Dukes Fall To No. 14 George Washington, 94-78
Jan. 25, 2006
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored a career-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds to lead No. 14 (AP) George Washington to a 94-78 win over pesky Duquesne at the Palumbo Center. Mike Hall and Danilo Pinnock added 13 points each for the Colonials (15-1, 5-0) who extended their winning streak to seven games. Bryant McAllister scored 23 for the Dukes which trailed by just five with 6:17 left. The loss - Duquesne's ninth-straight - dropped the Dukes to 0-6 in Atlantic 10 play and 2-15 overall.
Duquesne, which had scored over 70 points just three times in 16 previous games, trailed 76-71 with just over six minutes left before the Colonials closed with an 18-7 run for the final margin. A game Duquesne team, which dressed just nine players, gave GW all it could handle up until that point.
George Washington jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead before Duquesne, behind the inspired play of Keith Gayden took a 23-17 lead with 11:03 to go. Gayden, who scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds in the first nine minutes, went to the bench after picking up his third foul with 10:49 to go. Mensah-Bonsu took advantage of his absence with back-to-back dunks to cut the lead to two. George Washington took a 38-35 lead on a Hall 3-pointer ande upped the advantage to 46-41 when Pinnock buried a jumper at the first half buzzer.
Duquesne fell behind by seven two minutes into the second half before rallying to cut the lead to one on a DeVario Hudson 3-pointer at the 16:16 mark. For the next eight minutes it was Duquesne matching GW dunks with 3-pointers before Mike Hall put the Colonials up nine with a 3-pointer at the 7:45 mark. Duquesne responded with a Sean McKeon layup and Aaron Jackson breakaway dunk off a McAllister steal to make it 76-71. It was then that the Colonials put it away with their game-ending run.
George Washington, which finished with eight dunks, outrebounded the Dukes 42-33 with 20 coming at the offensive end. Duquesne, which went 8-of-22 from the 3-point arc, outscored the Colonials 21-16 in points off turnovers. GW shot 61.3 percent in the second half to finish at 49.3 percent. Duquesne shot 45.9 percent for the game.
NOTES: GW outscored Duquesne 50-28 in the paint ... Duquesne, which hadn't scored over 63 points in its five previous games, trailed 65-64 with 11:50 left ... Duquesne's largest lead was six with 11:03 left in the first half ... George Washington's largest lead was the final margin (+16) ... the first half alone featured 10 ties and six lead changes ... Mensah-Bonsu was 10-of 16 from the field with four dunks ... Aaron Jackson handed out a career-high eight assists (with two turnovers) for Duquesne ... Ronnie Thomas came off the bench to score a career-high nine points in 22 minutes ... Keith Gayden, who scored nine points and had seven rebounds in the game's first nine minutes, fouled out with 3:30 left with 13 points and seven boards ... DeVario Hudson (nine points) also fouled out with 2:17 to go for DU.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: "That's the first time in a long time - at least since the Boston College game (Dec. 27) - that we competed. That last eight or nine minutes we just got tired. Part of it was great defensive pressure by George Washington and part was fatigue on our end. The game was a lot closer than the final score indicated. I think we made a step in the right direction. If we can go into St. Bonaventure with this kind of effort, we have a chance to win.
"Pops [Mensah-Bonsu] is the real deal. He's improved so much in every area. He's an NBA player for sure."