@DuqMBB Conquers Colonials
Jan. 31, 2018
WASHINGTON DC - Mike Lewis II led four players in double figures with 17 points as Duquesne shot a season-high 50 percent in holding off George Washington, 75-73, at Smith Center.
Kellon Taylor, who scored a career-high 11, hit one of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to seal the win for the Dukes, who saw a seven-point lead cut to two with 12 seconds left.
Duquesne took a 73-66 lead on a pair of Smith free throws with 31 seconds on the clock, before GW's Patrick Steeves, who finished with a game-high 23, scored on a drive and Yuta Watanabe added a 3-pointer to make it 73-71 with 12 seconds remaining. Williams Jr. and Taylor sandwiched free throws around a Terry Nolan Jr. bucket for the final margin.
There were seven ties and three lead changes, before GW closed the first half with an 8-0 run to take a 36-33 lead.
Lewis II had 15 in the opening 20 minutes for the Dukes.
The game remained tight until Marko Krivacevic, who entered the game averaging 1.0 points per game, hit the second of his two 3-pointers to give the Dukes a 63-58 lead with 7:25 left.
The lead reached seven on a Lewis II basket - his only of the second half - with 5:45 remaining.
GW cut it to three twice, but could get no closer until Watanabe's 3-pointer.
Lewis II finished 3-of-5 from 3-point for the Dukes who shot a season-best .643 (9-of-14) from the arc. Williams Jr., Smith and Krivacevic had two 3-pointers apiece for DU.
Smith and Taylor helped the Duquesne bench outscore GW's 35-11.
Duquesne, which outrebounded GW 31-29, finished with an 18-3 advantage in second-chance points.
Duquesne returns home to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. for its annual "Red Out." The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free "Red Out" T-shirt courtesy of UPMC Health Plan. The game will be televised nationally by NBCSN.
This is the first time since 2010 & 2011 that Duquesne has posted back-to-back wins over George Washington. DU, which won the first meeting in Pittsburgh on Jan. 3 (69-52), won four in a row in the series from January of 2008 through February of 2011.
DU shot a season-best .643 (9-of-14) from the 3-point arc. The previous best was .529 (18-of-34) vs. Delaware State on Dec. 9. The 28-of-56 effort from the field (50 percent), bettered the previous season high of .492 set in a triple-overtime win over La Salle on Jan. 13.
Kellon Taylor, who played his high school ball at nearby DeMatha High School, finished with a career-high 11 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Taylor's previous career best was eight, which he reached three times (vs. La Salle on Jan. 13 last). Taylor's two steals tied his career high.
Marko Krivacevic, who entered the game with four field goal attempts in four games (15 total minutes played), hit two 3-pointers in a 1:25 span of the second half. His second 3-pointer gave the Dukes a 63-58 lead with 7:25 left. The first year JC transfer finished with six points in seven minutes.
Duquesne's largest lead was seven, the last of which came at 73-66 with 0:26 left ... George Washington's largest lead was six at 41-35 with 17:57 left ... Duquesne led for 27:16 and GW led for 7:35 ... the game was tied for 5:09 ... there were eight ties and eight lead changes before Tarin Smith gave the Dukes the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 12:36 left.