Fresh-faced Dukes show beginnings of identity in beating Loyola

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Duquesne's Jim Ferry. - GETTY

Jim Ferry made it clear in his opening statement that nothing about Friday's performance was optimal.

Duquesne's first regular-season game was an improvement over its exhibition game, a five-point losss to a Division II Mansfield team that isn't particularly good for Division II. The Dukes won their first game that matters, 65-60, over Loyola (Md.) on Friday night, but they had to hang on tight to pull out a victory over a Patriot League squad that finished 9-21 last season and won just one game outside of its bottom-third conference.