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Dukes drop seventh in a row, falling to Richmond 83-67

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Derrick Colter scored 20 points but Richmond forwards Terry Allen and TJ Cline combined for 48 to lead the Spiders over Duquesne 83-67, sending the Dukes to their seventh straight loss.

Duquesne’s senior night was not a happy one, as the Dukes’ month-long losing streak was extended to seven games.

“I think we just got beat by a better team today,” head coach Jim Ferry said. “...for the first time all year, I felt like, as a team, we couldn’t guard.”

Duquesne (15-14, 5-11) recognized their four seniors before the game: Micah Mason, Derrick Colter, Jeremiah Jones and Nick Foschia. Colter ended his night with 20 points and Mason had 15. Jones didn’t play due to a season-ending injury suffered in December, and Foschia entered with two minutes to go, but missed his only shot.

Colter started out hot, hitting a pair of shots from beyond the arc and picking up a dime in the first five minutes, but Richmond (15-13, 7-9) was in control throughout most of the first half. Behind 11 points by T.J. Cline, the Spiders were up 42-32 at the midway point.

Duquesne pulled to within four after with 14 minutes to go after Colter took Mason’s dime and hit a three, but the Dukes would not score another field goal for five and half minutes.

“It was a little bit of shots not falling...and they (took) us out of rhythm,” Mason said.

The Spiders were in control from there, and Trey Allen’s 16 point second half (25 total) made sure the Dukes were down double-digits the last 11 minutes.

The loss ends a winless February for the Dukes, a month in which they blew three double-digit second half leads and lost either in overtime or by four or less points four times. With only two games remaining in the regular season before the Atlantic 10 tournament, Duquesne does not have momentum behind them. Ferry and Colter aren’t satisfied with where they are now, and Colter says there is work that still needs to be done.

“We’re going to keep grinding, keep working,” Colter said. “We can’t cry about the loss. We have to keep getting better.

ON DECK:
Duquesne will play their last regular season home game Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Fordham. This is the only time Duquesne and Fordham will play this season.

NUMBERS:
1. Mason and Colter were a combined 9-9 at the line. The rest of the Dukes were 4-14.

2. Derrick Colter extended his school record for most career games played to 120.

3. Foschia played in his 26th career game, but still does not have any points.

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