Duquesne men's basketball team loses to Georgetown

| Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, 8:44 p.m.

WASHINGTON — After the Duquesne men's basketball team lost a 61-55 game at Georgetown on Sunday, dropping the Dukes to 0-2 for the first time in six years, Duquesne freshman point guard Derrick Colter was asked about his first college game.

“Versus Albany?” a confused Colter asked.

No, but the Dukes certainly look like they don't have much experience behind them.

Because they don't.

First-year coach Jim Ferry's young team challenged Georgetown, but Duquesne had more downs (ceding an 8-0 run midway through the second half) than ups (a late 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 56-53 with 31 seconds left). Take Colter, who had seven points and five assists but also five turnovers.

“It's like that in practice, too,” Ferry said. “He has a good minute and a bad minute, and that's a freshman. Fast forward this, and we're going to see what Derrick Colter is going to be in four years. I think he's going to be a pretty good basketball player.”

Colter, who grew up in nearby Forestville, Md., had the added pressure Sunday of playing in what he called “sweet home.”

“You're starting a freshman in the second game of his career, a local kid playing against Georgetown — how about that night?” Ferry said of Colter, whose high school coach sat behind the Duquesne bench.

Ferry was also impressed with the play of Sean Johnson, who led the Dukes with 21 points and eight rebounds.

“I really challenged Sean after our trip up to Albany,” Ferry said. “I didn't think Sean played very well. I thought our freshmen played better than our upperclassmen.”

Jerry Jones added 10 points and eight rebounds, and the Detroit native made a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to bring the Dukes within three points.

Still, Duquesne shot just 35.6 percent and had 16 turnovers.

“It's hard,” Ferry said. “It's a total adjustment, because everything's different.”

Dan Feldman is a freelance writer.

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