Duquesne Dukes Lose Sixth Consecutive Contest


Jordan Stevens and the Duquesne Dukes lost at Richmond 86-55 Wednesday. Photo courtesy Stephen Pope

Duquesne Dukes men’s basketball coach Jim Ferry said that it took one game to pull out of its losing streak, however it is doubtful he had this outcome in mind. The Dukes men’s fell to the Richmond Spiders 86-55 Wednesday to extend its losing streak to six games.

Duquesne (6-13, 1-7 Atlantic 10) was led by guard Derrick Colter‘s nine points. Richmond (11-9, 4-3 Atlantic 10) was led by ShawnDre’ Jones who had 27 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Also making contributions were guard Kendall Anthony (16 points) and Terry Allen (11 points). The Spiders out-rebounded the Dukes by 10 and also had 10 more assists.

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Richmond is now 18-1 against Duquesne since joining the Atlantic 10 with the Dukes last winning a road contest between the teams on Dec. 20, 1993. This also was the first time Duquesne did not have a double digit scorer since Nov. 20, 2012 against North Dakota State.

The Dukes trailed 49-27 at half and Jones was a key part of this scoring 18 points. Richmond shot 60.7 percent from the field in the first half and was 9-17 on its three point shots. Additionally, the Spiders had 17 points off turnovers and contributed 13 assists on its 17 first half baskets.

Richmond led by as many as 33 points in the second half and scored an additional 12 points off turnovers in the final 20 minutes.


Up next for Duquesne is a home contest Saturday against George Mason. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 pm.

My take: At the time of this writing, George Mason is 6-12 overall and 1-5 in the Atlantic 10. This is a very winnable game for Duquesne and one that is a must win. The Dukes need to stop the bleeding and trust the process. After a couple of close calls, these past two losses to George Washington and Richmond have not been pretty. Duquesne is a better team than its shown itself to be recently. There are still plenty of problems to correct which include shooting lulls, finishing games and playing a full 40 minute game, but the team needs to dig in and work to correct these issues to the best of their ability.

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