“We got drilled,” Huggins said.
It’s the way Ferry won games while leading LIU-Brooklyn to consecutive Northeast Conference titles in 2010 and 2011. It’s the way he expects the Dukes — picked to finish last in the Atlantic 10 this season — to play if they want to become one of the better mid-major programs in the country.
Those days are still a ways off, but Duquesne displayed some tenacity in the second half behind freshmen Jones and Colter.
The duo scored the Dukes’ last 15 points to cap a rally that made up for in effectiveness what it lacked in speed. Duquesne kept chipping away until Jones hit a traditional three-point play that put the Dukes up 50-49.
The teams traded baskets for a couple of minutes before a jumper by Colter with 2:02 left put the Dukes up to stay. Colter added a difficult reverse layup on the next trip to put Duquesne ahead 59-53.
West Virginia’s best chance came in the final seconds. Humphrey hit a 3 to get within 59-56 and Duquesne’s Sean Johnson missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Humphrey, however, missed a long 3-pointer and Browne was fouled trying to go for the rebound with 11 seconds remaining.
Browne missed the first free throw, then intentionally missed the second. The ball, however, didn’t hit the rim, giving possession to Duquesne. Colter was fouled on the ensuing inbounds and made one free throw to clinch it.