#24 GW Tops Duquesne, 81-57
Jan. 8, 2005
George Washington hit its first seven shots of the game in jumping out to a 17-11 lead and was never threatened the rest of the way in a dominating 81-57 win over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center.
The Colonials, who came into the game ranked No. 24 by the Associated Press, played a near-perfect first half in building a 50-31 lead. T.J. Thompson scored 14 of his 17 points - including all four of his 3-point attempts - in the opening 20 minutes as GW hit 20-of-28 shots from the field. The Colonials threw down six of their nine dunks before intermission.
Duquesne, which was led by Bryant McAllister's 19 points, managed to cut the George Washington lead to 15 at 61-46 with 8:17 left before GW answered with an 18-6 run to erase any Dukes' comeback hopes.
Mike Hall led the Colonials with 19 points. J.R. Pinnock added 15. Carl Elliott finished with a game-high 11 assists and George Washington assisted on 26 of 30 field goals.
Kieron Achara was the only other Duquesne player to reach double digits with 12.
GW finished the game shooting 56.6 percent from the field, while Duquesne, which shot 4,5.5. percent, struggled from the 3-point arc hitting just 5-of-18 including 1-of-10 in the second half.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "Last year when I saw Saint Joseph's I felt that `these guys were really good' that they were going to do something. I feel the same way about George Washington. They are a very, very good basketball team. I think nationally they are underrated. They have a chance to do something special the rest of the year. Their quickness up the floor, their intensity, their rebounding ... they've got a nice team. They have an opportunity to play very long into March. "They played almost a perfect first half. In the first half, the knockout was delivered. Then they toyed with us in the second half. It is so tough to simulate a team with their talent in practice. I think our young players can learn a lot from a game like this."
Duquesne guard Bryant McAllister: "George Washington is the best team in our league. They play hard. They take you out of your sets. They get you out of whack. I think in the first half we gave up 10 points on transition layups. Against them you have to do everything right. They took us out of our sets and stopped ball reversal. A few guys were like `what do I do now?' But no one has their head down. We will use this game to learn."
Duquesne center Kieron Achara: "They were able to get us out of our plays. It was sort of like playground basketball. They are the most athletic team I've ever played against. They run the floor well and jump out of the gym."