Colonials pull off inside job to beat Duquesne

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Perhaps somebody in Duquesne's administration wanted to show some mercy for fans who have endured many lean years of basketball by allowing he sale of beer at Palumbo Center for Dukes games.

Wednesday was the first time for the beer sales at the concessions stands, and the timing could not have been better.

That's because the Dukes had by far their worst performance of the season and were pounded literally and figuratively by George Washington in a 79-57 loss before a crowd of 2,960. It was the Dukes' 10th consecutive loss, fourth loss in a row at home and eighth in a row in Atlantic 10 games.

But it was different in another striking way from the others. This time, the Dukes were not competitive.

Two statistics told the tale. The Colonials (11-10, 5-3) outrebounded the Dukes, 47-27, and had a 44-14 edge in inside points.

The Colonials were bigger than Duquesne, but the wide margins pointed to the fact that the Dukes were outworked.

And that left coach Jim Ferry fuming.

"This was our worst game that we have played all year," he said. "We got annihilated on the glass, we got out-toughed in every aspect of the game, we lost every 50/50 ball. Thank goodness we have two freshmen who have heart and played really, really hard. If we can get some of the upper classmen to compete like that, this stuff wouldn't happened.

"I'm embarrassed by this. I apologize to the fans of Duquesne that they had to see something like that. I have never had a team play like that before, so it must be my fault.

"This was very unacceptable; we have to compete better than this."

The two freshmen were point guard Derrick Colter, who scored 18 points and dished six assists, and Jeremiah Jones, who scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds.

Jones said that the story of the game was simple -- the Dukes weren't tough enough.

"I wouldn't say so. I mean, every team is bigger than us, and we have rebounded," Jones said of George Washington's size being the reason for the huge rebounding advantage. "We just have to be tough; this was all about toughness, size has something to do with it. But we still can outrebound these teams if we believe in our philosophy, but we also have to get tougher."

Ferry's frustration was easy to understand as he has worked extremely hard to get the Dukes to play tougher and rebound better. Early in the season, they were good on the boards, but they have fallen back to their old habits. They were outrebounded by 7.5 rebounds per game last season, and the lack of rebounding has been a big part of this losing streak.

Ferry pointed out that the Dukes were pushed around by the Colonials and never offered much of a fight.

He was particularly annoyed with his post players, especially senior center Andre Marhold, supposedly one of the leaders.

"Andre Marhold hasn't given us anything in a long time," Ferry said explaining why he has gone from starter to a reserve who played six minutes.

"People talk about playing two of them together; heck, I'm trying to find one."

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Paul Zeise: Pzeise@post-gazette.com and Twitter: @paulzeise.


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