Dukes Fall Short in 69-66 Loss at Albany
Nov. 9, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. - Duquesne rallied from a nine-point second half deficit only to see Derrick Colter's desperation 3-pointer glance off the front rim as time expired enabling Albany to defeat the Dukes 69-66 at SECFU Center.
Colter led the Dukes with a game-high 17 points and fellow freshman Quevyn Winters went 6-of-9 from the field in adding 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Mike Black and John Puk led Albany with 15 and 14 points respectively.
"It was an early-season, ugly basketball game," said Duquesne first-year coach Jim Ferry. "I thought it came down to them outscrapping us late in the game. Every time we made a defensive mistake, they made us pay for it. Its very early and we have a lot of work to do."
Duquesne, which trailed 37-34 at the half, fell behind by nine when Sam Rowley scored on a layup to make it 44-35 with 16:13 left.
The Dukes it cut to 51-50 on a Winters 3-pointer followed by a Jerry Jones layup and took their first lead since the 14 minute mark of the first half on a Winters jumper that made it 52-51 at the 8:33 mark.
There were four ties and six lead changes until Black, a senior 1,000-point scorer, answered a Colter 3-pointer with one of his own to give the Great Danes a 67-65 lead with 2:14 left.
Colter was whistled for a travel, setting up a Puk dunk with 47 seconds left. Colter hit one of two free throws 10 seconds later to make it 69-66. Andre Marhold, who blocked a career high five shots, rebounded a Jacob Iati miss and the Dukes called timeout with 3.4 seconds left.
Colter caught the inbound pass in the DU backcourt and dribbled to the right side of the top of the key before letting go a contested 27-foot 3-pointer at the final horn.
"We had a decent look," said Ferry. "It wasn't a great look."
Albany led for the final 14 minutes of a frantic first half that ended with the Great Danes holding a 37-34 lead. Twenty-one players - 10 for Duquesne and 11 for Albany - saw action in the opening 20 minutes. Colter and Winters, who hit a pair of 3-pointers in the last 2:38, scored eight points each as true freshmen accounted for 21 of Duquesne's first half points.
Duquesne shot 37.9 percent for the game, including 7-of-28 from the 3-point arc. Albany connected on 45.9 percent of its shots. The Dukes outrebounded the Great Danes 39-35. but went just 15-of-23 from the foul line. Freshmen accounted for 40 of DU's 66 points.
"We didn't turn the ball over that much and we outrebounded them which are positives," said Ferry. "I just didn't think we guarded very well. Our shot selection in the first half was poor. We rushed shots. I thought in the second half we passed up some good looks at the basket.
"We got 23 free throws and held them to seven, that's something we work on all the time. But you can't leave all of those missed free throws on the line and expect to win on the road."
Duquesne, which is opening with back-to-back road games for the first time since 1990-91, will travel directly to Washington, D.C. for Sunday's Legends Classic First Round game at Georgetown (6:30 p.m. ET). The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
Duquesne is now 80-17 in season-opening games (4-8 on the road).
True freshman Derrick Colter, who started at point guard, scored 17 points ... the 17 points were the most by a freshman in a season opener since Scott Grote had 23 against Youngstown State on Nov. 13, 2006.
True freshmen Derrick Colter (17), Quevyn Winters (15) and Jeremiah Jones (8) accounted for 40 of Duquesne's 66 points ... Winters, who went 6-of-9 from the field - including 3-of-6 from 3-point - scored his 15 points in 19 minutes.
With his career-high 5 blocks, Andre Marhold moved into the seventh spot on DU's career blocked shot list with 62 ... he needs one to pass No. 6 Effrem Whitehead (63 from 1991-94).
Ten Dukes saw action in the game's first 8:30 ... DU's first five field goals came from five different players.