Cold shooting night denies Dukes at No. 2 Kentucky


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Coach Jim Ferry's team fell to 2-3 with a loss to Kentucky Sunday. — MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Duquesne's men's basketball team shot just 30 percent from the field and scored only 27 first-half points in a lopsided 93-59 loss at the hands of No. 2 Kentucky in the Bluegrass Showcase Sunday night.

The Wildcats (4-0) dominated the Dukes (2-3) in just about every category on the stat sheet. Duquesne was out-rebounded 49-37, lost the assist battle 19-7 and turned the ball over 18 times to just 11 for Kentucky. The Wildcats shot 46 percent and made just 7 of 26 3-point shots, but the Dukes couldn't get anything going thanks to strong defense from Kentucky, which blocked 10 shots and forced 11 steals. The Dukes did, however, make 20 of 22 free throws, an aspect Jim Ferry wanted to clean up after Friday's performance at home.

Emile Blackman once again led the Dukes with 13 points while Tarin Smith joined him in double figures with 10 points. Freshman Isiaha Mike couldn't follow up a solid performance against Canisius and scored just seven points and turned the ball over four times in 33 minutes. Mike made just 1 of 10 shots from the field. Eleven Wildcats scored and five scored double digits, led by De'Aaron Fox with 16.

Duquense continues play in the Bluegrass Showcase at home against Tennessee-Martin (3-1) Wednesday.

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