Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Fall Again in Heartbreaker Buzzer-Beating 3-Pointer Lifts Skyhawks to Comeback Victory Tennessee- Martin 66, Duquesne 63

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dukes Fall Again in Heartbreaker Buzzer-Beating 3-Pointer Lifts Skyhawks to Comeback Victory Tennessee- Martin 66, Duquesne 63

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Just when it seemed Duquesne might be in for a nice, relaxing, needed victory, it simply wasn't to be.

A slew of turnovers. A dearth of rebounding. A scoreless drought for the final 4:54. Oh, and of course there was the buzzer-beating 3-pointer that sent Duquesne to a 66-63 loss to Tennessee-Martin after leading by 16 points Wednesday night at Palumbo Center.

Jacolby Mobley took an inbound pass with 3.3 seconds left, got away with what might have been a push-off, stepped back and drained a 3 as the buzzer sounded to hand the Dukes a third consecutive loss - and the second heartbreaking one at home in less than a week after a 78-77 loss to Canisius on a buzzer-beater Friday night.

"I think it's very frustrating, for everybody," said coach Jim Ferry.

The two gut-wrenching finishes were sandwiched around a 93-59 drubbing at top-ranked Kentucky in which Duquesne was simply overmatched, but this one was another that the Dukes (2-4) could have and should have won.

They held a 52-36 lead with 13:52 to play, and it seemed they could coast into Thanksgiving with their third win and a .500 record. Instead, they had seven turnovers the rest of the way, missed 14 of their final 15 field-goal attempts and finished the game with a 49-38 rebounding deficit.

All of that adds up to plenty of frustration.

"There's a lot," said point guard Tarin Smith. "I think we're improving on some things, but obviously we're not finishing the games properly. I thought we started out strong this game, which we haven't been doing, but we've just got to finish the game."

Smith was guarding Mobley on the final play, and while it looked like Mobley might have gotten away with an offensive foul to create the bit of space he needed, there was no whistle to give the Dukes a second chance in overtime.

"I knew he was getting the ball, I knew he was driving hard left," Smith said. …

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