Duquesne 74, Carnegie Mellon 48: Erratic Dukes struggle in debut
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Duquesne knocked off Division III Carnegie Mellon, 74-48, in an exhibition Thursday night, but it wasn't pretty and offered little certainty about what lineup first year coach Jim Ferry will rely on when the regular season begins.
Duquesne used multiple runs to take a 39-18 lead by halftime, then opened the second half on a 10-0 run to pull away further, but the Dukes turned the ball over 19 times and gave up 12 points on turnovers.
"It's really early and it's really ugly and it's a process," said Ferry. "I thought we did a couple things well in regards to our philosophy and regards to rebounding the basketball.
"I thought we did a horrendous job of taking care of the basketball. Didn't think we played well offensively as well. It was good. We needed this ... it's good we got exposed. Some of our weaknesses got exposed."
Ferry changed the lineup frequently after starting sophomore transfer Marvin Binney at point guard along with Sean Johnson, Jerry Jones, Kadeem Pantophlet and Andre Marhold.
Freshman Derrick Colter replaced Binney to start the second half.
At one point, he had both on the court at the same time, with Colter as the point guard and Binney as the two guard.
Every player got court time, including three walk-ons.
"[That was] really important. I think it was more important for me than it was for the kids," said Ferry. "I need to see different lineups. I need to see different guys playing together. That's why we kept rolling guys in and out."
Ferry said he wasn't impressed by the ball handling of Binney or Colter and likened their performance to watching them "dribbling a football."
"I thought they played very much like new basketball players," said Ferry. "[We've] got some young guys, got to work on it and keep getting better."
The Dukes got 11 points from Pantophlet and 10 apiece from seniors Johnson and Marhold.
A defensive bright spot came in the first half when the Tartans missed 12 consecutive field goals at one point.
"I felt like was a learning experience for everyone, playing a different team, seeing different things we need to work on," said Johnson. "Our defense wasn't so good at first. We picked it up and went on a good run."
Rebounding was a strength, with the Dukes nabbing 33 by halftime, and 56 overall. Carnegie Mellon finished with 34.
NOTES -- Freshman guard April Robinson led the Duquesne women with 15 points as her team started the night with a 72-52 win against California University of Pennsylvania. ... Ferry's family is on Long Island without power after superstorm Sandy, but he said they were fortunate to have fared better than many and have a generator on the way.
First Published November 2, 2012 12:00 am