 39 times.

To make matters worse, Saint Louis made 28 free throws, 19 more than the Dukes.

That deficit was far too much for the Dukes to overcome according to Ferry and he said it shows why free throws are such a critical part of the game. …

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