Dayton hands Dukes worst loss under Ferry, 90-53

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Isiaha Mike scored 12 points Saturday. — DKPS / FILE

Two big first-half runs put Duquesne in a substantial hole early on, leaving the Dukes to be dealt a 90-53 loss to Dayton inside UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio Saturday afternoon. The 37-point loss is the worst defeat for Duquesne in Jim Ferry's five years at the helm, topping the 34-point loss to then-No. 2 Kentucky earlier this season.

Duquesne's 53 points are a season-low, dipping below the 57 that Ferry's team scored against Dayton at PPG Paints Arena last month.

With the loss, Duquesne falls to 9-15 overall and to 2-9 in the Atlantic 10. The Dukes are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, which is the third-longest of Ferry's career at Duquesne. The Dukes lost 11 in a row during Ferry's first season in 2012-13 and lost eight in a row in February of last season. Duquesne must follow this skid with a seven-game winning streak to close the regular season with a winning record, which would be the first time Ferry would accomplish the feat in his five years at the helm.