CLEVELAND – Plagued by a dreadful start to the game, the Duquesne Dukes lost their second straight game Sunday afternoon to the Marshall Thundering Herd, 83-61.
After starting the season a stellar 10-0, the Dukes have now dropped two consecutive contests heading into the new year. Sunday’s loss to Marshall happened much the same way as the loss to UAB with the opposition shooting well from the floor and Duquesne being unable to connect from long range.
Against the Blazers last Sunday, the Dukes were only 5-27 (18.5%) from beyond the arc and against Marshall Sunday they were only 3-16 (18.8%). The Blazers shot 24-45 (53.3%) against the Dukes and Marshall shot a similar 35-68 (51.5%). Before last week’s loss, Duquesne was holding opponents to just 39.5% shooting.
The game started close, with Marshall only holding an 8-7 lead five minutes in, but an 11-0 run ballooned the Thundering Herd’s lead to 12 at the second media timeout. The Dukes would get the game as close as five but could never close the gap. Marshall eventually pulled away in the second half to win the game 83-61.
Jerrod West and Darius George led the way for Marshall, scoring 22 and 19 points, respectively.
Marcus Weathers was the lone bright spot for the Dukes, scoring 25 points on 10-14 shooting and grabbing 13 rebounds. Michael Hughes also scored 15 points on 6-19 shooting for Duquesne.
The Dukes will look to get back to their winning ways in their Atlantic 10 opener against Saint Louis on Thursday, Jan. 2. Tip-off from Moon Township is set for 7 p.m.