Not much to see here with Duquesne tonight.
The Dukes lost to North Dakota State, 57-43, and the game came down to the first five minutes when the Bison hit a few shots and the Dukes fell behind, 9-0. At that point Duquesne started pressing a little bit and settled for some bad shots and the hole got worse.
North Dakota State is a very disciplined team, they really, really handled the ball and were patient and found the open man and against a team like that, it is tough to get into a hole and climb out of it because they are just not going to turn the ball over a bunch or take bad shots and waste possessions.
The most disappointing thing, though, was that Duquesne forgot who it is and what has helped it stay in games and that is sharing the ball and taking good shots. I thought the Dukes got very selfish - and Jim Ferry even said as much - once they got down and took a lot of bad shots and did a lot of one-on-one stuff and as a result they just never were able to get back into the game.
I do think that they did some nice things with their zone pressure and they were able to get a few extra possessions from it but then they wasted those possessions with bad shots.
The Dukes are learning how to play and learning how to be consistent and that is a process that just takes time.
Ferry made it clear that the way they played tonight is not acceptable and he will take them back to film room and show them the mistakes they made and more importantly the places that their shot selection left a lot to be desired.
Here is the money quote from Ferry....
“We got completely outplayed and outworked in every aspect of this game to a better team,” Ferry said. “They were better than us at every position, including coaching. We have to come out ready to play and be aggressive and tonight we were flat and extremely selfish. You can’t score 90 one night then come back the next night, at home, and score 43 and shoot 27 percent.
“Maybe we got down so far that guys started to try and do it by themselves and our shot selection was very poor and we had guys looking to make a 10-point shot instead of playing the game the right way, grinding away, grinding their lead down.
“And it was every player tonight, which is why I was just shuffling guys through because this is not acceptable. We have to learn from this and learn from it quickly as we play a very good Youngstown State team [Wednesday].”
Not much more for me to add to that.
Next up is Youngstown State Wednesday night and hopefully we have some more to talk about than what tonight's game left us with.
Chalk it up to a rough night at the office for the Dukes.