Plenty of blame after buzzer-beating loss for Dukes


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Emile Blackman scored 12 of the Dukes' first 19 points to open the second half Wednesday. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jim Ferry can blame this 2-4 start for his Duquesne basketball team on youth and inexperience, but Emile Blackman won't have any of that.

Following the second-straight buzzer-beating loss at the Palumbo Center — this time a 66-63 setback at the hands of Tennessee-Martin — the first graduate transfer in program history put it all on his shoulders.

"I think we just went away from what was working. I think that’ll (be fixed) with experience. We’ve got a lot of younger guys on the floor late in the game and we’ve got to execute and do the things that got us up in the first half and had us with the lead in the second half," Blackman said of what caused his Dukes to squander a 16-point lead in the game's final 13:31. "We moved the ball really well. Then in the second half — myself is probably glaring — we just stopped moving it. I think what I was doing was that I wasn’t passing it and moving it. It started with me and it became a trend. I take full responsibility for that."

Tough words for the guy who scored 12 of Duquesne's first 19 points in opening up that 16-point lead in the second half. But as good as Blackman was in the first 33:31 of Wednesday's loss, he was equally as bad in the final moments, making just three of eight shots and missing the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity at the foul line with 28 seconds left.

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