@DuqMBB Comeback Falls Short
Rene Castro scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half to lead the Dukes' comeback.
Jan. 18, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rene Castro's 3-point attempt glanced off the rim at the final horn, as George Washington survived a valiant Duquesne comeback to defeat the Dukes, 65-63, at Smith Center.

Castro scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half to lead the Duquesne charge. Mike Lewis II and Emile Blackman added 11 points each for DU, which trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and by 14 with just over 16 minutes remaining.

GW's Yuta Watanabe led all scorers with 15 points. Jaren Sina added 14 for the Colonials.

The Dukes fought all the way back to tie it at 56-56 on a Tarin Smith pull-up jumper with 4:24 left.

DU was down three when Isiaha Mike blocked a Sina 3-point attempt near the end of the shot clock. The ball fell back to Sina who launched it at the basket at the buzzer. The shot fell, giving GW a 63-57 lead with 37 seconds left.

Duquesne, which held GW to 27 second-half points, got a pair of stops, the second of which was followed by a deep 3-pointer from Castro, that made it a three-point game with 27 seconds left.

GW's Tyler Cavanaugh, who finished with 11 points, missed the front end of a one-and-one and Castro drove the length of the court to make it 63-62 with 14 seconds to go.

Sina then hit a pair of free throws and Castro followed by hitting one to make it a two-point game with seven seconds left.

Cavanaugh missed another one-and-one with five seconds remaining to set up Castro's final shot from the right wing, in front of the Duquesne bench.

GW hit five 3-pointers - including four in the first five minutes - in jumping out to a 17-6 lead. The Colonials, who entered the game averaging 7.8 3-pointers per game, made eight before Blackman hit the Dukes' first 3-pointer with 1:34 left in the half.

The Colonials, who went 8-of-17 from the arc in the opening 20 minutes, led 38-29 at the half.

Duquesne, which finished with two more field goals that George Washington, finished 4-of-21 from 3-point. GW, led by Sina's four 3-pointers, finished 11-of-25 from deep.

Duquesne returns home to face Rhode Island on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN) in the annual Chuck Cooper Classic.

• Duquesne outscored George Washington 32-16 in the paint ... GW outscored DU 17-8 off turnovers ... Duquesne finished with 12 turnovers, GW had 16.

• Duquesne shot 40.6 percent to 42.1 percent for George Washington.

• GW, which came into the game averaging 7.8 3-pointers per game, had eight in the game's first 15:30.

• Freshman Mike Lewis II extended his double-digit scoring streak to 13 games with 11 points.

Jordan Robinson contributed 7 points and 6 rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.

• George Washington never trailed ... the Colonials' largest lead was +16 at 36-20 with 3:15 left in the first half ... there was one tie, at 56-56, with 4:24 left ... GW led for 38:08 ... the game was tied for 1:52.




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