Duquesne falls at Massachusetts
College Football Videos
AMHERST, Mass. — It was a matter of energy, and the Duquesne men's basketball team just didn't have anything left in the final seven minutes against the University of Massachusetts.
Despite a career-high 29 points from senior guard Sean Johnson, the Dukes dropped their fifth straight game, 79-66, on Thursday night.
The Dukes (7-10, 0-3 Atlantic 10) burned a lot of energy to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit, riding the hot hand of Johnson to get within three of the Minutemen (12-4, 2-1). But in the final seven minutes, the Dukes could muster only one more field goal as the Minutemen pulled away.
“It looks like we ran out of steam, playing these young guys and using a lot of energy to come back,'' Dukes coach Jim Ferry said. “... And their length really bothered us late, whether it was bothering shots or keeping them off the glass.”
A poor first half put the Dukes behind, but Johnson, one of just two seniors on the Duquesne roster, carried his team back into the contest.
“I was just feeling it, you know?” Johnson, who scored 18 of his points in the second half, said. “I hit one 3 coming into the second half, but I hit another and I was just feeling it.”
In about a six-minute span, Johnson scored 16 points, including jumpers, 3-pointers, drives to the rim and foul shots. He even had a rare four-point play.
Johnson's final points came on a steal and layup with 10:16 left that made it 59-54. And while his teammates made a few plays over the next three minutes to keep the Dukes in the contest, it was far from enough to catch the Minutemen and their leader, Chaz Williams.
Williams finished with 22 points and nine assists.
The end for the Dukes came not at the hands of Williams but mainly from Terrell Vinson (17 points) and Freddie Riley (12). After Derrick Colter (14 points) scored on a drive to make it 65-62, Vinson and Riley worked to undo the comeback.
Vinson banked in a jumper, then a quick outlet on a defensive rebound to Riley saw him pull up on the fastbreak and make a 3-pointer with 6:14 left to give UMass a 70-62 lead.
“That was huge. We called a timeout right after that,” Ferry said. “We used so much energy getting back, and they're great in conversion. That was a big 3. If he misses that, the game could still be intact.”
Jeffrey Thomas is a freelance writer
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.