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December 12, 2012

Duquesne rallies past W. Virginia

PITTSBURGH — First-year Duquesne coach Jim Ferry keeps looking for signs his players are buying into his rebounding-centric, defensive-first system.

Consider the search over.

Jeremiah Jones scored 16 points and Derrick Colter added 12 points and seven assists and the Dukes rallied past West Virginia 60-56 on Tuesday night.

Duquesne (6-4) trailed by 13 at the half but Ferry stressed to his roster dotted with newcomers not to abandon the gameplan the coaching staff put together, one predicated on getting stops at one end before worrying about the offense later.

“We told ‘em we’re not going to hit a 13-point shot to start the second half,” Ferry said. “We’re going to have to grind this out. It really came down to us defending the way we’re supposed to defend.”

Having the Mountaineers go ice cold helped. West Virginia (4-4) shot just 28 percent (9 of 32) in the second half while losing to the Dukes for the first time since 2003.

Juwan Staten led the Mountaineers with 13 points and Gary Browne and Matt Humphrey added 10 points each, but West Virginia saw its three-game winning streak end during a miserable 20 minutes in which it couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm of any variety.

“It’s my fault and I’ll fix it,” coach Bob Huggins said. “I’m the one that’s supposed to coach ‘em. I’m the one that recruited ‘em.”

The loss marred a homecoming of sorts for former Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, who was let go last spring following a power struggle within the program that led to a number of high-profile players transferring.

Jones admitted it was “weird” seeing Everhart on the visiting bench at Consol Energy Center but that “it’s a business.”

The Dukes were certainly all business on the glass. Despite giving away size at nearly every position, Duquesne outrebounded the Mountaineers 43-39 and outscored West Virginia in the paint 36-20.

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