try watching the Dukes lose a game to La Salle. The worst part about this game was that Duquesne simply got outplayed by La Salle. The Dukes were down by as many as 14 points in the 2nd half, they fought back on a number of occasions when they were down by double digits but they could never hold onto the lead.
Darnell Harris, who couldn't hit a shot to save his life in the first half, came alive in the second half and helped lead the Explorers to victory. At one point late in the game Harris scored 8 consecutive points for La Salle.
I was impressed by the play of two young Explorers, 6'5 So. Ruben Guillandeaux, and 6'8 Fr. Jerrell Williams. Guillandeaux, who scored 17 points today, played with a lot of moxy for a sophomore, and made a few big shots for La Salle in clutch situations. Williams has the makings of a solid A10 post player if he continues to develop.
The Dukes have now lost in their second game against Fordham, St. Bonaventure, and La Salle this year. The word is out, the Dukes' offense struggles against the zone and Duquesne can't shoot the three ball. As bad as Duquesne played today they had a shot to tie it at the buzzer, an open 3 pointer from Bill Clark was off badly when the whistle sounded.
Kudos to Gary Tucker who helped keep the Dukes in the game with a career high 23 points. Tuck hit big threes in the first half and generally played with a lot of enthusiasm.
The Dukes have now lost 3 in a row, 2 of which were at home. Is this year's Duquesne team going to fall apart down the stretch like last year's team?
The famous Nellie King was honored at the Duquesne game today. King got a standing ovation from the Duquesne faithful.